“I’m a first-class guy in the relationship (with the Steelers), and the first step to getting better is showing up,” he said.
Brown is regarded as the best route runner in the NFL and he’s strongly in the discussion as the best wide receiver in the league. His contract doesn’t add up to his contributions. Brown knows it and the Steelers should, too.
“When you don’t have contact with somebody for as long as we did, you don’t know every little detail of what’s going on,” Gase continued. “(Surgery) was a decision that we had to make. We’ll see how everything goes moving forward.”
The designation won’t affect Jordan’s future with the team or the conditions of his reinstatement, but he’ll lose out on the $1.7 million bonus he would have received Monday if he were on the active roster.
The move comes two days after the NFL conditionally reinstated after being suspended for more than a year following multiple violations of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Gase said that Jordan “has a fresh start with him and that past events were “irrelevant.”
In addition to placing Jordan on the NFI list, the team also activated newly signed running back Arian Foster (Achilles tendon) from the physically unable to perform list. Foster was placed on PUP Friday a little more than a week after he inked a one-year deal with the team.
Jordan has been cleared by the NFL to join the Dolphins at training camp and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. He will be allowed to take part in all preseason activities, including practices and games, once certain conditions of his reinstatement are fully met. If he meets all the criteria of his reinstatement, he will be allowed to play in the regular season for the first time since December 2014.
“I just think the approach, the denial of everything. Looking me in my eye and denying everything, it’s tough,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It disappoints you as a man and a guy who cared so much about him. I obviously care a lot about him as a person and a football player.”