Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC North [Print without images]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Wake-up: Browns hire assistant with a past

By Jamison Hensley

I know Ravens fans have done some crazy things while celebrating their team's first trip to the Super Bowl in 12 years. But this isn't a clothes-optional blog, as you will read in the wake-up call ...

RAVENS: Safety Ed Reed told a Baltimore radio station that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reached out to him for making contact on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game. "He just apologized and what not," Reed said. "I told him, ‘It’s good man.’ Emotions were flying, I didn’t say anything to him during the game because I was like, it’s whatever." Reed added, “Brady’s a great competitor, I love going against him, and I know where his heart is at for this game.”

BENGALS: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, whose season ended with a foot injury, is expected to be running at some point during offseason camps in the spring, according to the team's official website. He had surgery on a stress fracture in late November after he had established himself as the team's No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green. In the six games without Sanu, the Bengals averaged 182 yards passing with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

STEELERS: As far as free agents go, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette thinks inside linebacker Larry Foote will be back and cornerback Keenan Lewis has a chance to return. He projects that nose tackle Casey Hampton, offensive tackle Max Starks and guard Ramon Foster will sign elsewhere. Bouchette added that running back Rashard Mendenhall can be picked up on the cheap.

BROWNS: The Browns announced the hiring of defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who held the same position in Jacksonville for the past three seasons and has memorable past. In 2006, when he was with the Lions, Cullen was charged with indecent and obscene conduct after driving naked through a Wendy's drive-thru. Eight days later, he was stopped by police and was charged with drunken driving. Cullen was fined $20,000 by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league. "First, if there’s anyone out there that’s perfect, I’d like to meet them,” Cullen told The Florida Times-Union in 2010.