AFC North evening notes

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
7:09
PM ET
A look at some news and notes on the first night of free agency:

BENGALS: Veteran cornerback Aaron Ross is scheduled to visit Cincinnati on Thursday, according to the Star-Ledger. Slant: Ross is a solid addition as the third corner but not a starting one. A first-round pick by the Giants in 2007, he struggled at times but he did start for two Super Bowl teams.

BROWNS: The team re-signed backup tight end Alex Smith to a one-year contract, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Slant: This is a strong move in terms of locker room chemistry. His fiery attitude is contagious.

RAVENS: Wide receiver/returner Eddie Royal, who I had as a good fit for the Ravens, is working on a deal with the Redskins, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Slant: The fact that any team is closing in on Royal this fast shows you how aggressive the free-agent market is for wide receivers. Perhaps the Ravens look to another receiver/returner option in Ted Ginn.

STEELERS: The team won't be active because of cap limitations, but that hasn't stopped Steelers players from commenting on free agency. "With all these moves in the NFL! I must gotta say when my contract is up I never wanna leave the steelers!," offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert posted on Twitter. "Winning stability and a true fam." Slant: If Gilbert establishes himself as a left tackle, the Steelers need to save this tweet and bring it to negotiations when he becomes a free agent in 2015.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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