Here's some highlights from this week's AFC North chat. Somehow a disgruntled wide receiver from the NFC North made it into our conversation. If you want a full transcript, you can send a $100 check to AFC North headquarters, or you can simply click here.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY): What AFC North team will have the best defense in 2012?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Steelers. The Ravens are without Suggs. The Bengals will be without Leon Hall for a period. And the Browns will be without Phil Taylor. I know Pittsburgh might not have Casey Hampton, but I still see the Steelers defense as the class of the AFC North.
Sean (New York): 9-7 for the Ravens??? Really Jamison??? Really?????
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Not sure why there is so much shock over this. The Ravens can have a down year every now and then. This is a team that's been to the playoffs for four straight seasons and now is dealing with a lot of off-the-field distractions. People are acting like I picked the Ravens to go 6-10.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Wallace won't get Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald money. But he should get more than Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. A little over $21 million guaranteed on a five-year contract would be a fair deal.
Tom (Columbus): How important will the second wide reciever spot be for the Bengals because they already have wide receiver A.J. Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham plus a slot guy in Jordan Shipley?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): You nailed it by mentioning Gresham. This should be a breakout season for him. The pecking order in terms of receptions will be Green and then Gresham. But the Bengals still need to find a dependable No. 2 wide receiver. It was only one day, but I was impressed with how Brandon Tate looked at minicamp.
Eric (new york): Hey Jamison keep up the great work. With the lack of speed and quality receivers, does it make sense for the browns to at least reach out about Percy Harvin since he is requesting a trade?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): As Adam Schefter pointed out, the Vikings need receivers. They're not trading him. He's not coming to Cleveland.
Harrison (New York): Percy Harvin's chances of being traded to Cincinnati?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): As Adam Schefter pointed out, the Vikings need receivers. They're not trading him. He's not coming to Cincinnati.
Brady (Nashville): With the running back situation in Pittsburgh being what it is, do you expect a good season from Isaac Redman seeing as how Rashard Mendenhall will more than likely start on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list? Meaning do you see a 1,000-plus yard season for Redman this year behind an improved offensive line and possible more run-heavy offense?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Redman should be good for 1,000 yards rushing and about eight touchdowns.
Teryl Sugg (Baltimore): I will return to the field. Don't worry, I'll be splendid.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Achilles injury has affected your ability to spell your own name.