AFC North Notes: Browns, Ochocinco, Tucker

Former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson is on his way back to the AFC North. This time, however, he’ll be joining up with the Browns and he’ll be serving as a guest coach rather than a player.

What a blessing Hue Jackson is, see y’all in Cleveland on the 28th,” Johnson tweeted (sic). “No cleats this time, just knowledge.”

As Cleveland beat writers champ at the bit for some choice Ochocinco quotes, here’s more out of the AFC North:

  • The Ravens and kicker Justin Tucker have yet to agree to terms on a new deal, but former agent Joel Corry tells Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun that it should only be a matter of time. “It shouldn’t be a hard deal to do unless Tucker wants to redefine kicker salaries,” said former football agent Joel Corry, who analyzes and writes about contracts for National Football Post and CBS Sports. “You have a guy that’s the second most accurate kicker in the history of football. He’s in the discussions as the best kicker in the game. You can say [the New England Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski] is the best, but Tucker is right behind him. So you have to pay him at the top of the market.” The deadline for Baltimore to extend the franchise-tagged kicker is Friday, July 15th.
  • Some NFL fans have opined that the Browns should cut Isaiah Crowell for his recent Instagram controversy, but Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer doesn’t think that would be the wisest move. Reportedly, while the Browns are less-than-pleased with the 23-year-old’s actions, they have no plans of releasing the running back. A statement issued by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy also seemed to indicate that there will not be punishment coming from the league office.
  • This week, we learned that the Browns were able to void out Johnny Manziel‘s guarantees before releasing him this offseason.
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