Peter King's Interesting Ravens Speculation and More AFC North News
Sports Illustrated's Peter King has a lot to say about the Baltimore Ravens in this week's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column. In detailing scenarios for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to get his big payday, he lays out why the Ravens may choose to give him the non-exclusive franchise tag instead, which would leave him vulnerable to offer sheets from other interested teams who could afford him, namely the Cleveland Browns.
King sketches out how the Browns could land Flacco and what the Ravens could do at quarterback. Forget for a moment that this is a near-impossibility and realize this: King dedicates the whole opening segment of his article to the hypothetical situation.
If that wasn't weird enough, later in the column King also suggests that the Ravens draft Manti Te'o in the first round as a replacement for Ray Lewis. More on King's Ravens thoughts are coming later on Monday.
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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that there is some speculation around the league that the Baltimore Ravens may cut linebacker Terrell Suggs to save cap room. If they do it after June 1, they would save $6.4 million in cap room, but Florio says that while the rumors are out there, it would be "madness" for the Ravens to do so.
Bleacher Report's Mike Fast provides a compilation of the experts' predictions of who the Ravens will select in this year's draft.
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Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com breaks down the Cincinnati Bengals' 2013 opponents and the biggest matchups in each game.
Matt Gray of Bleacher Report wonders if Hue Jackson, whom the Bengals just hired as their running backs and assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis, can make Lewis more effective.
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The Knoxville Business Journal is reporting that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is returning to his job as CEO of Pilot Flying J after spending six months away from the job helping to build the Browns' coaching staff and front office. Haslam said that the job at Pilot is his "first love," and likely indicates that he's confident that those he's helped hire in Cleveland can run the team well in his absence.
The Browns are going to have a quarterback competition this offseason, but one player no longer in the mix is New England Patriots backup Ryan Mallett. Bleacher Report's Mike Hoag says that reports seem to indicate that Mallett is not part of the plan.
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Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette delves into the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive line and notes that under new line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., the team could move from man to zone blocking and will need to get lighter and quicker on the offensive line.
Bleacher Report's Joe Tordy breaks down 10 receivers the Steelers could look at in this year's draft to replace the soon-to-leave free agent Mike Wallace.
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