Morning take: Bengals better than Ravens?
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
- Gil Brandt of NFL.com has "a hunch" that the Cincinnati Bengals will finish second in the AFC North, ahead of the Baltimore Ravens.
Morning take: For several months, I was the official ringleader of the Bengals' 2009 "sleeper bandwagon" in the national media. Yet, I never went this far this early. So consider Brandt the new leader in the clubhouse.
- Speaking of Baltimore, here is a poll to determine which receiver Ravens fans want on the team this season.
Morning take: I'm a little surprised by these results. The player fans chose certainly has talent but doesn't fit the Ravens character-wise.
- Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant retires.
Morning take: With two rookie cornerbacks and the free-agent signing of Keiwan Ratliff, Bryant was questionable to make the Steelers had he stayed.
- Cornerback Corey Ivy wants to bring an attitude to the secondary of the Cleveland Browns.
Morning take: Ivy could help Cleveland in substitute packages this year. Unlike last season, the Browns did a decent job of bringing depth to the secondary.