Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
Cleveland Browns receiver and return specialist Joshua Cribbs wants a new deal by the end of the season.
Morning take: This is a smart move because Cribbs has been down this road before. Soon Cleveland will have its third president/general manager in three years, and the last thing Cribbs wants to hear is he has to prove himself all over again.
The offense of the Pittsburgh Steelers is struggling on third down.
Morning take: Every coach will tell you third down is the most important in the NFL, and at 38 percent on conversions, that hasn't been good enough for Pittsburgh.
After being challenged to a "fight" this offseason by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman said he will settle the score on Sunday.
Morning take: Ochocinco is a jokester and Merriman is not. You wonder if Merriman understands Ochocinco's nature or just doesn't care.
Baltimore Ravens receivers Mark Clayton (knee) and Kelley Washington (ankle) both missed practice Wednesday.
Morning take: This could be show-and-prove time for reserve Demetrius Williams. He's always looked the part physically, but injuries and inconsistencies have kept him off the field.