Morning take: Troy Smith responds

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

  • Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith responded to the acquisition of veteran Marc Bulger, saying it's "part of the game."

Morning take: Smith wanted a chance to play elsewhere and may get an opportunity this summer. If Smith stays, I don’t see him being the No. 2 with the type of money Bulger is making.

  • Will cornerback Joe Haden and tailback Montario Hardesty be impact rookies for the Cleveland Browns?

Morning take: The Browns sure hope so. Cleveland needs its rookies to produce this season more than any team in the division.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El provides his thoughts on the Albert Haynesworth saga.

Morning take: Finally, a Pittsburgh story that contains drama surrounding another team.

Morning take: This has been a hot topic for Cincinnati lately. After minicamp, it's clear Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant, Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell are keepers. The final two or three spots won't be determined until others step up.