Morning take: Byron back in Pittsburgh?

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

Morning take: Leftwich is saying all the right things at this point, but I'm not buying it. He wants to start and he will seek that chance, starting on Friday.

  • The Baltimore Ravens and pending free agent safety Jim Leonhard could be parting ways this offseason, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Morning take: The Ravens do not want to overpay Leonhard, who earned the right to get starter money, but would have to compete with Dawan Landry if he stayed. Newsome correctly expects another team to offer Leonhard the kind of money he's seeking.

  • Has Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, who has a fracture in his left foot, improved his likelihood of becoming a Cincinnati Bengal?

Morning take: My first reaction to this story was "no way." Then I realized the Bengals just franchised their kicker, so I guess anything is possible.

Morning take: Yes, but I thought a transition tag should have been under consideration. Cleveland likely has a better replacement in mind because Nick Sorensen as your starter will not cut it in the AFC North.