Inside the AFC North

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are some notes and observations this week in the AFC North:

  • If you are looking for a player on the minds of a lot of AFC North teams, look no further Louisville center Eric Wood. The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing him in for a visit Tuesday. Wood will make his way up Interstate-71 Wednesday to see the Cleveland Browns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers already held a private workout with Wood. To different degrees, center is a need for these three aforementioned teams. Wood is projected to be a second-round prospect who could creep into the bottom of the first round, perhaps to a team like Pittsburgh.

  • Following the most recent arrest of Bengals starting cornerback Leon Hall, we are wondering if the NFL will hand out a suspension of some sort based on the outcome of the legal system. Hall pleaded not guilty to allegedly driving under the influence. If things don't go Hall's way, the league could come down fairly hard, perhaps in the form of one or two games. The Bengals don't have a lot of depth at corner and this could hurt Cincinnati to open the season.

  • Here is an interesting nugget: The Steelers and Carolina Panthers are the only two teams yet to sign an outside free agent. Since we are so far into the process, there is a chance Pittsburgh could go through the entire offseason without signing anyone outside their building, which is a rarity. What does this means for the defending Super Bowl champions? It means head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert are extremely comfortable with what it has and their ability to draft the right players later this month.

  • The Baltimore Ravens say they are open to bringing back longtime kicker Matt Stover for one more season. Stover could be on the team's short list. But in our view, the reluctance to keep two kickers on the active roster next season will prevent this move from happening. Baltimore, and most teams, would rather find one player to fill both field goal and kickoff duties.