AFC North: Brian Urlacher

AFC North links: Urlacher lauds Lewis

May, 24, 2013
Baltimore Ravens

Recently retired Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said former Raven Ray Lewis is the best middle linebacker of all time, reports John Breech of

Could Joe Flacco have his best season yet in 2013? The Baltimore Sun has five reasons why it could happen.

Flacco said the thing his young receiving corps still needs to develop is confidence. Flacco via Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun: "One of the biggest things about Anquan [Boldin] is that he knew he was the man. So, when he went out there, he didn’t care what happened. He was the man. You don’t realize how much that helps out your play and your team’s play. And when these young guys can get to the point where they’re out there and their attitude is that, they have all the ability in the world, and I feel very confident with those guys.”

Cincinnati Bengals

The team signed second-round pick Giovani Bernard to a four-year deal worth about $5.253 million, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. The only two draft picks the Bengals haven't signed are first-round pick Tyler Eifert and third-rounder Shawn Williams.

Which players could the Bengals least afford to lose? Cincy Jungle's Josh Kirkendall came up with a list of five.

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer is listed as No. 3 on the depth chart, but the newly signed quarterback feels he could be much more. "No doubt I think I have the capability to be a starting quarterback," said Hoyer after his third OTA practice via Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.

Brandon Weeden is returning to Oklahoma to assist in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that wreaked havoc in Moore, Okla., killing 24 people this week, the AP reports. "I'll do anything, whether it's getting in the rubble and doing whatever, it doesn't matter," said Weeden. "I'll be there to help."

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger has some advice to the young quarterbacks who took the league by storm last season: Do it again. "People ask me all the time about these young quarterbacks," Roethlisberger told USA Today on Thursday. "Let's wait. One year does not mean a lot in this league. ... I'm not trying to take anything away from them. I think they did some great things last year, and they all have the potential to be great quarterbacks. But you don't want people to jump on their bandwagon so fast and put so much pressure on them to live up to those expectations."

Marcus Gilbert has taken the reps during the first week of organized team activities at left tackle, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Last season's starter, Max Starks, signed with the Chargers as a free agent.

AFC North links: Ngata due for big raise

June, 24, 2011
Baltimore Ravens

In a recent radio interview with WARN in Utah, defensive end Paul Kruger said he hopes to be on the field for at least half of the snaps in 2011.

Football News Now's Dale Grdnic projects the Ravens will re-work Haloti Ngata’s contract after the NFL lockout is lifted and the defensive tackle could get a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Ngata has reportedly lost 25 pounds during the lockout.

Cincinnati Bengals

Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher responded to being left off Dhani Jones' list of the top 10 linebackers in the league. "I think we were drafted in the same class, and I haven't heard anything about him since then," Urlacher said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show."

Chad Ochocinco is back in Cincinnati and ready to work out with teammates, according to the wide receiver's Twitter account.

Cleveland Browns

Colt McCoy credits his teammates with the success of the three "Camp Colt" workout sessions he's hosted over the past few months. McCoy and linebacker Scott Fujita are organizing a full-squad session in the near future.

Joe Haden has worked hard off the field to connect with Cleveland fans.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Craftsman has tapped Hines Ward to promote its upcoming reality series, "SCREW" D: Where Survival Comes Down to the Right Tools."

Dejan Kovacevic reviews the offseason war of words between LaMarr Woodley and Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs.