AFC North Notes: Bradford, Browns, Steelers

With buzz building around Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee, Baltimore has probably come to terms with the fact that they probably can’t re-sign him, Bo Smolka of writes. A number of teams have their sights set on No. 90 after he graded out as Pro Football Focus‘ (sub. req’d) No. 2 outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they don’t have a ton of cap space to work with, as our own Rory Parks recently outlined in his offseason outlook for the club. Here’s more from the AFC North..

  • Addressing rumors about the Brownsinterest in Sam Bradford, Peter King of says that the Rams would at least listen if Cleveland was serious about making a trade. However, King doesn’t believe the Browns would seriously pursue a deal unless they received some assurances about the quarterback not leaving Cleveland after a single season.
  • Tony Grossi of is thinking that it might be the right time for the Browns to bring Ted Ginn Jr. home. The Cleveland native once told Grossi that he’d love to finish his career with the Browns and while he never fulfilled the promise of his No. 9 selection in the 2007 draft, he is still a dangerous return specialist and would help the Browns’ 28th ranked unit.
  • The Steelers will have lots of options if they want to draft a cornerback, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. There aren’t a ton of marquee corners at the top of the draft, but there are many viable possibilities overall. “I think there are NFL-caliber players that are going to be available through the first five rounds,” GM Kevin Colbert said. “Not everybody is going to be 6-foot-1 and [run a] 4.3. If you’re looking in that area and have a couple spots you want to fill, you better be open to the fact guys are available that can help your team.”

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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