Glad to be back after a short break. I thought this past week was going to be a quiet week in the AFC North but it certainly wasn't. The Baltimore Ravens signed another player from the Oakland Raiders. James Harrison is looking to resurface in the division. And the Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to let another wide receiver leave the fold. Unless other news breaks, I'll provide my thoughts on all the recent happenings in the division in one post before noon. As I play catch-up, here's your wake-up call ...
RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Cowherd believes you shouldn't bet against the Ravens when it comes to reclamation projects. The latest is Rolando McClain, the former Raiders linebacker and problem player. "There's a tipping point at which too many of them start to poison your team," Cowherd wrote. "But with so many solid citizens in their locker room, the Ravens can afford to take a chance on one or two quality players who go rogue and now seek redemption."
BENGALS: In addition to the Bengals trying to complete a deal with Harrison, the team has reportedly re-signed backup running back Bernard Scott and is close to an agreement with former Browns tight end Alex Smith, according to the team's official website. Scott said he is ahead of schedule in coming back from a season-ending knee injury. The Bengals are expected to take a running back in the draft later this month.
STEELERS: Pittsburgh matched the New England Patriots' one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the team announced Sunday night. "Glad the business side is out of the way," Sanders wrote on Twitter. "Now its back to playing football and bringing number 7 back to Pittsburgh. Love!!! #Steelernation." If the Steelers didn't match, Pittsburgh would have received a third-round pick from the Patriots. I'll have a bigger post on Sanders coming shortly.
BROWNS: Quarterback Colt McCoy, who was traded to the 49ers on April 1, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that it didn't take him long to notice a difference between his new team and his old one. "When I walked in the building in San Francisco, it was the same feel [as at the University of Texas]," McCoy said. "It’s a great organization, and their only focus is: We want to win, and we want to win now. That’s obviously different than some of the things that I’ve been part of the last few years. I was really happy about that.” The Browns were 14-34 during McCoy's three seasons in Cleveland.