Baker Mayfield is recruiting Gerald McCoy to join him in Cleveland.While speaking Saturday at his youth ProCamp, the Browns quarterback acknowledged he’s been trying to convince the free-agent defensive end to play with him as he deferred questions to the team’s upcoming minicamp. “A lot to think about!!” McCoy wrote, with the time stamp of 7:13 a.m. emblazoned at the top. “This is how I clear my head. Going to work!!”The Buccaneers released McCoy last month after nine seasons and quickly filled the void by signing fellow veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal.McCoy expressed a strong preference for signing with a contender before his free agency tour began last month. He visited the Browns and Ravens in the last week but left both teams without a deal, though Cleveland is reportedly still interested.Despite McCoy reportedly attempting to start a bidding war between the AFC North foes, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens told NFL Media the team is still hoping to sign McCoy, adding that the team is fine with him visiting other organizations because they want him to be “all in” if he comes to Cleveland.It was reported earlier this month that McCoy was “strongly considering” Cleveland and Baltimore in addition to “three or four teams” that he could sign “in a week or two.” He added another team to the mix by visiting the Panthers last Thursday, though he left Carolina without a contract as well. NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy to visit Panthers “I have been, but we’re going to stick to just camp questions,” Mayfield said, via cleveland.com.McCoy, a fellow former Sooner standout, had posted earlier Saturday on his Instagram story that he was up and moving at the gym preparing for minicamp somewhere. Related News NFL free agency rumors: Gerald McCoy’s visit with Ravens ends on second day with no deal NFL Media reported Sunday that McCoy “will use the coming days to make a decision” before making his move.It’s worth noting the Browns hold their three-day minicamp June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers have theirs June 11-13.McCoy, 31, initially was drafted out of Oklahoma by Tampa Bay with the third pick in the 2010 draft. He had 54 1/2 sacks and made six Pro Bowls during his time with the Bucs.
DES MOINES — The convictions of two north-central Iowa men in separate murder cases have been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court, but they each could get a new trial after their cases have been sent back to district court to see if their constitutional rights to a fair trial due to the make-up of the jury pool have been violated.Peter Veal of Lake Mills was convicted of first-degree murder in July 2017 by a Webster County jury for the November 2016 murders of Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars in Mason City. Veal’s trial was moved from Mason City to Fort Dodge after a change of venue request was granted due to pre-trial publicity.Antoine Williams of Charles City was convicted by a Floyd County jury in October 2017 of second-degree murder for the June 2017 murder of Nathaniel Fleming outside a Charles City apartment complex.In both cases, appeals were made because of the lack of African-Americans in the jury pool. The Iowa Supreme Court in their written rulings say it appears there were no African-Americans on the jury panel for Williams’ trial, while Veal’s pool only had five African-Americans out of 153 potential jurors, below the percentage of adult African-Americans in Webster County.The Supreme Court affirmed both men’s convictions and sentences, but remands their cases back to district court to allow further consideration of their claims that the juries were not drawn from a fair cross-section of the community in violation of the Sixth Amendment. The Supreme Court says if the district court rejects their claims, their convictions and sentences shall stand. If the district court accepts the claims, the defendants would receive a new trial.