Here's your Saturday morning Wake-up Call:
Hines Ward's retirement press conference showed that the veteran wide receiver and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger were "not chummy," which is how the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette described the relationship.
Bouchette points out that Ward mentioned two quarterbacks -- Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox -- at his press conference Wednesday but he didn't bring up Roethlisberger. And there were a handful of teammates that attended the press conference, but Roethlisberger wasn't amount them.
"Should we draw any conclusions from this. Yes, that the two former teammates were not chummy," Bouchette wrote. "Roethlisberger took the high road when he told me after Ward’s release by the Steelers that the so-called animosity between them was blown out of proportion. Not all teammates are chummy."
Hensley's slant: Roethlisberger and Ward are a good example that quarterbacks and wide receivers don't need to be best buddies to be successful. But they do need to trust one another on the field. And it was evident that Roethlisberger could trust Ward to catch the ball in critical situations and fight for first downs.
BENGALS: Jamaal Anderson is joining the Bengals, the free-agent defensive end posted on Twitter. "I'm excited to say I'm starting a new chapter in my career with the Cincinnati Bengals! Shout out to the WhoDeyNation," Anderson tweeted Friday. Anderson started his first three seasons for the Falcons before becoming part of the Colts' rotation last season. Hensley's slant: The Bengals reached agreements Friday with two defensive ends who were picked eighth overall in their draft class -- Anderson (2007) and Derrick Harvey (2008). Who's next? Greg Ellis? On a serious note, Anderson brings versatility to the Bengals. He played defensive end and tackle last season for the Colts.
BROWNS: The repairs at Cleveland Browns Stadium have been stalled by a court challenge from the low-bidder who was passed over for the work. The Browns, who lease the city-owned stadium, want to refurbish seats and fix concrete before a Kenny Chesney concert July 29. Hensley's slant: Yes, it was a slow end of the week for the Browns in free agency. Actually, the court needs to find some way to repair the Browns' offense as well.
RAVENS: Coach John Harbaugh said it's "definitely a possibility" that backup offensive tackle Jah Reid could replace Ben Grubbs at left guard. "I would say right now, today, he’s the left guard," Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. "He’s got to earn that spot but we’ll be continuing to look for players. Our goal would be to put the five best offensive linemen on the field. Jah, certainly, I’d like to see him be one of those guys, but it’s up to him to earn that spot.” Hensley's slant: Going from a Pro Bowl guard in Grubbs to a converted one in Reid is a step backward. I still see this as the Ravens' last resort if they can't find a better solution in free agency or the draft.