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Monday, March 11, 2013
Wake-up call: Bengals have been busy

By Jamison Hensley

In what was a relatively quiet weekend for most teams in the NFL, the AFC North made the news from the Steelers releasing James Harrison to the Ravens asking Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut to the Bengals re-signing kicker Mike Nugent. There's only one more day before teams can begin signing free agents from other teams. Let's see if today is going to be the quiet before the storm. Here's the wake-up call ...

RAVENS: The Baltimore Sun's Kevin Cowherd feels the Ravens should find a way to keep safety Ed Reed. "The bottom line is it's hard to envision a scenario where Reed and the Ravens can't hammer out a new deal," Cowherd wrote. "No, he's not the player he once was. Everyone knows that. But he can still help this team with his head and his heart and his experience. It's hard to believe the Ravens would let Reed go. They might let him test the market, as they did with Ray Lewis a few years ago. But losing two defensive icons might be more than they could take."

BENGALS: The Bengals kept their fourth free agent from reaching the market Tuesday, when they re-signed defensive end Wallace Gilberry to a three-year deal worth $6.75 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gilberry 28, was one of the biggest surprises on the Bengals last season. Signed two weeks into the regular season after Jamaal Anderson suffered a season-ending quad injury, Gilberry finished third on the team with 6.5 sacks in addition to recording one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Gilberry joins kicker Mike Nugent, punter Kevin Huber and long snapper Clark Harris as free agents who remained in Cincinnati.

STEELERS: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook believes the Steelers were wrong to release linebacker James Harrison. "He isn't your typical older player," Cook wrote. "The team doesn't have anyone to replace him. And, contrary to much speculation, the Steelers are built to win now and will be for as long as Ben Roethlisberger is the quarterback. They aren't rebuilding. They don't need to get younger. They need Harrison."

BROWNS: Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, a potential first-round target for the Browns, doesn't have stenosis, according to a report in the National Football Post. In a medical report sent to NFL teams, leading orthopedist Craig Brigham refuted Jones ever had the condition that relates to the narrowing of the spinal column. After recently examining Jones, Brigham concluded, “Jarvis is cleared to play without restriction.” While this is good news for Jones, it doesn't mean he is back to being a lock for the top 10 again. Teams are going to base their decision heavily on what their doctors and trainers tell them.