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Morning take: No hard feelings for Faneca

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • Former Pittsburgh Steelers and current New York Jets guard Alan Faneca tells Scott Brown of the Tribune-Review that he has no hard feelings about his former team.

Morning take: Most players know the drill by now in Pittsburgh. Minus a few exceptions, the Steelers do not give out large contracts to players over 30, and Faneca was part of that trend.

  • Pete Prisco of CBS Sports believes the Cincinnati Bengals are playoff bound.

Morning take: It's hard to tell if the Bengals are playoff sleepers or playoff favorites with the amount of media jumping on the bandwagon these days.

  • Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes an open letter to recently retired receiver Derrick Mason.

Morning take: Schmuck thinks Mason should rethink his retirement. There is some feeling in Baltimore that Mason could change his mind. But Mason telling ESPN this week that he's "99 percent" sure doesn't leave much room for a change of heart.

  • The Cleveland Browns agreed to a four-year deal with rookie cornerback Don Carey.

Morning take: Cleveland's rookies are among the first to report to training camp on July 24. With four unsigned first-day picks, the Browns need to work fast.