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Morning take: Haloti Ngata's contract

2/11/2011

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.