Wake-up: Food for thought with Steelers

Some Browns fans are upset that Colt McCoy was traded to the 49ers without getting a fair shot to start. Some Steelers fans are upset with me for saying you could make a case for giving Pittsburgh an 'F' for free agency this year. I obviously underestimated the impact of William Gay and Matt Spaeth. Believe me, I won't make that mistake again. But today is a new day. And, with every new day, you get a new wake-up call ...

RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston believes the Ravens were never in a bidding war with Houston over safety Ed Reed. According to Preston, the Ravens made it seem that way out of respect for Reed, and it ultimately caused the Texans to pay him more. "Ravens coach John Harbaugh wanted Reed back as much as he wants a root canal," Preston wrote. "It was the perfect time for both parties to go their separate ways." Six days after Reed signed with the Texans, the Ravens signed Michael Huff to replace him.

BENGALS: Cornerback Terence Newman re-signed with the Bengals on Monday, but he nearly chose to go to the Raiders. "I honestly was very, very, very, very close to going to Oakland," he told Cincinnati reporters, via the team's official website. "For what I wanted and how I would expect my career to end -- if it is to end in two years -- (Cincinnati) is a football team that has made the playoffs the last two years. The defense played well. Looking at those things, I thought this was probably the best place for me."

STEELERS: It was about two weeks ago when team officials had dinner with Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray before his pro day. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette put a different spin on the reported meeting. "Did anyone think that maybe the braintrust wanted to subtly pick Bray’s brain about one of his receivers, Cordarrelle Patterson?," Bouchette wrote. Patterson is the second-best wide receiver in the draft, ranking only behind West Virginia's Tavon Austin. He is big (6-foot-3) and can stretch the field. The Steelers could take a wide receiver with the 17th overall pick because Mike Wallace is gone and Emmanuel Sanders is a free agent next season.

BROWNS: Only two players currently on the team's 63-man roster failed to report for the start of the Browns' offseason workouts, a source told the Akron Beacon Journal. Quarterback Colt McCoy, who was traded to the 49ers later Monday, was among those who showed up for the strength and conditioning phase of the offseason workout program, which lasts two weeks. “It was great to see the guys as a group for the first time,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a statement. “I was extremely pleased with the turnout. These next two weeks will be an opportunity for the players to get acclimated to our offseason program, spend some time getting to know each other and also to have some meeting time with their position coaches before having our first organized on-field work on April 16.”