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Around the AFC North: What Needs Remain for Steelers, Bengals, and Browns?

WR Michael Thomas
WR Michael Thomas

As teams examine their rosters prior to the start of training camp, here's a look at possible moves for the Ravens' division rivals:

Pittsburgh Steelers: Adding a Veteran Wide Receiver Could Make Sense

George Pickens is clearly Pittsburgh's No. 1 wide receiver, but after trading Diontae Johnson to Carolina before the draft, the Steelers don't have a clear-cut No. 2.

Van Jefferson, Calvin Austin III, Scotty Miller, Quez Watkins, and rookie Roman Wilson are all vying to start opposite Pickens. However, if the Steelers decide to sign a veteran wide receiver, Hunter Renfrow, Russell Gage, and Michael Thomas are among those who remain available.

Thomas had four straight seasons with at least 1,100 receiving yards (2016-19) for the New Orleans Saints, but he didn't reach 500 yards the past three seasons before being released. Former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes Pittsburgh should pursue Thomas if he's healthy.

"Is that receiver room deep enough? That's my only thing," Sanders said on the "Up and Adams" Show. "Who would they add? Obviously, Mike hasn't been healthy, but every time I think about Mike, I think about a healthy Mike Thomas making plays.

"When I was with him down in New Orleans, the way that this guy prepares. I've never met a guy, besides myself and Antonio Brown, who even at practice, every single rep, he's going full speed."

Cleveland Browns: Would Yannick Ngakoue Be Right Fit for Pass Rush?

Cleveland's pass rush is led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year Myles Garrett, who had 14 sacks last season. However, nobody else for Cleveland had more than 5.5 sacks in 2023, and the Browns want to give Garrett more help.

ESPN’s Matt Bowen believes former Ravens and Maryland edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue is the best fit for Cleveland among remaining free agents. Ngakoue has 69 career sacks but had just 4.0 sacks with the Chicago Bears last season, although he did have 20 pressures.

Ngakoue said whichever team signs him will get a rejuvenated player.

"Honestly, I haven't really been thinking about an offer or details in specific at all," Ngakoue told Sirius XM NFL Radio via Kevin Patra of

"The only thing I've been thinking about is taking that grass again and re-establishing myself on the field as one of the fiercest competitors in the game today. That's the only thing on my mind. Everything else will come after that. I have to re-establish myself and remind people of why I'm one of the best [pass] rushers."

Cincinnati Bengals: Adding Cornerback Depth Could Be on Radar

The Bengals have retooled their secondary, adding former Ravens safety Geno Stone in free agency and shifting Dax Hill from safety to corner. However, it remains to be seen if they are done making moves in the secondary.

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine wrote that free agent cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon would be a nice pickup for Cincinnati. Witherspoon equaled his career high with three interceptions, starting every game last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

"Witherspoon has the height and length that so many teams around the league covet at 6'2", 195 pounds," Ballentine wrote. "After putting together one of the best years of his career, he should find a home at some point before the season starts."

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