AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Bengals

  • According to Matt Miller of B/R, the expectation remains the Bengals will draft Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall.
  • However, Miller says there is a lot of buzz in scouting circles that the Bengals will at least listen to calls for the top pick.
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Bengals inserted additional language to DT D.J. Reader‘s four-year, $53 million deal that says if he doesn’t pass a physical, the team can release him or pay him his contract. 

Browns

  • According to Matt Miller of B/R, the Browns are expected to target an offensive tackle at No. 10 overall.
  • Miller did, however, speak to a well-connected scout who mentioned that the Browns could trade back and target a defensive tackle like Javon Kinlaw.

Ravens

Derek Wolfe didn’t find the kind of market some expected this offseason, which led to him signing a one-year contract with the Ravens. Wolfe explained that he wanted to play for Baltimore and it really wasn’t about the money for him in the end. 

“If there was any team I wanted to be with, it was the Ravens,” Wolfe said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “To me, it wasn’t about the money. It was about the team. They gave me their best offer and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. I’ll come in there on a one-year deal, and I’ll show you guys that I’m worth extending for a couple of more years.’ I got a lot of football left in me.”

  • Wolfe later told reporters that after he heard the Michael Brockers‘ deal fell through with the Ravens, he called his agent and asked him to make it happen with Ravens. Wolfe added that he didn’t care about the money and just wanted to be in Baltimore. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Wolfe added that he thought the Ravens were going to draft him several years ago. He mentioned that he nearly asked the Broncos to trade him to Baltimore last year. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Sources tell Matt Miller that the Ravens will prioritize defense early in the draft with middle linebacker and edge-rusher being two areas to watch at No. 28 overall.

Steelers

  • One rival GM tells Matt Miller that he expects the Steelers to draft a quarterback in round two: “They can’t risk what happened last year with no one behind Ben.”
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