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Morning take: Kevin Kolb to Bengals?

2/18/2011

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • With Carson Palmer's situation in flux, should the Cincinnati Bengals look to Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Kevin Kolb?

Morning take: The Bengals will have to explore options eventually if Palmer doesn't change his stance leading up to the draft. Jay Gruden wants to run a West Coast offense, which is the same system Kolb runs in Philadelphia.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says finishing second isn't good enough.

Morning take: The expectation for Pittsburgh is to win championships. It's an extremely high bar, but the Steelers are one of the few NFL franchises which truly abides by it.

Morning take: That's easier said than done, but Lewis won't play forever. The Ravens have to be prepared for the day their leader retires.

  • Is Georgia receiver A.J. Green a good fit for the Cleveland Browns?

Morning take: Green, tailback Peyton Hillis and quarterback Colt McCoy sound like a good nucleus for rookie head coach Pat Shurmur to build his offense. But should Cleveland ignore other needs? I'm torn on this topic.