AFC North links: Flacco more relaxed

Baltimore Ravens

Sarah Ellison of BaltimoreRavens.com thinks some observers are making too much of recent comments Joe Flacco made about the Ravens signing quarterback Marc Bulger. Kevin Cowherd of The Baltimore Sun agrees.

Going into his third NFL season, Flacco feels much more relaxed. "Now I'm able to be myself," Flacco told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. "I can play freely, speak my mind and not hold back."

The team has a new autograph policy for training camp that's meant to protect children, but the new rules have their downside.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have released guard Jason Shirley under the waived/non-football injury category.

Former quarterback Ken Anderson reflects on his career with Brent St. Germaine of the (Thibodaux, La.) Daily Comet.

A training camp preview from Tony Grossi of The Plain Dealer.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns signed tight end Joel Gamble, who spent some time on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad last season.

Coach Eric Mangini would like to reconcile with his former mentor, Patriots coach (and former Browns coach) Bill Belichick.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Maurkice Pouncey is being investigated by the NCAA over an allegation that he accepted $100,000 from an undisclosed agent's representative before playing in the Florida Gators' Sugar Bowl victory.

James Farrior said he's been motivated this offseason by criticism over his performance last season, and he predicts a bounce-back year for himself and the Steelers.