Morning take: Esiason feels for Palmer

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason says he "sympathizes" with current quarterback Carson Palmer, who has threatened to retire.

Morning take: Esiason was with Cincinnati during the good times and understands the current climate of the Bengals. Like many, Esiason doesn't believe Palmer is coming back to Cincinnati.

Morning take: Right tackle, in my opinion, is Baltimore's biggest need. But the Ravens could also use youth and depth at guard and center. Look for them to address some of these needs early.

Morning take: For years, the Steelers have passed on offensive tackles in the first round in favor of developmental players later in the draft. This may be the year Pittsburgh changes that philosophy.

Morning take: Cleveland averaged a measly 16.9 points per game last season, which was 31st in the NFL. Fixing a struggling passing game is one of new head coach Pat Shurmur's biggest priorities.