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AFC North News and Rumors
With the situation in Minnesota going from simmer to full boil over the past few days, and with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II, chair of the league’s stadium committee, planning to meet with legislative leaders on Friday, noUpvote Share Tweet
Draft minute: LB-DE Courtney UpshawHere's a quick analysis to go along with the video report by ESPN's Todd McShay: Courtney Upshaw Position: Defensive end-linebacker. School: Alabama Possible AFC North destinations: Ravens, Steelers and Bengals Positive: Very strong and runs to the ball…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens sign ex-Colt Painter to back up FlaccoThe Baltimore Ravens have signed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter to a one-year contractUpvote Share Tweet
Browns settled on choice for overall No. 4 pickWild rumors are flying around about Cleveland's plans in next week's NFL draft.Upvote Share Tweet
On the spot: Bengals safety Taylor MaysOver the next week, the AFC North will feature one player who is "On the spot" leading up to the NFL draft. That's a player who is holding a starting job now, but could lose it depending on how his team drafts. Taylor Mays, Bengals safety Who …Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens held a backup quarterback derby on Thursday and the winner was Curtis Painter. Painter, Kyle Boller and Dennis Dixon all worked out for the team and the Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have signed Painter to a one-year deal. Whe…Upvote Share TweetNo team is expected to make a run at Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace before Friday's deadline, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The lack of interest shouldn't be a reflection on Wallace, who is one of the top young wide re…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Apr 19, 2012When the NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, the game that drew the most attention was the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Sunday Night Football's" season premiere. It was widely assumed that Denver got the nod because the…Upvote Share Tweet
Mayock says Browns need to take Trent RichardsonThe top three picks in the draft are expected to be Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), and Matt Kalil (Vikings). The Browns pick fourth, and G.M. Tom Heckert stopped well short of tipping his team’s hand in a Thursday afternoon pre-drafUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens. Steelers. The re-match. The movie trailer.baltimoresun.com Updated Apr 19, 2012As if the rivalry between Baltimore and Pittsburgh needed to be ratcheted up a few notches, the NFL is ratcheting away -- months before football season even starts.Upvote Share TweetBrowns general manager Tom Heckert held his predraft press conference on Thursday and offered a little insight into what the team is thinking a week before the first round picks are made. Major stress on “a little.” People don’t tend to tip their haUpvote Share TweetLeading up to the NFL draft, no player has caused more of a heated debate in the AFC North blog than Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Some draft analysts, like ESPN's Todd McShay, believe the Cleveland Browns should consider taking Tannehill wi…Upvote Share TweetMinnesota's latest stadium snag has the NFL publicly questioning the state's interest in keeping the Vikings and league Commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned enough that he's coming for another visit.Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens' schedule ranked second-hardestOur friends at numberFire have crunched all the schedules and determined the Baltimore Ravens have the second-hardest road to the playoffs. The group rated the five toughest and easiest schedules based on their calculations. The Ravens, who were one gam…Upvote Share Tweet
Steelers consider Dontari Poe as Casey Hampton’s heir apparentAfter Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe’s stunning performance at the Scouting Combine, there was talk that he could be a Top 5 pick. Then everyone remembered that football isn’t played in shorts and a T-shirt, and that defensive tackles aren’t aUpvote Share Tweet
Kiper's three-round mock: AFC North styleIn the latest mock draft by Mel Kiper Jr., the ESPN draft analyst goes three rounds. It's an Insider piece, but I can give you a glimpse of the AFC North part of it along with my commentary: CINCINNATI BENGALS Rd 1 (17) CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolin…Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Apr 19, 2012The following news shouldn't come as a surprise, as James Harrison has both strong opinions and two eyes: The menacing Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker doesn't like the new "bumblebees in jail" throwbacks the team will be wearing for its 80th se…Upvote Share TweetCedric Benson’s departure from the Bengals in free agency was assumed long became official. Benson was critical of the offensive direction on several occasions, didn’t hear anything from the Bengals once free agency opened and then had his exit set inUpvote Share TweetBuffaloBills.com lists the team’s 30 pre-draft visitors. Second-round quarterbacks have a poor success rate. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has earned his due. ESPN New York examines the Jets’ options in the draft. Ravens CB Lardarius Webb wants to beUpvote Share Tweet
Wake-up: Saban likes Richardson, BrownsEvery morning, grab a cup of coffee and get your AFC North wake-up call here: It appears that I'm not the only one who thinks the Browns should take Alabama running back Trent Richardson. His college coach, Nick Saban, feels Richardson would be a great …Upvote Share Tweet
Rumor Central: Brandon WeedenApr 19ESPN Insider Chris Sprow discusses the possibility of Brandon Weeden getting drafted late in Round One.
Mike Wallace Likely To Remain With SteelersApr 19Adam Schefter on why Steelers WR Mike Wallace hasn't been offer a contract by any other team.
Don Banks: He's not a Redskin yet, but RG3 is feeling the love from D.C. a…Apr 19We're still a week away from officially knowing Robert Griffin III's fate in the NFL draft, but it sure doesn't feel that way, does it? In many ways, it seems like Griffin became a Redskin the minute Washington and St. Louis executed their blockbuster f…