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    Around the AFC North - Steelers.com

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    Division rivals take an early hit
    Within the first 24 hours after free agency opened, each of the Steelers’ AFC North Division rivals had lost players – in many cases, starting players – to other teams.

    One of the strengths of the 2011 Cincinnati Bengals team that finished 9-7 and qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card was the depth of the defensive line. Cincinnati was able to utilize any of eight defensive linemen in a rotation for a particular game, and that group – Domata Peko, Robert Geathers, Carlos Dunlap, Pat Sims, Geno Atkins, Jonathan Fanene, Frostee Rucker and Michael Johnson – was a key to a defense that finished No. 7 in the NFL in yards allowed and No. 9 in points allowed.

    But alas, those eight have already dwindled to six. New England signed Fanene to a three-year contract, and the Browns pilfered Rucker from their in-state rivals.

    The Baltimore Ravens defense lost a starter when Jarrett Johnson signed with the San Diego Chargers. Johnson, 30, had 56 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Ravens in 2011. In his nine seasons, all with the Ravens, Johnson had 20 sacks.

    The Cleveland Browns lost Peyton Hillis to the Kansas City Chiefs, who reportedly signed the 26-year-old running back to a one-year contract worth $3 million. Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards with a 4.4 average and 11 touchdowns for the Browns in 2010 when Brian Daboll was the team’s offensive coordinator. Daboll now holds the same position for the Chiefs.

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    Cinci will be the team to beat! Flacco will sign a huge contract to only have a bad year! Browns will be the same old Browns..
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    Grubbs agrees to five-year, $36 million contract with Saints

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    The Ravens lost Grubbs now today too, that's 3 players so far, all starters I think. They draft well but it's still going to be a hit for them next year.

    The Browns are losing players left and right, and the Bengals lost Rucker to the Browns and Fanene to the Patriots so they aren't immune to free agency either.

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    Former Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura has a free-agent visit scheduled with the Panthers on Thursday, according to a league source.

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    Ravens typically make one big splash in FA but not this year it appears. I believe they lost a DL too right?

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    Redding Signs With Colts

    The veteran defensive end has reportedly followed Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis.


    Quote Originally Posted by SteelDad View Post
    Ravens typically make one big splash in FA but not this year it appears. I believe they lost a DL too right?

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    F'n stinky *** colts can have them all!
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    Guard Evan Mathis is scheduled to visit Baltimore on Thursday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. With starting guard Ben Grubbs visiting New Orleans, Mathis would be his replacement. The 6-foot-5 Mathis, 30, started 15 games for the Eagles last year. It was his fourth team in seven NFL seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrolled View Post
    Guard Evan Mathis is scheduled to visit Baltimore on Thursday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. With starting guard Ben Grubbs visiting New Orleans, Mathis would be his replacement. The 6-foot-5 Mathis, 30, started 15 games for the Eagles last year. It was his fourth team in seven NFL seasons.
    Don't we need guards? Wonder why they wouldn't bring him in here?? Oh wait, our line is "fine"!!
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