This is the March 18, 2013 news archive. View today's AFC North rumors and news.

AFC North News and Rumors

Ravens, Falcons get four compensatory picks

Ravens, Falcons get four compensatory picks

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Updated Mar 18, 2013
Not to be lost in the discussion of the Ravens’ recent free-agent losses: they went through the same thing last offseason. In 2012, the Ravens lost offensive guard Ben Grubbs, outside linebacker Jarret Johnson and four other contributors in free agency.
Upvote Share Tweet
  • Browns, Bengals looking at Hasselbeck

    Browns, Bengals looking at Hasselbeck

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    The Tennessee Titans released Matt Hasselbeck and it's no surprise that half of the AFC North is interested in the 15-year veteran. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are among a growing list of teams looking at Hasselbeck, according to ESPN's …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Trent Richardson a poster boy for ban on runners lowering heads

    Trent Richardson a poster boy for ban on runners lowering heads

    profootballtalk.com Mar 18, 2013
    As the NFL considers a rule change this week that would penalize runners for lowering their helmets into tacklers, Browns running back Trent Richardson is being presented as the poster boy for the proposal. Specifically, a play in the September Eagles-B…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Champion Ravens might not open at home

    Champion Ravens might not open at home

    The Baltimore Ravens could open the season on the road because of a scheduling conflict with baseball's Orioles.
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • AFC North afternoon roundup

    AFC North afternoon roundup

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    Here are some news and notes from around the division: BALTIMORE RAVENS NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he has talked to MLB commissioner Bud Selig twice about moving the Orioles' game on Thursday, Sept. 5, to earlier in the day so the Ravens can op…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Harbaugh: '12 Ravens will be 'together forever'

    Harbaugh: '12 Ravens will be 'together forever'

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    Although the 2013 Baltimore Ravens will have a different look than last season's Super Bowl champions, coach John Harbaugh seems to be taking the changes in stride, telling the NFL Network that it's impossible for a team to stay the same in today's NFL.
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Browns' options at tight end dwindling

    Browns' options at tight end dwindling

    Ben Watson, the Cleveland Browns' starting tight end for the past three seasons, signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Monday. While the Browns weren't expected to re-sign Watson, this officially means they'll need to find a new starti…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Marvin Lewis defends his young receivers

    Marvin Lewis defends his young receivers

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    Don't expect the Cincinnati Bengals to sign a wide receiver in free agency. Head coach Marvin Lewis made that clear in defending his young receivers at the NFL owners meetings. Lewis offered his rebuttal to Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Dougherty, …
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Former Steeler Harrison failing to attract interest

    Former Steeler Harrison failing to attract interest

    CNNSI.com Mar 18, 2013
    Former Steeler Harrison failing to attract interest
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Titans talking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Titans talking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

    The Bengals aren’t the only team interested in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick has met with the Titans as well as the Bengals, according to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network. Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has acknowledged that he’s p
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Bengals retain another in Rey Maualuga

    Bengals retain another in Rey Maualuga

    The offseason question of whether the Cincinnati Bengals really did want Rey Maualuga to come back was answered Monday morning, when the team re-signed the veteran linebacker to a two-year, $6.5 million deal, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Who will kick off 2013 season at Baltimore?

    Who will kick off 2013 season at Baltimore?

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    As Super Bowl champions, or what's left of that team, the Baltimore Ravens get the honor of kicking off the 2013 season with a home Thursday night prime-time game. The opponent for the season-opening game is typically announced at the NFL owners meeting…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Mike Tomlin: We’re not devoid of leadership

    Mike Tomlin: We’re not devoid of leadership

    profootballtalk.com Mar 18, 2013
    The Steelers are coming off an 8-8 season, saying goodbye to several key contributors who are leaving in free agency and hearing players who are sticking around talk about fractures in the locker room. That’s led some to opine that the Steelers are in d
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Fred Davis accuser testifies that Redskins are jealous of Raven…

    Fred Davis accuser testifies that Redskins are jealous of Ravens

    profootballtalk.com Mar 18, 2013
    The woman who is suing Fred Davis says that the incident between them began because Davis was jealous that she was hanging out with Ravens players, not Redskins players. Plaintiff Makini R. Chaka testified that Davis, a free agent tight end who has play…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Pittsburgh Steelers tried to sign Jake Long

    Pittsburgh Steelers tried to sign Jake Long

    Offensive tackle Jake Long signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday night that could be worth up to $36 million. The former No. 1 overall pick reportedly chose the Rams over the Miami Dolphins, but there was another interested team as w…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Marvin Lewis wants no part of old guys like Randy Moss

    Marvin Lewis wants no part of old guys like Randy Moss

    profootballtalk.com Mar 18, 2013
    Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is a confident man. And he does not respond well to folks telling him how to do his job. After a Sunday column in the Cincinnati Enquirer by Paul Daugherty suggesting that the Bengals needed to make more of a splash in free ag…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • King: NFC West an emerging powerhouse after first week of free …

    King: NFC West an emerging powerhouse after first week of free agency

    CNNSI.com Mar 18, 2013
    The Rams added a key piece late Sunday, adding to the intrigue in an NFC West that looks downright ferocious. Peter King assesses the fallout from free agency's first week.
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Wake-up call: Interest in Grimes, Dumervil

    Wake-up call: Interest in Grimes, Dumervil

    ESPN.com Mar 18, 2013
    After a busy few days to start free agency, this weekend included a lot of rumors but no signings. Expect some deals (as well as the announcement of compensatory picks) over the next couple of days at the NFL owners meetings. The AFC North blog won't be…
    Upvote Share Tweet
  • Video - Ravens Dealing With Change 04:03

    Ravens Dealing With Change

    Mar 18
    AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley looks at the Ravens' turbulent offseason.
  • Video - PTI Big Finish  March 18 01:03

    PTI Big Finish March 18

    Mar 18
    PTI runs down Monday's top stories.
  • Video - On the Clock:  Cincinnati Bengals 03:43

    On the Clock: Cincinnati Bengals

    Mar 18
    What will the Cincinnati Bengals do with the 21st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? Solomon Wilcots shares his thoughts on "Path to the Draft."
  • Video - Pittsburgh Steelers' draft strategy after losing key free agents 03:03

    Pittsburgh Steelers' draft strategy after losing key free agents

    Mar 18
    The "Path to the Draft" crew analyzes the Pittsburgh Steelers' upcoming draft strategy after losing some key players via free agency.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Patriots owner Robert Kraft upset with Wes Welker's agent

    Mar 18
    PHOENIX -- Thanks to the culture established by their tight-lipped head coach, the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick era have been well known for their refusal to re-live the past, always choosing to focus on the future and moving ahead rather …
  • Lots of sunshine at 2013 NFL owners meetings

    Mar 18
    The NFL is in good shape as the owners convene to ponder rules changes, trade proposals and more, writes John Clayton.
  • Peter King: NFC West an emerging powerhouse after first week of free agenc…

    Mar 18
    PHOENIX -- Lord, the NFC West is going to be a bear of a division in 2013.