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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Wake-up: Frontrunner for Browns' GM job?

By Jamison Hensley

It will be the usual Wednesday routine with the weekly column getting posted around noon and the online chat kicking off at 2 p.m. Here's your wake-up call ...

RAVENS: With the Harbaugh brothers back in the conference championship games for a second straight year, the Ravens' John Harbaugh was asked about the family coaching DNA. “Haven’t taken a DNA sample lately,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a pretty cool thing. I’m very proud of Jim. We’ve had a couple conversations since. It’s probably been more [about] football than that.” Last year, John Harbaugh's Ravens and Jim Harbaugh's 49ers both lost in the conference championship games. Have the brothers talked about the chance that they could see each other in the Super Bowl this year? “Not that we’d ever admit to,” he said.

BENGALS: Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga is an unrestricted free agent in March and said he doesn't know if the Bengals want him back. “I felt as if the playoff game was sort of like, if I perform well they would want me. I don’t know if they want me, but I do know I didn’t perform well,” Maualuga told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “If I did well, good results will happen. I felt as if those plays cost our defense due to my actions and where I was and how I didn’t execute it. So who knows?" The Bengals could move Vontaze Burfict to the middle in 2013 or keep him at outside linebacker if they re-sign Maualuga.

STEELERS: The Steelers may want to think about addressing safety in the draft with aging starters in Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. But The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette believes the Steelers have bigger needs at the top of their draft. He thinks halfback, wide receiver and linebacker all outweigh safety in this draft for Pittsburgh.

BROWNS: Chief executive officer Joe Banner said there is a frontrunner for the team's general manager position, although he declined to say if Kansas City director of pro personnel Ray Farmer is at the top of his list. A source told The Plain Dealer that Farmer would leave the Chiefs for a larger role with a club, and Banner said the Browns job will most likely carry the title of general manager as opposed to director of player personnel. "We're in the middle of the interviews that we've scheduled," Banner said, via The Plain Dealer. "We're trying to finish them as quickly as we can. At that point, we may evaluate whether we want to add any additional interviews or select from the group we've met. Hopefully we'll move forward quickly."