Should the Bengals take an offensive lineman in the first round to replace Andre Smith? Will the Steelers select tight end Tyler Eifert? What are the chances of the Ravens taking a wide receiver in the first round? Are the Browns targeting cornerback Dee Milliner? These were all topics in the AFC North weekly chat. Here are some highlights ...
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Both should get done before the season begins. The Bengals have the cap room to do it. Now, it comes down to being proactive.
Andy in Hagerstown (Maryland): What about linebacker Karlos Dansby for the Ravens? We need to fill that position and Dansby is quick enough to cover.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Because there are ILBs out there (Dansby and McClain), the Ravens could wait until after the draft to get one. Baltimore can see if an highly rated ILB falls to the bottom of the first round. If not, there should be options out there post-draft.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Fluker isn't the same athlete as Andre Smith. But Fluker has a lot of power. A prototypical right tackle.
Andrew (Ashland, ky) [via mobile]: The Bengals want Andre Smith back but for less than what he wanted to sign for. He's clearly not going to get the reported $9 million per season that he wants. Is the fact that he is still unsigned a case of pride or is there that much competition for the big guy?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I haven't heard of another team interested in Andre Smith. It seems like it's just a matter of time before the Bengals sign him. And you're right, he's not going to get $9M per season.
George (Brooklyn): With Huff now on board, what is the percent chance the Ravens take a WR in the first round?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It certainly increases the chances of it. Receiver is the biggest need on offense. OT, ILB, DT are also possibilities.
Aaron (DC): Hey Jamison, Gun to your head, does Weeden or Campbell start in September?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Weeden. Now, please lower your weapon.
Ben (Afton, Va): Odds of Bryant McKinnie coming back to Baltimore at LT??
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Would only be for a bargain price. It has to be a no-risk signing for Ravens, who can't trust McKinnie will be in shape.
Mike from Canton, Ohio [via mobile]: What is the next step for the Browns as for improving the roster?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Browns need to find a starting CB before the draft unless they plan on targeting Dee Milliner.
Matt (Pittsburgh) [via mobile]: Chances Steelers sign running back Ahmad Bradshaw?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): A lot depends on whether he has recovered from offseason foot surgery.
tim (NJ): Is there any chance the Ravens open the season at home on Sunday night? Seems unfair to tak ethis chance away from the Ravens fans!
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): No. Ravens want to play on Thursday even if it means being on the road. They want that extra few days off heading into Week 2.
Mike (Pittsburgh): Do you think Jonathan Dwyer is a capable starter or do the steelers need to draft a HB. also do you think they will use Isaac Redman as a third down or try to draft another guy like Rainey?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I thought Dwyer showed flashes, but his performance in 2012 told me that he is a backup-level running back. Steelers need to find a starter.
Franky Z. (Chico ca.): If the Steelers take Tyler Eifert in the first round, great pick, good pick, wth are they doing pick?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Not sure if Eifert is worth that high of a pick (he's a better value at the bottom of the first round) but I would understand the reasoning behind the pick. Heath Miller is recovering from ACL surgery and he turns 31 during the season.