Cleveland Browns Sell Stadium Naming Rights and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2013

Betty Lin-Fisher of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Cleveland Browns have sold the naming rights to Cleveland Browns stadium to FirstEnergy, with the deal set to be announced in a Tuesday press conference scheduled for 2 P.M. Eastern. 

The Browns have never had a corporate sponsor of their stadium in team history. FirstEnergy corporation is a northeastern Ohio-based corporation.


Baltimore Ravens

With the Baltimore Ravens back in the AFC Championship game and their quarterback, Joe Flacco, in a contract year, it's yet again time for Flacco's agent Joe Linta to sing the praises of his client. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Linta has again reiterated that Flacco is "a top-five, elite quarterback," citing playoff wins in his first five seasons.

Bleacher Report's Josh Cohen says that Flacco will indeed be the reason why the Ravens defeat the New England Patriots this Sunday and reach the Super Bowl.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati Bengals assistant Hue Jackson met with the Carolina Panthers about their vacant offensive coordinator job, but he may end up being a front-runner for the same job with the Bengals if current coordinator Jay Gruden heads elsewhere.

Sean O'Donnell of Bleacher Report wonders how much patience the Bengals should have when it comes to quarterback Andy Dalton's development.


Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kansas City Chiefs pro personnel director Ray Farmer is the front-runner to land the Cleveland Browns' personnel job.

Bleacher Report's Andy McNamara breaks down the Browns' 2013 salary cap and looks at where to best spend the money.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that there is a high likelihood of continued changes to the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line.

Nick DeWitt of Bleacher Report breaks down five ways the Steelers can help quarterback Ben Roethlisberger improve his game next season.