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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
AFC North links: McClain to be a Raven?

By ESPN.com staff

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens and linebacker Rolando McClain are working toward a contract, sources told NFL.com's Albert Breer on Wednesday. McClain was the No. 8 overall pick in 2010, but was recently cut by the Oakland Raiders. He had 99 tackles and five sacks in 2011. McClain's strength always has been stopping the run, but off-the-field issues played a role in his release. He is still just 23, and the Ravens don't have a replacement for Ray Lewis. McClain would join fellow Alabama products Courtney Upshaw and Terrence Cody on the Ravens' roster.

The next investment for the Ravens should be on the offensive line, writes Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.

Matt Vensel of the Sun unveils his latest mock draft.

Third-year defensive lineman Pernell McPhee, who battled through several injuries last year, has high expectations of himself for the coming season, writes Garrett Downing of the team's website.

Cincinnati Bengals

With offseason conditioning to begin on Monday, the Bengals are exploring signing another veteran or two. The team hosted linebacker Akeem Jordan on Tuesday, and according to reports, will have tight end/fullback Alex Smith in for a visit later this week, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, LSU outside linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo and Arizona quarterback Matt Scott have pre-draft visits scheduled with the Browns on Wednesday, league sources confirmed for Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and USC quarterback Matt Barkley had visits with the Browns on Tuesday, sources said.

Former Browns safety Usama Young signed with Oakland. Young, 27, spent the past two seasons with the Browns before being cut April 2. The Browns signed Young as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, but he never secured the starting free safety job on a full-time basis like the organization had hoped.

Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he's excited about the new coaching staff. "They’re definitely creating a different vibe around here, and it’s a winning vibe that I haven’t been a part of since I’ve been here," said the eight-year veteran.

Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday named coach Mike Tomlin to the powerful NFL competition committee, a group of coaches and administrators who recommend playing rules and policy changes to the NFL owners for a vote. Tomlin replaces former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.