AFC North Rumors: Bengals, Ravens, Steelers


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes Bengals DT Andrew Billings is expected to have a healthy market in free agency. 
  • NBC Sports’ Peter King notes that LSU QB Joe Burrow made it clear in his meeting with the team that he would like for Cincinnati to re-sign WR A.J. Green. The Bengals are expected to franchise tag Green.
  • Fresno State OL Netane Muti has met with 27 teams, of which the Bengals are one of the ones that have shown the most interest. (Thor Nystrom)


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes that while the Ravens are willing to listen to offers for TE Hayden Hurst, it would likely take a second-round pick or multiple Day 3 picks to make a deal worthwhile. 
  • Zrebiec says the Ravens want CB Jimmy Smith back on a short deal at $7 million per year, while Smith wants a little more and a multi-year commitment. 
  • Ravens DT Michael Pierce is another player Baltimore seems willing to let test the open market, though if no huge market develops Zrebiec adds Pierce could return. 
  • Zrebiec doesn’t see the Ravens using a midround pick on a quarterback like Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts since they already have Robert Griffin and Trace McSorley on the roster. 


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