Morning take: Andre Smith at RT?

May, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the top stories Wednesday in the AFC North:

  • The Cincinnati Bengals are working Andrew Whitworth at left tackle and rookie first-rounder Andre Smith at right tackle this week.

Morning take: If Smith isn't good enough to play left tackle and protect Carson Palmer's blind side, then the Bengals should not have taken him with the sixth overall pick. Now they're on the hook to pay a potential right tackle left tackle money at approximately $50 million.

  • Could a fear of flying be the reason Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison isn't going to the White House Thursday?

Morning take: I'm not sure I buy this one. Harrison's fear of flying may be legit, but he manages during the football season. Plus a drive or train ride to Washington D.C. from Pittsburgh could be additional options.

  • Baltimore Ravens starting tight end Todd Heap is sitting out offseason workouts with back issues.

Morning take: Both Heap and fellow tight end L.J. Smith have missed practice time this offseason with injuries. The Ravens need at least one of these tight ends to stay healthy in 2009.

  • The representative for Cleveland Browns kick returner Joshua Cribbs will demand a trade if Cribbs doesn't receive a new contract.

Morning take: A trade would be very tough for Cleveland. Cribbs is excellent at what he does, but what could the Browns realistically get in return for a special-teams player?

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