Morning take: Palmer gets heat for anti-OSU comments

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is your one-stop shopping around the AFC North:

  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is taking heat from Bengals fans for his comments bashing Ohio State in a radio interview Thursday in Los Angeles. Palmer said, among other things, that he "cannot stand the Buckeyes" and that their fans "drives me absolutely nuts." Palmer's alma mater USC plays the Buckeyes in a big game in September.

Morning take: Hmmm. This puts Palmer in a very odd spot. Most Bengals fans in Cincinnati happen to be big-time Buckeye fans, which means Palmer is essentially criticizing his own fan base. Palmer usually thinks things through before speaking, but our guess is he probably didn't put those two things together. Buckeye Nation likely will let him hear about this one for a while, at least until the two teams play on Sept. 13.

Morning take: This would be a bad move for Suggs. The deadline passed last week and there's nothing else that can be done. Suggs will make his point but at the risk of joining the team late and having a slow start to the season. If Suggs doesn't perform well in a contract year he will not get the type of money he wants next year, either. It's not worth it.

  • Award-winning writer Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out the drastic change in optimism going into this year's training camp for the Browns.

Morning take: As a former Browns beat writer, I can say this is the most optimistic I've seen the team, local media and its fan base in a long time. It's not even close.

  • Mark Curnutte of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Chad Johnson finally is ready to move ahead with the Bengals.

Morning take: This was a predictable outcome to a bizarre offseason between Johnson and Cincinnati. The Bengals held most of the cards in this dispute from the beginning and played their hand well. Now, it's time for "Ocho Cinco" to focus on football.