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AFC North 2016 Free Agency Update


Ozzie Newsome isn't the only general manager who has been busy this last week. 

Rosters around the AFC North have gone through some changes since free agency opened March 9, and here's an overview of what's new with Baltimore's division foes:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Players lost:DT Steve McLendon (Jets), Sean Spence (Titans), Kelvin Beachum (Jaguars), WR Martavis Bryant (one-year suspension)

Players gained:TE Ladarius Green, OT Ryan Harris

Players re-signed:CB William Gay, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, S Robert Golden, OT Ramon Foster

General overview:The Steelers are generally quiet in the early wave of free agency, and their moves have flown under the radar compared to some of the deals doled out by other teams. Signing tight end Ladarius Green to a four-year contract reportedly worth $20 million was the biggest addition for the Steelers, and he'll fill the void left by retired tight end Heath Miller. Harris gives the Steelers a veteran tackle who can play both sides of the line, and he is coming off a Super Bowl win with the Denver Broncos. The biggest blow to the Steelers this offseason actually had nothing to do with free agency, but it was the year-long suspension to No. 2 receiver Martavis Bryant. The big-play target was suspended for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and that leaves Pittsburgh with less desirable options behind top target Antonio Brown.

Cleveland Browns

Players lost:WR Travis Benjamin (Chargers), C Alex Mack (Falcons), RT Mitchell Schwartz (Chiefs), CB Johnson Bademosi (Lions), TE Jim Dray (Buffalo), QB Johnny Manziel (cut), WR Dwayne Bowe (cut), ILB Karlos Dansby (cut)

Players gained:ILB Demario Davis, S Rahim Moore, LB Justin Tuggle, OG Alvin Bailey

Players re-signed:DL Jamie Meder, RB Raheem Mostert, LB Tank Carder

General overview:The Browns are in a clear rebuilding mode with new Head Coach Hue Jackson and Executive Vice President of Football Sashi Brown. Cleveland was content to let its top free agents walk out the door and did not dip into the deep cash reserves ($48 million in cap space) to spend on veteran acquisitions. In their most discussed move of free agency, the Browns also cut Manziel to bring an end to his disappointing two-year run in Cleveland. Jackson is Cleveland's fourth head coach in the last six years, and the Browns look like they want to build through the NFL Draft instead of trying to patch up holes in free agency.

Cincinnati Bengals

Players lost:OT Andre Smith (Vikings), WR Marvin Jones (Lions), WR Mohamed Sanu (Falcons), OLB Emmanuel Lamur (Vikings)

Players gained:No new additions.

Players re-signed:CB Adam 'Pacman' Jones, ILB Vincent Rey, DT Pat Sims, S George Iloka, OT Eric Winston, WR Brandon Tate

General overview:The Bengals have money to spend with $28 million in salary-cap space, but Owner Mike Brown usually doesn't break the bank on other team's free agents. Brown and the Bengals prefer to lock up their own players, which they did by re-signing Adam Jones, Rey and Sims.* *Getting Adam Jones back was also a significant move of the offseason, and the veteran corner said he plans to finish his career with the Bengals. Losing Marvin Jones and Sanu is blow to their offense, but the Bengals still have plenty quality targets with A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert leading the way.

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