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Considering the team's moves in free agency, including Wednesday's deal with linebacker Ray Lewis, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has proven he is "among the elite of team decision-makers in all of sports."
The three-year, $22 million agreement between Lewis and the Ravens should ensure the linebacker finishes his career in Baltimore.
The Ravens will replace free-agent departee Jason Brown with six-time Pro-Bowl center Matt Birk, who agreed to a three-year deal on Wednesday.
A day after losing T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Seattle, the Bengals signed free agent receiver Laveranues Coles to a four-year contract Wednesday, worth a reported $28 million.
The Bengals are reportedly close to an agreement with former 49ers signal-caller J.T. O'Sullivan.
The team signed its first player in the free-agency period, agreeing to terms with former Bills tight end Robert Royal Wednesday night.
The Browns are hosting two players from coach Eric Mangini's former team, the New York Jets. Free agents David Bowens and C.J. Mosley were scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Wednesday night.
Things are quiet for the Steelers on the free-agency front: No free agents have visited the team this week and none are expected through the weekend.