North Notes: Canty, Bowe, Rodgers

The Bengals decided to get in on April Fool’s Day with a little prank of their own, as Coley Harvey of writes. In a swipe at the Browns‘ extraordinarily tame logo and helmet redesign earlier this year, Cincy “announced” some extremely mild changes to their own helmet and striped B logo. Here’s more from the North divisions..

  • Chris Canty‘s two-year, $4.65MM deal with the Ravens will carry base salaries of $970K and $2MM, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter links). He’ll also collect a bonus of $1.53MM and the second year will be an option year for Baltimore. He’ll be owed a $150K roster bonus on the first day of the league year. He’ll have a cap number of $1.735MM in 2015 and $2.915MM in 2016.
  • New Browns receiver Dwayne Bowe says he’s determined to go back “to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010,” as Pat McManamon of writes. In 2010, Bowe hauled in 15 receiving touchdowns. Cleveland has been in the NFL since 1950, but they’ve only had one wide receiver or tight end record 15 or more touchdown receptions in one year.
  • New Bears running back Jacquizz Rodgers is ready to define his role with Chicago, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. In his introduction to the local media, the former Atlanta tailback made it known that he had serious interest in joining up with the Bears and was elated to learn that the feeling was mutual. Running backs playing behind Matt Forte historically haven’t seen the ball all that much, but Rodgers is confident that he’ll get his fair share.
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