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AFC North News and Rumors
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
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 TweetAs 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 TweetThe Baltimore Ravens could open the season on the road because of a scheduling conflict with baseball's Orioles.Upvote Share Tweet
AFC North afternoon roundupHere 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'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 TweetBen 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 receiversDon'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 interestCNNSI.com Updated Mar 18, 2013Former Steeler Harrison failing to attract interestUpvote Share TweetThe 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 pUpvote Share TweetThe 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?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 leadershipThe 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 dUpvote Share Tweet
Fred Davis accuser testifies that Redskins are jealous of RavensThe 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 TweetOffensive 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 TweetBengals 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 TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 18, 2013The 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 TweetAfter 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
Ravens Dealing With ChangeMar 18AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley looks at the Ravens' turbulent offseason.
PTI Big Finish March 18Mar 18PTI runs down Monday's top stories.
On the Clock: Cincinnati BengalsMar 18What 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."
Pittsburgh Steelers' draft strategy after losing key free agentsMar 18The "Path to the Draft" crew analyzes the Pittsburgh Steelers' upcoming draft strategy after losing some key players via free agency.
Don Banks: Patriots owner Robert Kraft upset with Wes Welker's agentMar 18PHOENIX -- 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 meetingsMar 18The 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 18PHOENIX -- Lord, the NFC West is going to be a bear of a division in 2013.