Morning take: Crennel comeback in 2010?


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • Former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel will take a year away from football before examining his options, Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe writes.

Morning take: Crennel would be the first to admit 2008 was one of the toughest years of his career. Coming off recent hip surgery, he's making the right move to sit out at least one season.

  • Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer says third-round pick Michael Johnson already is showing the versatility to learn defensive end and possibly outside linebacker.

Morning take: Scouts say the physical ability is definitely there. If the coaching staff stays on Johnson, he could be one of the steals of the 2009 draft.

  • Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports veteran receiver Kelly Washington is trying out this week for the Baltimore Ravens.

Morning take: Washington could provide much-needed depth at receiver, as well as give Baltimore another contributor on special teams. This could be a match.

  • Veteran linebacker Larry Foote officially got the boot from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Morning take: Although it would have been ideal for Pittsburgh to get a draft pick, the Steelers needed to put an end to this situation. Foote won't be on the market for long.