Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
Here is your one-stop shopping for news around the AFC North:
- A source told ESPN.com that, as of Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals and rookie Keith Rivers remain “far apart” in contract negotiations.
Morning take: Although the distance can change at any moment, this is still a hard one to figure out. Part of me says there’s no reason Rivers shouldn’t have a deal in place, while another part of me says the Bengals are historically one of the NFL’s most tight-pocketed teams. So, let’s reserve judgment for now.
- John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes this could be the last chance for backup Steelers receiver Willie Reid.
Morning take: The drafting of receiver Limas Sweed in the second round says it all the from the Steelers’ perspective. If this doesn’t light a fire under Reid, nothing will.
- Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun reports Ravens starting tight end Todd Heap hurt his calf and sat out of Sunday afternoon’s practice.
Morning take: I’m running out of words to describe the Ravens’ injuries. See the 20 previous “Morning Takes” for more insight.
- Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer believes Braylon Edwards is a perfect fit for the Cleveland Browns‘ offense.
Morning take: To go even further, Edwards and quarterback Derek Anderson are tailor-made for each other as two home-run hitters. Seeing the pair hook up again Friday in a game-like scenario for the first time this year brought flashbacks to Edwards’ 16-touchdown season in 2007.