The AFC North had a pretty solid 2011 season as a whole, with all but one team in the division making the playoffs.
The Baltimore Ravens fell one game short of the Super Bowl, losing a close one to the New England Patriots and probably have the fewest major holes to fill on the roster. However, they do have their work cut out for them in signing running back Ray Rice, and they also need to find a backup as Ricky Williams announced his retirement this week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers luckily do not have too many huge areas of need this offseason—mostly because they simply do not have the cap space to go after players. Already almost $20 million over projected cap space, the Steelers will probably look to retain wide receiver Mike Wallace first and work down from there.
The Bengals have cap space to work with, and this can only help their already budding roster. Between rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and rookie receiver AJ Green, they have found their offensive centerpieces and will now look to add supporting cast. A wide receiver to play alongside Green will be a priority.
Last (and least), the Browns’ have a lot of work to do this offseason. After winning just four games this year, its beginning to look Colt McCoy may not be the guy for the quarterback job. This is a situation they could address with free agency, as well as finally ending the Peyton Hillis debacle. After the way this season played out with the running back, it is safe to assume that the only way the Browns’ will resign HIllis is on their own terms.
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