Morning take: Ray Lewis' legacy

March, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

  • In his first meeting since re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Ray Lewis says it was always his first choice to keep his legacy in Baltimore.

Morning take: The business side of football can be harsh, and for a small time it was for Lewis and the Ravens. But in the end, both sides made the right move to make sure Lewis plays his entire career in Baltimore.

  • After a high-profile spat with new Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini, defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has been a no-show thus far for offseason workouts.

Morning take: A Pro Bowl defensive lineman is a no-show in Cleveland, and likewise a Pro Bowl quarterback (Jay Cutler) is a no-show in Denver. Hmmm.

Morning take: For now, that may be the case. But a lot can -- and probably will -- change between now and September.

  • The NFL rules committee will meet next week to vote for or against head blows to defenders from the blindside, which has been unofficially called the "Hines Ward Rule."

Morning take: How many contact rules can a contact league change? The athletes are getting bigger and faster, but the rule changes are trying to make the game less physical.

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