3 Pivotal Ravens Defenders Could Leave in the Offseason and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2013

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun says that three defenders pivotal to the Baltimore Ravens' success this season—Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams—might not all be able to remain with the team after this season due to the team's salary-cap situation.

For the second straight year, the Ravens are projected to be close to the $120-121 million salary cap and still need to figure out contract terms with quarterback Joe Flacco. Wilson surmises that if Flacco does not get a new deal and lands the franchise tag (just over $14 million for 2013) then the Ravens may not be able to keep even one of the three defensive players.

Kruger has the highest Ravens sack total this season, while Ellerbe and Williams are top-five tacklers.

Baltimore Ravens

Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun breaks down the catch by Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones that led to the Ravens defeating the Denver Broncos in overtime to head to this Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Bleacher Report's Scott Kacsmar takes a look at whether Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is worth the elite-level contract he's likely going to want this offseason.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth will be going to the Pro Bowl, replacing the Denver Broncos' Ryan Clady, who bowed out due to injury.

Reed Domer-Shank of Bleacher Report breaks down the three biggest steps the Bengals need to make in the offseason.

Cleveland Browns

Joey Morona of the Cleveland Plain Dealer presents some fan-designed tweaks to the Cleveland Browns' uniforms in anticipation of the changes that are expected to come to the kit after the 2013 season.

In a Bleacher Report NFL debate, fans discuss how many wins the Browns will have in Rob Chudzinski's first year as the team's head coach.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review breaks down the myriad issues about to plague the Pittsburgh Steelers' receiving corps.

Bleacher Report's Nick DeWitt discusses the roster moves the Steelers must make this offseason.