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The Antonio Brown sweepstakes hasn’t stopped the Pittsburgh Steelers from doing big business with their big people.

The team has re-signed center Maurkice Pouncey and guard Ramon Foster to multi-year deals, the team announced Thursday.

Pouncey will become the NFL’s highest-paid center at $11 million per year over three years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

A source confirms Foster is signing for two years and is worth $8.25 million.

Foster and Pouncey have started along the Steelers’ line for the past nine seasons. Pouncey, a first-round pick in 2010, has made three straight Pro Bowls. Foster is an undrafted free agent from 2009 who keeps producing.

Keeping the line together sets the stage for a mega-deal for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is close with his linemen.

As insurance, the team also placed a second-round tender on guard B.J. Finney, a restricted free agent. The tender is worth $3.095 million.

The Steelers are still talking with teams about trading Brown, and a deal could happen as early as Friday.

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"It's crazy, cause it's like, we're in the playoffs and we don't even have to play this week. I'm like 'what the?'" Joe Haden said.

Steelers cornerback Joe Haden would usually be sitting at home during this time of the year.

Haden never even sniffed the playoffs for the first seven seasons of his career as a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns won a combined 29 games while Haden was there, and the 2017-18 group just became the second NFL team to go 0-16. From 2010 to 2016, during this time of year, Haden was back home in California, watching other teams play on TV.

“I was telling [my teammates] that I was watching them play against the Patriots last year,” he said. “I was just sitting in my crib and I’d always been doing that, watching good teams. … I’d been in my offseason for two weeks, in my offseason for three weeks, and teams are still playing football. …

“And now other teams are looking at me like, ‘Oh he’s still playing.’ And I’m like ‘Yeah, we’re still out here.'”

While Haden prepares for his first postseason game, the Browns, who released him in August, have to deal with a parade some fans are preparing to conduct on Saturday to mock the 0-16 season.

“It is what it is,” Haden said. “I feel like if you want to be that miserable and go have an 0-16 parade, then have fun.

“I just think it’s lame. I think they went 0-16, the organization and everybody is not happy with it. I feel like the fans, they’re not going to be happy about celebrating an 0-16 parade. I just think it’s really lame.”

Haden is anything but miserable after signing with the Steelers. He started 10 games in the regular season and helped them to a 13-3 record and a first-round bye.

Haden will be watching football on the couch again this weekend, but this time it’s with the knowledge that more football lies ahead for him.

“It’s crazy ’cause it’s like, we’re in the playoffs and we don’t even have to play this week. I’m like ‘what the?'” Haden joked.

It’s a weird feeling for Haden to know that the misery of an 0-16 season could have been his reality.

“It’s probably very, very tough,” he said, noting he still watches the Browns when he can. “You try to always look in the mirror and figure out what you could’ve did more. What could I have done better for us to win a game or two. It’s just tough for everybody. It’s tough for the coaching staff, it’s tough for the players.”

In some ways, this new success is foreign to him. Haden pointed out that 22-year-old cornerback Artie Burns has more playoff experience than he does after playing in the postseason last year as a rookie. But he said he firmly believes it’s all happened for a reason.

“At the time when I got released by the Browns, everybody was going ‘Oh, Joe got cut by the Browns!’ And you don’t want to look at it like that,” Haden said. “I’m looking at it as an opportunity to further my career somewhere else. …

“I went seven years as hard as I could, played my tail off, I gave them everything I had. So when I was released from there, it was more like, ‘All right, well, I guess you probably want to go somewhere else,’ but I look at it as a blessing to play wherever I wanted.”

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No matter how the New York Giants coaches and players want to parse what went down Sunday in a 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it didn’t look good for cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

He was beat for a long touchdown and missed several tackles while barely getting a hand on a ball carrier the entire afternoon.

It sure appeared to most non-biased onlookers that there was a lack of effort on Jenkins’ part. Or as coach Ben McAdoo explained earlier in the week, there were players whose desire to finish wasn’t consistent.

Jenkins, who was suspended the previous week for a violation of teams rules, doesn’t seem to think that applies to him in this case.

“They question one game? Question the other 36. Question the other 36 games. It be like that. Sometimes you don’t have the best game. Everybody knows that. One out of 36 games? I don’t care what they say.”

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“It’s football. Played to the best of my ability. It wasn’t lack of effort,” he said. “I just think it was lack of technique and just staying focused.”

Jenkins’ critics during and after the game didn’t seem to agree with that assessment. The Pro Bowl cornerback didn’t seem affected.

“They question one game? Question the other 36. Question the other 36 games,” Jenkins said, referring to the rest of his career. “It be like that. Sometimes you don’t have the best game. Everybody knows that. One out of 36 games? I don’t care what they say.”

Whatever happened on that field Sunday prompted a meeting between Jenkins and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo earlier this week. Jenkins admitted the two were direct with each other.

The Giants’ lack of desire to finish consistently also forced McAdoo to hold a meeting Wednesday where he showed questionable moments from Sunday’s loss. Jenkins appeared on the screen, and not in a good way.

“He obviously agreed he didn’t have the best game. And he realizes that,” Spagnuolo said. “We had a good talk. Really good. He wants to do that. He’s ready to go. I love that guy.

“He’s all-in. He gives everything he’s got. He missed a few tackles. It was more technique than anything we thought looking at it. I’m sure he’ll be better this week.”

The Giants need Jenkins to resemble the player that made his first Pro Bowl last season in the first year of his lucrative new contract, not the player they saw on Sunday. Jenkins allowed an 83-yard touchdown to Marquis Goodwin and missed a tackle on Garrett Celek’s 47-yard score.

Jenkins also barely laid a hand on 49ers running back Carlos Hyde on two others plays and had miscommunication with safety Landon Collins on at least one second-half completion. It was like the player wearing No. 20 in blue wasn’t the same player from last year.

Sunday was a disastrous afternoon for Jenkins and the Giants defense, which has allowed 82 points in the past two weeks combined. Jenkins still has no regrets.

“If I do, then it might happen this week. Nah, I don’t regret them. It happened,” he said. “Can’t take it back.”

Jenkins is brushing it all off as part of his profession. Play poorly and criticism comes with the territory, he said.

Janoris Jenkins fell short on several plays Sunday, most prominently this 83-yard TD catch-and-run by Marquise Goodwin.

He did realize it wasn’t his best game, otherwise he would’ve have needed to meet 1-on-1 with the defensive coordinator. Jenkins took blame for Goodwin’s touchdown. He said he was trying to knock the ball loose and force a fumble on one of the missed tackles. He blamed poor technique for some of the others.

“It’s always tough but as a pro you have to own up to it,” Jenkins said. “You have to understand that is a part of football and move forward.”

Jenkins will have an opportunity to make amends Sunday when the Giants host the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants expect more from their $62.5 million cornerback.

“Overall I think he can play better,” Spagnuolo said. “He believes he can play better. He knows. We need him to play better.”

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Vontae Davis had his version of the story. The Indianapolis Colts had their version of how things went down with the cornerback.

Who’s right?

Colts general manager Chris Ballard was on WFNI-1070 AM on Thursday afternoon and said that they never heard any complaints from Davis about his groin. It was revealed late Wednesday night that Davis should get groin surgery, news that Ballard said he was surprised to hear.

When it comes down to it, though, it really doesn’t matter who’s right because Ballard tried to alleviate any possible distractions during the Colts’ final seven games by releasing Davis on Thursday morning.

The release of Davis doesn’t hurt the Colts’ future because the team didn’t plan to re-sign him once he hit the free-agent market next spring. The Colts tried to trade him prior to the deadline last week.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has been adamant that it was a coach’s decision on why Davis didn’t travel to Houston for the team’s game against the Texans last weekend, spoke to the media on an unscheduled day Thursday without taking any questions.

“Every decision that we make, that I make, is based on two things — that’s what’s best for the football team and what gives us the best chance to win,” Pagano said. “This isn’t about one guy. Nobody is bigger than the team and it starts with me. I’m not. Nobody is. Only thing that matters is the football team and winning. We love Vontae. I love Vontae. I’m grateful for the contributions that he’s made over the last six years. We’ve been together for a long time. He’s done a lot of great things for us. We’re putting this to bed. We’re not going to talk about this anymore. We’re not going to answer any more questions about it. … We wish Vontae nothing but the best moving forward. It’s Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.”

Pagano immediately stepped away from the podium. And in the eyes of the Colts, Davis becomes a distant memory.

That’s the hope at least.

The focus is now on the current group of Colts cornerbacks instead of playing a game of merry-go-round on who is right in the Davis situation. If the past six days have been any indication, this could have turned even messier. The Colts can spend the final seven weeks of the season evaluating the rest of the defensive backs to see which ones they believe fit the roster for next season.

Instead of it being Davis as the elder statesmen for the Colts’ cornerbacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it’ll be Rashaan Melvin and his five years leading the way for a group that features rookies Kenny Moore II, Nate Hairston and Quincy Wilson, second-year players D.J. White and Chris Milton, and fourth-year player Pierre Desir — depending on which players are active.

There will be plenty of bumps along the way with this young group. The Colts are fine with that, because it’s not all about today for the franchise; it’s more about the future.