Sizing up division

A breakdown of the AFC North after free agency and the draft

Pro football

May 01, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Ravens

2006 record: 13-3 (first in division)

Major additions: RB Willis McGahee (trade/Buffalo), G Ben Grubbs (draft/first round), PR-KR Yamon Figurs (draft/third round)

Key losses: RB Jamal Lewis, FB Ovie Mughelli, G Edwin Mulitalo, OT Tony Pashos, LB Adalius Thomas

Burning question: How much will the Ravens miss Thomas?

Biggest change: The offensive line could feature a new right side with Grubbs and Adam Terry.

Bengals

2006 record: 8-8 (tied for second in division)

Major additions: DT Michael Myers (FA/Denver), CB Leon Hall (draft/first round), RB Kenny Irons (draft/second round)

Key losses: C Rich Braham, CB Tory James, S Kevin Kaesviharn, LB Brian Simmons, G Eric Steinbach, WR Kelley Washington

Burning question: Will a high-scoring offense still be undermined by a faulty defense?

Biggest change: The Bengals will miss Braham and Steinbach on the offensive line and will struggle to put together a legitimate linebacker corps.

Browns

2006 record: 4-12 (last in division)

Major additions: WR Tim Carter (trade/N.Y. Giants), RB Jamal Lewis (released/Ravens), C Seth McKinney (released/Miami), LB Antwan Peek (FA/Houston), DT Robaire Smith (FA/Tennessee), G Eric Steinbach (FA/Cincinnati), OT Joe Thomas (draft/first round), QB Brady Quinn (draft/first round), CB Eric Wright (draft/second round)

Key losses: RB Reuben Droughns, CB Daylon McCutcheon, DE Alvin McKinley, WR-PR Dennis Northcutt, S Brian Russell

Burning question: When will Quinn take over as the starting quarterback?

Biggest change: After two lackluster seasons, there is speculation that coach Romeo Crennel needs to win now to save his job.

Steelers

2006 record: 8-8 (tied for second in division)

Major additions: OL Sean Mahan (FA/Tampa Bay), OLB Lawrence Timmons (draft/ first round)

Key losses: C Jeff Hartings, LB Joey Porter

Burning question: Will quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rebound from last season's slump?

Biggest change: Mike Tomlin takes over for longtime coach Bill Cowher, but he insists he will stick to the Steelers' 3-4 defensive philosophy.

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