- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
No matter how you cut it, this offseason will present a steep price tag for the Baltimore Ravens to keep Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata.
Morning take: Ngata is looking to become one of the NFL's highest-paid defensive linemen, and he's earned it. For Ravens fans thinking they can sign Ngata and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in the same offseason, forget about it.
Could Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer land with the San Francisco 49ers?
Morning take: Palmer is from California and San Francisco needs a quarterback. It makes sense. But it remains to be seen if the Bengals will entertain trade possibilities.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend will join new Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
Morning take: Townsend and Horton spent plenty of time together in Pittsburgh and will bring some of that flavor to Arizona.
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed he will serve dual role as offensive coordinator next season.
Morning take: It can be done, but this is a lot of responsibility for a first-year coach. This will be something to monitor closely next season.