Morning take: Will Ravens risk character?

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

Morning take: Many elite receivers can be a load to deal with -- it often comes with the position. But the Ravens should have enough veteran leadership to negate one strong personality from changing the chemistry in the locker room.

  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer wants his fourth-ranked unit to get even better in 2010.

Morning take: Rushing the passer and secondary depth are two things Cincinnati's defense can improve. Otherwise, this unit has a lot going for itself.

Morning take: If Pepper gets a long-term deal, the money will be huge. He still has some good years left, but he's exiting his peak playing years.

Morning take: Townsend spent 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, but his days may be numbered with the Steelers this offseason. Either way, it was a good run that included two championships.