First contact: Steelers assistant says Chris Boswell will get a new deal at some point, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield update

At least one coach from the Pittsburgh Steelers believes that a key player will receive a new contract. There is an update to Baker Mayfield’s status in Cleveland. Chris Archer finally won a game. And things don’t get any easier for pirates.

All in the “first call” on Thursday.


optimistic opinion

Steelers footballer Chris Boswell has been superb the past three years, scoring 84 of his 91 field goals during that time (92.3%).

But he is entering the last year of his contract. However, special teams coordinator Danny Smith is not worried about Boswell leaving at the end of 2022.

“He’s excellent. We’re happy with him. He’ll get a new deal at some point,” Smith said on Wednesday.

In terms of raw cash paid out this year, Spotrac says Boswell is set to make $3.26 million, number 15 among kickers this year. But his $4.94 million goal is fifth on the team according to OverTheCap.com.


Missing Mayfield

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will be exempted from the team’s mandatory junior camp next week.

Cleveland coach Kevin Stefansky said it was a joint decision between him and the team.

Via NFL.com, “All players are subject to fines of over $90,000 if they are not present during the three days of mandatory junior camp, but Mayfield’s excused absence means the Cleveland quarterback will not be penalized.”

Mayfield is in trouble with Cleveland. He solicited a trade during Brown’s pursuit of Deshaun Watson – who eventually signed a fully guaranteed $230 million contract.

But the franchise has yet to move from Mayfield, the 2018 NFL’s first overall pick. Meanwhile, Watson is currently facing 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct during massages, and is under investigation by the league. There is no word on when – or if – he might be suspended by the NFL.

Jacobi Brissett may be in line to be the best quarterback in the franchise if that happens, and Mayfield continues to stay away.


urgently needed

Chris Archer earned a win at the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. It was only his second win since his departure from Pirates.

His last start was in Pittsburgh on August 20, 2019. His last win was here on June 6, 2019.

The right-handed did not resort to playing in 2020 due to thoracic outlet syndrome. Then he appeared in only six games last season, winning once. In his previous 10 matches this year, Archer was 0-2.

But that changed on Wednesday as the Twins beat New York by 8-1. Archer only allowed one run he won in five rounds on the hill.

Archer has only hit two runs on 10 tires in his last two starts, dropping his ERA from 4.19 to 3.65 in his 11 start of the season.

The defeat ended the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.


Too hot to stop?

After losing two consecutive home games to a poor team of Tigers, the Buccaneers now have to go on the road and play four games against the hottest teams in Major League Baseball.

It’s the Atlanta Braves. They have won seven games in a row, including a 13-2 mashed up for Oakland A on Wednesday. Adam Duvall had one of four reptiles for the Brave.

During their winning streak, the Braves outperformed their opponents 52-20. They improved to 30-27 in the year, which is good for a second place in the Eastern National League.

This winning streak was awarded against the likes of the A’s, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. All of these difference are under .500. But so do pirates.

That series kicks off Thursday with JT Brubaker vs. Max Fried of Atlanta. The Braves lead 76 home games in the National League. They have the eighth-most goals in Major League Baseball at 259, the seventh-most goals at 472 and the fifth-best runs at .757.

The field staff has 523 strokes, ranking third in baseball. So the pirate must be fine.

Fine.

Tim Benz is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.

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