Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:
- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the possibility of pursuing Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall in a trade, saying that integrity and background matter.
Morning take: Every time a receiver becomes available, the Ravens seem to flock to the top of the list. Terrell Owens didn't land in the Ravens' nest. Neither did Anquan Boldin. Will Marshall make it 0 for 3?
- Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer thinks the depth of his unit is a lot better this season.
Morning take: There are high hopes for the Bengals' defense in 2009, which didn't get much help from the offense and still was rated No. 12 in the NFL. It will be interesting to see what their defense can do with some points on the board.
Morning take: Hood says he got better every day during the offseason, which is a good sign for the defending champs.
- In the midst of the all-out Donte Stallworth coverage Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns quietly claimed linebacker Blake Costanza from the Buffalo Bills.
Morning take: To no surprise, Costanza is familiar with Browns coach Eric Mangini when he signed with the New York Jets in 2006.