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AFC North & NFL Roundup: Week of Feb. 6-10

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 9:35 am | Categories: AFC North, AFC North Roundup

We’ll round up the biggest stories from AFC North enemy territory each day. We’ll also bring you any NFL national news and updates on former Ravens, if there’s something to pass along.

Friday, Feb. 10

SteelersSteelers Introduce Haley As New Offensive Coordinator
The Browns have two picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, and they’re also looking to add some pieces in free agency. Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot discussed the possibility of the Browns adding a top-flight wide receiver and re-signing running back Peyton Hillis. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsWhat Will Browns Do In Free Agency?
The Browns have two picks in the first round of the upcoming draft, and they’re also looking to add some pieces in free agency. Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot discussed the possibility of the Browns adding a top-flight wide receiver and re-signing running back Peyton Hillis. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsSeason Review: Running Backs
One of the positions with questions for the Bengals is running back, where Cedric Benson is an unrestricted free agent. Cincinnati has Bernard Scott signed through next season, and they may opt to stick with him rather than trying to bring back the veteran Benson. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFL10 Biggest Offseason Questions
Peyton Manning has dominated the headlines so far this offseason, but his future is not the only thing up in the air this offseason. Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks takes a look at some of the most intriguing questions heading into the draft and free agency. [SI.com]

Thursday, Feb. 9

SteelersSteelers Release McFadden, Battle
The Steelers released two veterans yesterday in cornerback Bryant McFadden and wide receiver Arnaz Battle. The Steelers are going to have to shed some significant salary this offseason and cutting veterans is one place to start.  [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsHolmgren Confident In Childress
Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren said on the team’s radio show Wednesday night that newly hired offensive coordinator Brad Childress is “an excellent football coach, a very bright guy, knows how to coach quarterbacks.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsBengals Looking For Running Back Help
Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson is set to become a free agent this offseason, and CBSsports.com’s Paul Dehner says that Benson’s time in Cincinnati appears to have run out. The Bengals could look to draft a running back or go after someone else in free agency. [CBSsports.com]

NFLHolmes Returning For $15.25 Million
At the end of the season, it looked like Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes had his days numbered in New York. Much of the criticism following the Jets late-season collapse was placed on Holmes, but the team announced Wednesday that he is going to return next season for $15.25 million in guaranteed money. [ESPN.com]

Wednesday, Feb. 8

SteelersHaley Brings Fiery Personality To Steelers
The Steelers reached a deal with Todd Haley to become their new offensive coordinator, and he brings a track record of being an in-your-face kind of coordinator. Haley was a fiery personality as the head coach in Kansas City and as a coordinator with Arizona, write the Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

BrownsBrowns Need Receiver Like Manningham
The Cleveland Browns offense was one of the league’s worst last year and part of the problem was not having an explosive weapon at wide receiver. For that reason, Browns beat writer Mary Cay Cabot says that Giants wide receiver is exactly the kind of target the Browns need to find this offseason. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsOffseason Outlook: Quarterbacks
Unlike last year, the Bengals are heading into the offseason with a good feeling about the quarterback position after rookie Andy Dalton went to the Pro Bowl and surpassed expectations. The Bengals also have backup Bruce Gradkowski signed through next season. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLSuper Bowl Attracts 2.1 Million Online Viewers
The Super Bowl was live streamed for the first time this season, and the online stream of the game drew 2.1 million viewers, according to NBC. That makes it the most  watched single-game sporting event online. [Associated Press / SI.com]

Tuesday, Feb. 7

SteelersReport: Haley To Run Steelers’ Offense
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly tapped former Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley to be their new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Haley would replace Bruce Arians, who was not offered a new contract and left to become the Colts offensive coordinator. [ESPN.com]

BrownsCouncil OKs $5.8 Million In Stadium Repairs
The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay the Browns $5.8 million to make repairs to the 12-year-old Cleveland Browns Stadium. The money will come from a city-administered tax on tobacco and alcohol sales. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsGiants To Travel To Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Bengals will welcome the New York Giants to Paul Brown Stadium next season, marking the 28th time the franchise history the Bengals have played a regular-season game against the defending Super Bowl champs. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLSuper Bowl Champion Giants Return Home
The Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants returned home Monday where they were greeted by hundreds of fans at their practice facility. The team is holding a victory parade through the city today. [Associated Press / ESPN.com]

Monday, Feb. 6

SteelersHarrison, Clark Insult Patriots
Soon after the New England Patriots dropped the Super Bowl to the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison tweeted “Told you, cheaters never win!!!!!!!!!”  Safety Ryan Clark then chimed in with a tweet saying, “0-2 [in Super Bowls] post spy gate! Just saying!!”  [ESPN.com]

BrownsGriffin Says He Wants To Go To Colts
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is projected by many draft analysts as a likely pick of by the Cleveland Browns with the fourth overall pick, but during interviews this weekend he said that he wants to be the first overall pick to the Colts. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

BengalsDalton Shut Out Of Rookie Honors
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was up for some of the rookie awards this year but he ended up getting shut out in favor of fellow rookie quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers quarterback won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award by a wide margin. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

NFLManning Flexible On Deal Demands
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly willing to sign a contract that is loaded with incentives, rather than up-front money. The contract would likely have bonuses for staying healthy and performing at a high level. [ESPN.com]

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