Morning take: Shawne Merriman to Ravens?

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.

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.