Wednesday, June 2, 2010
AFC North mailbag
By James Walker
Let's see what's in the mailbag this week.
Bill R. from Bellefontaine, Ohio, wants to know if Johnathan Joseph, Cedric Benson and head coach Marvin Lewis will all be re-signed next season.
James Walker: Good question, Bill. This is the final year for this power trio under contract. Joseph, in my opinion, has the least chance of getting an extension after this season simply because of the money that's involved with great cornerbacks. We will take a look at what his price tag could be later this week. Benson is interested in a new deal and he's a great fit in Cincinnati. So Benson is a possibility by the end of next season. But Lewis is the tricky one, because to my knowledge this is about more than money. It also has to do with overall direction, and that's why this negotiation is so difficult to gauge. I know the Bengals have reached out to Lewis, but I'm not sure how easy or difficult it would be for both parties to reach a middle ground.
Ben from Pittsburgh writes: What do you think the chances are that Dallas Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton ends up in Pittsburgh?
Walker: The Steelers? Not very good. Pittsburgh appears happy with its group of receivers. Mike Wallace has been the most impressive receiver in the offseason workouts I attended. Hines Ward is entrenched as the other starter, and the coaching staff hopes Antwaan Randle El can fill in the No. 3 role. I think the Cleveland Browns could use Crayton more than the Steelers.
Todd from Massillon, Ohio, writes: If Terrell Owens was signed, would the Browns be better or worse served on offense?
Walker: Even at this stage of his career, Owens would likely be the best receiver on the team. So from that standpoint, Cleveland's offense would improve. But there is a reason Owens is still on the market, and that's because of the additional things that he brings. The Browns are trying to start over with a new energy and a new regime. So taking on a strong personality like Owens would be risky.
Matt Miselis via Twitter doesn't believe Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson gave Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth enough credit for his performance last season.
Walker: I don't like to speak on other people's opinions, but I thought Williamson's analysis on Foxworth was fair. He thought Foxworth wasn't great last year and had some down games, but "you can win with him." I agree with that assessment. I think the bigger question becomes is Foxworth worth an average of $7 million per season? As I mentioned earlier, cornerbacks are very expensive in the NFL.