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Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday in the AFC North:
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team would be interested in former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman if he clears waivers.
Morning take: If healthy, Merriman could be the right player at the right price for Baltimore. He could sign a low-risk deal and potentially improve the Ravens' pass rush. Plus, Merriman has local ties as a Washington, D.C., native.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu admitted he played poorly against the New Orleans Saints.
Morning take: We mentioned this in Monday's "Seven-step drop," and kudos to Polamalu for owning up to his bad game. Great players usually bounce back, and that could mean trouble for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Speaking of the Bengals, Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco vented his frustration on the T.Ocho Show.
Morning take: Ochocinco said multiple times that he's "out there" and "available" but isn't getting the opportunities. That may be a subtle shot at Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and/or quarterback Carson Palmer.
Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren isn't closing the door on a possible return to coaching.
Morning take: Holmgren is refreshingly honest. He admits he still has the itch to do something he's done most of his adult life. But it's too early to speculate on a return.
8hJason Gibbs, Special to ESPN.com
10hJason Gibbs, Special to ESPN.com