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Morning take: Mendenhall lost endorsement

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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall lost his endorsement contract with Champion following his controversial tweets on the death of Osama bin Laden and the events of 9/11.

Morning take: This was not a surprise, as Mendenhall received a lot of heat nationally all week. If players can lose endorsements over Twitter, they really need to be careful when using that medium.

Morning take: It's questionable if the Bengals can get this kind of offer. But if so, they should take it immediately. Trying to prove a point to a quarterback willing to retire is not worth passing up a golden opportunity to improve the franchise.

  • Here is a list of top free agents the Cleveland Browns have to choose from this offseason.

Morning take: The status of some of these players could be altered depending on what happens with the new collective bargaining agreement. But overall, it's not a deep group of elite talent.

  • Speaking of free agency, the Baltimore Ravens will search for a veteran quarterback behind starter Joe Flacco.

Morning take: The Ravens drafted the athletic Tyrod Taylor in the sixth round, but he's more of a project. Baltimore needs someone similar to Marc Bulger to help remain competitive in the event Flacco goes down.