AFC North Notes: Ravens, Webb, Browns

Earlier this morning, we passed along word that the Steelers have restructured Marcus Gilbert‘s contract, converting base salary and roster bonus money into a signing bonus to create nearly $4MM in cap savings for 2015. Now, let’s check in on what else is going on around the AFC North division. Here’s the latest:

  • In addition to trying to restructure the contract of Haloti Ngata, the Ravens are also working on figuring something out for cornerback Lardarius Webb, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Webb has a cap number of $12MM for 2015, which would only be reduced to $10MM if he were released.
  • Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been running the team’s personnel department since its inaugural season, but he isn’t considering leaving Baltimore for retirement or another job, as Wilson writes. “Every time I walk in this office, it’s a good day,” Newsome said. “I enjoy coming to work every day, and the first time I walk in here and it doesn’t feel good, then that’s when I’ll call the boss and let him know.”
  • The NFL will likely wrap up its investigation into the Browns‘ “Textgate” scandal this week, and announce disciplinary measures for the team, tweets Jason La Canfora of La Canfora adds that the Falcons‘ fake crowd noise case is close to resolution as well.
  • Pat McManamon of lays out a few reasons why he believes the idea of the Browns acquiring Sam Bradford is unrealistic.
  • Belatedly responding to a report from three weeks ago, Browns president Alec Scheiner disputed the notion that he has attempted to become too involved in the football side of the team’s operations. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details and the quotes from Scheiner.
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