Morning take: Ochocinco needs Bengal fans

June, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco hopes to be embraced again by the fans when he returns to Cincinnati later this month.

Morning take: The relationship between Ochocinco and Cincinnati fans has been rocky in recent years. It will be interesting to see if "Bengaldom" gives No. 85 another chance in 2009.

Morning take: This is quite an accomplishment when at least 70 percent of football fans had no idea who John Harbaugh was a year ago.

Morning take: Perhaps the biggest disappointment with Mendenhall's injury last season was that it cost him 15 games of experience (including playoffs). With just four games under his belt, Mendenhall is still a rookie in many ways.

  • Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye signs with the Oakland Raiders.

Morning take: It seems like yesterday when Frye was the starting quarterback and fan favorite in Cleveland. Now he joins a crowded group in Oakland that also includes quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia and Bruce Gradkowski.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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