AFC North Notes: Farmer, Dickson, Bengals

Earlier today, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun wrote that the Ravens will likely target either an offensive lineman or a receiving weapon with their first-round pick. There has been speculation this offseason that Baltimore would zero in on a big receiver in the mold of Anquan Boldin and while Ravens fans would certainly welcome the veteran back to M&T Bank Stadium, a return is considered quite unlikely. Here’s more out of the AFC North..

  • Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer passed up the Dolphins GM job because he feels that the Browns are poised to “redefine the history books,” writes Mary Kay Cabot of Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I didn’t finish the process,” said Farmer. “I assume they would’ve given me the job. That’s the way it was articulated to me. If I took the job, I would’ve reported directly to (Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross and it was a tremendous opportunity. It still is a dream of mine to become a general manager and run my own program and put together my own team, but it wasn’t the right time for me.”
  • Which Ravens free agents will stay and which ones will go? Bo Smolka of does his best to sort it all out. Smolka predicts that nose tackle Terrence Cody, linebacker James Ihedigbo, defensive lineman Art Jones, and tight ends Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson will be among the players in different uniforms next season.
  • Coley Harvey of handicaps the odds of each Bengals free agent staying put in Cincinnati. Guard Mike Pollak and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins are among those likely to re-sign.
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