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Morning take: Ray Lewis talks retirement

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

  • Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis says he will retire if he wins a Super Bowl this season.

Morning take: The window is open for Baltimore to make a run. Lewis already has one ring, and time is running out if he wants another.

  • Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard is having a rough time in practice with Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

Morning take: This is expected. The Browns put Sheard against the NFL's best left tackle and hopes that he improves. The flip side is Cleveland doesn't want Sheard to lose confidence.

  • The Cincinnati Bengals reached an agreement with defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene on a one-year contract.

Morning take: The Bengals wanted Fanene back. He will provide depth on the defensive line and pass-rushing ability off the bench.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu believes he will be ready for individual drills next week.

Morning take: Kemoeatu doesn't need to rush. The Steelers need him healthy for the regular season, because he is Pittsburgh's best option at guard.