Early free-agency notes in AFC North

Now that the free-agent market is officially open for business, here are some early notes the AFC North blog has been able to gather:

  • The Baltimore Ravens are interested in free-agent receiver Kevin Walter. But we're told most likely nothing will get done overnight. At least three teams, including the Ravens, have interest in Walter. So it will be interesting to see which team eventually lands his services.

  • Look for Ravens restricted free-agent quarterback Troy Smith to garner some interest. A fifth-round tender is low for Smith, but that was his original draft slot. I think several teams would be interested in using a fifth-round pick to see if Smith could compete for a starting job. It could be worth the risk.

  • The Cleveland Browns are currently one of the busiest teams looking to make moves. Chris Mortensen reported defensive lineman Corey Williams' trade to the Detroit Lions. But we're hearing Cleveland is just getting started. The Browns are looking to upgrade a lot of positions, including quarterback and receiver.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers free-agent safety Ryan Clark officially hit free agency at midnight Friday. Talks have been challenging between the two sides. It doesn't gaurantee Clark will go elsewhere. But Clark can at least explore other options to see if there is a better deal out there.

  • Things have been pretty quiet Thursday and early Friday with the Cincinnati Bengals. Few expect them to be major players in free agency. But after cutting Laveranues Coles, the Bengals have to get a receiver either through the draft or free agency. Perhaps things will pick up for Cincinnati this weekend.