Morning take: President Obama likes Steelers

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:

  • Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes President Barack Obama got a game ball from the Steelers' AFC Championship Game. That was enough to convince him to root for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

Morning take: President Obama is a Chicago Bears fan at heart. But he doesn't mind cheering for the Steelers temporarily since they both play similar styles.

Morning take: For a team that was one quarter away from the Super Bowl, there are a lot of big, offseason decisions that need to be addressed. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has his work cut out for him.

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports GM candidate George Kokinis spent his second straight day with the Browns but has yet to be offered the job.

Morning take: Is it me, or is this signing/announcement starting to drag a little?

  • Sales of Cincinnati Bengals merchandise did not do well this season, according to Steve Watkins of the Business Courier.

Morning take: The new "Ocho Cinco" jersey would have helped significantly. It was an idea ahead of its time.