Morning take: Donte Whitner to Cincy?

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

  • The Cincinnati Bengals are in play for free-agent safety Donte Whitner.

Morning take: This would be a good addition for the Bengals, who are in the process of remaking their secondary. Cincinnati doesn't have much speed or impact players on defense, and Whitner could add both.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will pace himself in training camp.

Morning take: Polamalu has suffered tough injuries two straight years to his knee and Achilles. His health will be key to Pittsburgh making another Super Bowl run.

  • Can safety Tom Zbikowski fill the void left by Dawan Landry?

Morning take: Zbikowski has been a part-time starter for two years. It's his turn to take over next to Ed Reed, who should help with the transition.

  • Cleveland Browns rookie receiver Greg Little is taking advantage of early reps in training camp.

Morning take: Receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle) and Josh Cribbs (knee) are both sidelined with early injuries, leaving Little to get valuable playing time. This also gives quarterback Colt McCoy a chance to develop chemistry with the rookie.