Welcome to Down Under Digest, NFL Down Under’s weekly news recap article. Every Sunday we’ll bring your attention to some of the biggest events of the past week in helpful, easily digestible bite-sized chunks. Enjoy!
Browns To Be Sold By August In news that stunned many, it has been announced that the Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has put up for sale the controlling stake in the team. What's even more shocking is they are being sold to the minority owner of division rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Jimmy Haslam. Cleveland fans need not worry though, because the club has a lease in place with the city of Cleveland until 2029. For a franchise that is continuously going through rebuilding phases, it can only add more turmoil as it is likely that Mike Holmgren will not be around for much longer. Has Tebowmania Run Its Course? Tim Tebow, perhaps the most universally loved athlete in the NFL, is starting to experience the other side of the coin during the first day of New York Jets training camp. After throwing some shaky passes, some of the fans who had come to watch the Jets practice in the rain started to heckle him. But don't worry, I'm sure people will still be calling for him to start over Mark Sanchez after three weeks of the season. Tannehill Gets Paid But Miami Dolphins Starting QB Job A Two-Horse Race Eighth overall pick in this year's draft, QB Ryan Tannehill, finally got the contract he was looking for after reaching a four-year agreement with the Dolphins. ESPN reports the deal is worth $12.6 million over the four years with an fifth season option. The former Texas A&M quarterback missed two days of training camp due to stagnant contract negotiations regarding offset language, but said he wasn't prepared to sit out any longer. While he can now battle Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting QB job, it's highly unlikely Tannehill will start week one as Miami will look to groom him and gradually prepare him for the NFL. He's expected to kick off his inaugural NFL training camp on Sunday. Steelers Sign A Receiver, But Not The One You Think Well, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers WRs will be getting the pay day once offered to the other. Antonio Brown has signed a 5 year, $42.5 million extension with the Steelers, providing them some stability at wideout until the 2017 season. The extension signed by Brown is virtually the same offer that was made to Mike Wallace, who is currently holding out for Vincent Jackson money. Your move, Mike. Suh Adds To Lions' Offseason Of Legal Trouble First off, let me say I'm devastated that the headline "Ndamukong Sued" was already taken. The Detroit Lions star DT was sued by a female passenger who was in the car Suh was driving when he had an accident on December 3 last year. The woman claimed she suffered injuries as a result of the crash and is seeking more than $1 million in damages. After all the driving-related incidents Lions players have had this offseason, the team should probably just shell out for drivers to keep them out of trouble. It would be a good investment Maybe Dez Did, Maybe Dez Didn't After being arrested last week on charges of domestic violence, Dez Bryant now appears to be in the clear. Bryant's mother has stated that she doesn't wish to pursue any case against her son. While it hasn't killed the case completely, prosecutors can still continue if they choose to. But it will be hard for them to proceed without the help of the alleged victim. The Unusually Quiet Randy Moss Has Spoken Randy Moss has, by all accounts, been doing the right thing since he signed the with San Francisco 49ers. His coaches and teammates have been gushing about his ability and work ethic. Now, for the first time in months, Moss spoke to the media and he came across as humble and happy to be back in the league. I know we've done the "Randy Moss has changed" dance before, but the reports coming out of the 49ers are hard to ignore. With his new attitude - and if he has any of that natural ability left - Moss might be making the doubters eat their words. Uh Oh, The Kardashians Might Have Some Rivals The last thing we need is another spotlight-loving, contrived reality TV family. The Osbournes and the Kardashians are the first two I can think of and that's two too many. But we soon might be seeing the Gronkowskis through the eyes of a TV camera. While we can almost be assured they will be infinitely more watchable than someone who gets married for a payday, I can't help but cringe at the idea of another show about the day to day life of a family. Brandon Marshall Making A Pitch To Spielberg? We can always count on Brandon Marshall to say something...interesting. During an interview on the NFL Network, Marshall mentioned the reuniting of himself and Jay Cutler at the Chicago Bears is a story worth writing a book or movie about. We'll have to see by season's end whether the story will be more like "Miracle on Ice" or "Semi-Pro."