AFC North links: Ray Rice vs. Steelers

July, 17, 2012
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Baltimore Ravens

By locking up Ray Rice for the next five years, the Ravens have secured the centerpiece of their offense.

Ed Reed declined to talk about his potential holdout and instead focused on his annual youth football camp.

Cincinnati Bengals

The next stop on Joe Reedy's tour of the Bengals' roster is tight end.

Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent will play the 2012 season under the franchise tag and earn $2.645 million. The Bengals and the eight-year veteran place-kicker could not reach a deal and Nugent could be an unrestricted free agent next season.

"There's little doubt (Bernard) Scott should feel a sense of urgency in his fourth NFL training camp to prove he's ready to take on the biggest workload of his career," says FoxSportsOhio.com's Zac Jackson in his analysis of the Bengals' backfield.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns strengthened their receiving corps when they signed Josh Gordon, their 2012 supplemental draft pick, to a four-year deal worth $5.3 million.

Thanks to the loyal support of Cleveland fans, the Browns rank No. 30 ($977 million) on Forbes' list of the 50 most valuable franchises in the world.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette breaks down how Rice has fared against the Steelers.

The Steelers are the 21st most valuable sports team in the world -- worth $1.02 billion -- according to Forbes' annual list.

Thanks to Thomas Tull and Art Rooney II, the pair helped forge the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh into one of five primary backdrops for "The Dark Knight Rises."

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