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Morning take: Bengals add Manny Lawson

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC North:

  • The Cincinnati Bengals added more defensive help, signing linebacker Manny Lawson to a one-year contract.

Morning take: Cincinnati continues to remake its linebacker corps with Keith Rivers (wrist) hurt and Dhani Jones unlikely to return. Lawson joins Thomas Howard as the two new additions to the Bengals’ defense.

Morning take: The release of Kelly Gregg shows how confident Baltimore is in Cody, who showed up to camp in great shape. Playing next to Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata should also help.

Morning take: The Steelers have 48 hours to get to $123 million, which includes the three $1 million exceptions. Several veterans restructuring their contracts, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker James Harrison, certainly helps.

  • Were medical issues the reason defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley didn't join the Cleveland Browns following a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles?

Morning take: It no longer matters at this point, but I find it curious neither the Browns nor the Eagles are willing to explain. If Bunkley passes his physical with the Denver Broncos -- his new team -- there may be more to the story.