From his earliest days as Steelers coach, Mike Tomlin wanted a seat on the powerful NFL competition committee, a group of coaches and administrators who recommend playing rules and policy changes to the NFL owners for a vote.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell named Tomlin to the committee Tuesday. Tomlin will replace former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. Tomlin had worked on the coaches subcommittee of the Competition Committee since 2009.
"Coach Tomlin will bring additional strength to the committee from the coaching perspective," Goodell said.
"Mike has strong, perceptive views about the game and is effective in expressing them. We look forward to his contributions to the committee's ongoing mission to improve the game."
Tomlin says he is "excited" about the appointment and is looking forward to contributing.
Oakland signed cornerback Mike Jenkins to add experience to an untested secondary. The Raiders also signed free-agent safety Usama Young and brought back free-agent defensive end Andre Carter and cornerback Joselio Hanson for their second seasons with the team.
Brady Quinn is the new backup quarterback for Seattle after agreeing to terms with the club. Quinn beat out three other quarterbacks: Matt Leinart, Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen.
A nephew of owner John Mara pleaded not guilty in Connecticut to charges he hit a man in the head with a bottle at a New Year's Eve party. The 22-year-old nephew also is named John Mara. Mara's defense attorney said he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and breach of peace in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Green Bay signed tight end Matthew Mulligan. Mulligan is a fifth-year NFL veteran out of Maine who played in all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2012.
Former NFL players trying to sue the league over concussion-linked injuries argued in court Tuesday that the NFL "glorified" violence and profited from damaging hits to the head. Players' lawyer David Frederick also accused the league of concealing the emerging science about concussions over several decades, even after creating a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee in 1994. "It set up a sham committee designed to get information about neurological risks, but in fact spread misinformation," Frederick argued at a pivotal federal hearing to determine if the complaints will remain in court or be sent to arbitration.