Morning take: Ward on 'Big Ben'

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

  • Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward tells the NFL Network that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should address the team about his situation in training camp.

Morning take: This puts Roethlisberger in an interesting spot. Should "Big Ben" ignore the advice of Pittsburgh's biggest locker room leader? Or should Roethlisberger listen to Ward and do something that's probably uncomfortable?

  • Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown tells Terence Moore of AOL Fanhouse that an elongated season hurt him in the record books.

Morning take: Brown has a great point. If he played 16 regular-season games, most of his old records would've been unreachable.

  • Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun believes Ravens' fifth-round pick David Reed could be the next rookie to sign.

Morning take: Reed has raised some eyebrows in offseason workouts this year. I'm interested in seeing this rookie in training camp.

  • Chick Ludwig of the Cincinnati Enquirer asks if the Bengals should consider signing Willie Anderson, who plans to come out of retirement?

Morning take: If Anderson is healthy and in good shape, Cincinnati should consider it. Anderson was a very good leader in the locker room and has a strong relationship with Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander.

Before we go, let's all welcome loyal AFC North blogger "Saxxin" back to our community. Welcome back, Sax.