Tuesday, March 13, 2012
AFC North laying low so far in WR market
By Jamison Hensley
Three of the four AFC North teams need to add a wide receiver in free agency, but you wouldn't know it by the first hour of free agency. The division has been extremely quiet in what has been a fast-moving market for receivers.
Pierre Garcon, who I thought would be a good fit for the Browns, announced on his Facebook page that he will sign with the Washington Redskins. Robert Meachem, who has been linked to the Bengals, is scheduled to visit the Bills, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Other wide receivers could soon be off the market as well. According to Schefter, Vincent Jackson is negotiating with the Buccaneers, and Laurent Robinson is set to visit the Jaguars. Marques Colston didn't even make it to the free-agent market, re-signing with the Saints.
Other top free-agent receivers include Reggie Wayne, Brandon Lloyd and Mario Manningham. But Manningham told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Browns are not on his radar.
How quiet has it been in the first hour of free agency for the AFC North? The biggest news in the division so far has been the Browns re-signing reserve offensive lineman John Greco.
The slow start isn't a surprise. The Steelers are limited by cap space. The Ravens have a history of waiting out the first wave of free agency. The Browns made it known that they weren't "going crazy" in free agency. And the Bengals have a lot of cap room, but they aren't known for being aggressive in free agency.