AFC North Notes: Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers


  • Bengals HC Marvin Lewis told reporters on Friday that he doesn’t think 2017 first-round WR John Ross was a miss for them and he was just dealing with injuries. (Jim Owczarski)
  • Lewis said that they will look to add offensive linemen this offseason, but they are not moving Clint Boling to left tackle and like him where he is. (Jim Owczarski)
  • Regarding the possibility of re-signing free agent TE Tyler Eifert, Lewis said: “We’d like to get it done. He’d like to come back. Bu the challenge is factoring in injury history.” (Geoff Hobson)


  • When asked about playing for the Browns, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield told reporters: “If anybody’s going to have a chance to turn that franchise around, it’s going to be me.” (Mike Jones)
  • UCLA QB Josh Rosen said he’s scheduled to meet with the Browns. (Art Stapleton)


Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome told reporters on Friday that he will still be involved with the team after his final season as the team’s general manager.

“The role will be] very similar to what he’s been with me,” Newsome said, via Jamison Hensley. “I’ll just be a resource for him, a resource for Steve (Bisciotti) and a resource for John (Harbaugh).”

  • According to Newsome, he had a brief conversation with LB C.J Mosley’s agent about a contract extension. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Newsome mentioned that they’ve had conversations with free agent DL Brent Urban’s about re-signing him. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Newsome said that he anticipates changing the makeup of their wide receiver room but said that no decision has been made about Jeremy Maclin’s future. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • As for former first-round WR Breshad Perriman, Newsome said: “It’s up to Breshad. He knows this is his opportunity to make or break being part of the Ravens.” (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Alabama WR Calvin Ridley will meet with the Ravens on Friday. (Jeff Zrebiec)
  • Indiana TE Ian Thomas said he’s had some conversations this week with the Ravens. (Jeff Zrebiec)


  • Jeremy Fowler of ESPN writes that the Steelers have more flexibility in the 2018 NFL Draft since Ben Roethlisberger is committed to returning, which leads Fowler to believe that the team will likely draft a defensive player with their first-round pick.
  • In addition, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said that he hopes Roethlisberger will return after he completed the final year of his two-year deal: “We know Ben is a franchise quarterback. Ben is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Colbert said Wednesday. “We want Ben to have whatever years we have left with him. We want him to be the best, and we hope there is more than year to year. That he can go beyond the contract that he has.”
  • The Steelers plan to meet with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph at the NFL combine. (Jeremy Fowler)
  • Penn State TE Mike Gesicki said he met with Steelers at the Combine. (Mark Kaboly)
  • Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli said he’s met with the Steelers at the Combine. (Mark Kaboly)
  • South Dakota TE Dallas Goedert said he had nine formal interviews at the Combine so far, which includes a meeting with the Steelers. (Mark Kaboly)

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