Morning take: Trades for Ravens?


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

  • Would the Baltimore Ravens trade some veterans in an effort to improve the team?

Morning take: As one of the final eight teams last season, the Ravens are hamstrung with what they can do in free agency. So I expect trades to be one avenue to get around that. Quarterback Troy Smith is the most likely veteran on the move.

  • Marvin Lewis said there have been 54 coaching changes since he took over as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003.

Morning take: Three teams in the AFC North have had at least one head coaching change since 2003. The Cleveland Browns had two.

  • Would a deal involving Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb make sense?

Morning take: I live in Cleveland, and I can't go a couple of days without hearing Kolb's name being mentioned. Kolb is unproven. But he's a favorite of general manager Tom Heckert, which counts for a lot.

Morning take: Pittsburgh is hoping that’s the case. Many players make strides in their second years, and Lewis’ injuries in 2009 never allowed him to get off on the right foot.