AFC North: Cincinnanti Bengals
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
- Rap superstar Lil Wayne picks the Baltimore Ravens to win the Super Bowl.
Morning take: Listening to his lyrics, Lil Wayne is definitely a risk taker. Let's see if this risky prediction pans out as well.
- In the same podcast, Lil Wayne also says he doesn't like the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Morning take: He says quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is "too big" and "fumbles every five snaps." I'm guessing Steeler Nation won't like that assessment.
- Here is a Q&A with Cincinnati Bengals pending free agent defensive lineman John Thornton.
Morning take: Although Thornton likely won't return to Cincinnati, he produced a rare feat in the NFL. Thornton played out the entire length of a six-year contract he signed with the team in 2003.
- From Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns will start Bruce Gradkowski this weekend against Pittsburgh.
Morning take: Gradkowski is the fourth quarterback under center for the Browns this year. He is a Pittsburgh native but it's doubtful this will be a happy homecoming.