AFC North Offseason Roundup


Ravens fans are well aware of what's happened in Baltimore since the season ended.

But it's always important to keep an eye on the competition. 

Here's a look at what's been going on around the AFC North:

Pittsburgh Steelers

Overview:The Steelers are pretty set on offense, as they have young playmakers at running back and wide receiver, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is returning. Their offense ranked second in the league last year. Pittsburgh is remaking its defense, however. After hanging its hat on that side of the ball for so many years, the Steelers ranked 18th in defense last season.* *

Coaching changes:Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau resigned about a month ago after leading the Steelers defense for the past 11 seasons. He moved on to become the assistant head coach in Tennessee and is in charge of the Titans defense. LeBeau was known for his zone blitz scheme. He was replaced by Linebackers Coach Keith Butler.

Contracts/free agents: Roethlisberger is entering the final year of his contract, so the Steelers will likely try to lock him up for the remainder of his career. Otherwise, the Steelers' key free agents are cornerback Ike Taylor, outside linebacker Jason Worilds, outside linebacker Arthur Moats, outside linebacker James Harrison, safety Will Allen and cornerback Brice McCain. * *

Draft position/needs: No. 22. Pass rusher, cornerback, safety

Cincinnati Bengals

Overview: The Bengals have had advanced to the postseason in four consecutive years, but are also coming off their fourth straight one-and-done in the playoffs. They aren't changing things up much, however. They'll hope quarterback Andy Dalton can perform better in the playoffs. Pro Bowl inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict is recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery. 

Coaching changes: None

Free Agents: Tight end Jermaine Gresham, inside linebacker Rey Maualuga, outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and tight end Alex Smith are all unrestricted.* *

Draft position/needs: No. 21. Cornerback, safety, kicker

Cleveland Browns

Overview: It's already been a tumultuous offseason for the Browns. Their offensive coordinator left and now there are reports of friction within the organization between ownership, second-year General Manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff. The Browns may lose draft picks, depending on a league investigation for the front office and coaching staff engaging in banned texting during games. Their star receiver, Josh Gordon, has already been suspended for the entire 2015 season. Now there are rumors that Cleveland could draft another quarterback after Johnny Manziel had a lackluster rookie season on and off the field and has since checked himself into rehab.

Coaching changes: Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan left Cleveland after one season with the team. The Browns ranked 23rd in offense last year, but Shanahan had ushered in some improvement. He's been replaced by former Oakland Raiders Quarterbacks Coach John DeFilippo.* *

Free agents: Tight end Jordan Cameron, quarterback Brian Hoyer, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard and cornerback Buster Skrine are unrestricted. Free safety Tashaun Gipson is restricted.

Draft position/needs: No. 12 & 19. Wide receiver, inside linebacker, defensive line, quarterback

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