Morning take: Lottery deals near?

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are links within the AFC North:

  • It appears a pair of lottery deals are forthcoming with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

Morning take: This is not a surprise for either club. It was just a matter of time before both teams reached an agreement as an another means to bring in revenue.

  • Speaking of the Browns, here is a player preview of new starting linebacker Eric Barton.

Morning take: Barton is the most important acquisition of several that came over from the New York Jets. His leadership is desperately needed on a defense that hasn't been good for a long time.

Morning take: Woodson also had the hands of a receiver, as evident by his 71 career interceptions.

  • The kicking battle between Steve Hauschka and Graham Gano is about to heat up for the Baltimore Ravens.

Morning take: Leave it to coach John Harbaugh to make special teams one of the most intriguing parts of training camp.