Morning take: Class of '05 struggling
Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
- Why are 2005 first-round picks like Cleveland Browns receiver Braylon Edwards slow to get contract extensions?
Morning take: Frankly, the top of this draft class was probably the worst of this decade. The best players turned out to be linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman and neither went in the top 10.
- Is disgruntled Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall the answer for the Baltimore Ravens?
Morning take: The Broncos don't want to trade Marshall, and he comes with a lot of baggage and the desire for a huge contract. The trio of issues makes it unlikely that he lands in Baltimore.
- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco says he plans to use Twitter before, during and after football games this season.
Morning take: If Ochocinco is serious -- and with him you never know -- I'd really question if his primary focus is winning or entertainment and self-promotion.
- Here are the "Madden 10" rankings for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: Where I'm from, we have a rule that you cannot use the defending Super Bowl champions in "Madden" because the ratings are always so high. Sure enough, I will be invoking this rule again this season.