Morning take: Ravens want Lewis
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC North:
- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has every intention of re-signing pending free-agent linebacker Ray Lewis.
Morning take: Even at Lewis' age, he will command a high price tag. Everyone around the league is curious of exactly how high that price will be.
- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, for the 10th time it seems, says he's going to play in the Super Bowl despite a sprained knee.
Morning take: I'm not sure we need any more Ward injury stories this week. This angle already feels old and overdone, and Pittsburgh hasn't even arrived in Tampa.
Morning take: Zimmer did a solid job in his first year in Cincinnati. With a little more talent and depth, the Bengals could surprise some people next year defensively.
- According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns laid off 18 workers this week.
Morning take: Despite the team's lack of success on the field, I know firsthand that the Browns have a lot of hard-working people behind the scenes. This is sad news.