Examining AFC North speculation


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage had a great nickname for this time of year: He often called it "silly season."

It was one of the most hilarious and accurate statements Savage made in his four seasons in Cleveland. Currently, there are lots of reports, rumors, innuendo and speculation in the AFC North.

In an attempt to work through the mess, here are 10 things that I do and do not believe:

  • I do not believe the Cleveland Browns will complete a three-team trade that will result in the acquisition of Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

  • I do believe the Browns are open to trading either quarterback Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson for quality draft picks.

  • I do not believe the Baltimore Ravens will sign veteran free-agent receivers Marvin Harrison or Torry Holt.

  • I do believe Baltimore will take a receiver in the first round of April's NFL draft.

  • I do not believe the NFL will retain its rule allowing blindside blocks to the head next season.

  • I do believe Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who the rule is unofficially named after, will play the same way and simply pay the fines.

  • I do not believe the Cincinnati Bengals will trade starting left tackle Levi Jones.

  • I do believe the Bengals are shopping Jones and will eventually release him.

  • I do not believe the Browns will take Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree with the No. 5 overall pick.

  • I do believe Cleveland will retain No. 1 receiver Braylon Edwards, despite persistent trade rumors.

What do you believe during this "silly season?"