Morning take: Palmer speculation continues


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

  • Retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner says his former team -- the Arizona Cardinals -- would be a good fit for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Morning take: The rumor mill will only increase now that the Bengals drafted TCU's Andy Dalton. Arizona could be one of several interested teams, but only if the Bengals give into Palmer's trade demands.

  • Baltimore Ravens rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith believes he's the best corner in this year's draft.

Morning take: Smith already has to prove he can stay out of trouble, and now he's putting pressure on himself on the field. Arizona rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson should be pretty good. So Smith is setting the bar high.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall removed one of his controversial tweets involving 9/11 from his Twitter account.

Morning take: Mendenhall was likely advised to take the tweet down in an effort to calm the situation. But at some point he should address this issue head-on.

  • The Cleveland Browns have to make the most of their blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Morning take: Most applauded the move, but the key is for the Browns to hit on the additional picks. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor has to pan out this year, as well as Cleveland's two first-round picks in 2012 to take the next step.