QB Competition Ahead for the Cleveland Browns and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 1, 2013

Hot on the heels of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith—who is likely on the trade block this offseason—praising current Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has confirmed there will indeed be a quarterback competition in Cleveland this year.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer spoke with Haslam, who said that despite Turner and head coach Rob Chudzinski liking much of what they saw out of Brandon Weeden in reviewing his 2012 season, says that a competition for the starting job is coming. It also appears that Weeden's competition will come out of the free agency pool, though Haslam also didn't rule out potentially going to the draft again, either.



Baltimore Ravens

The staff of the Baltimore Sun provide their final Super Bowl predictions—and surprisingly, not all of them think the Baltimore Ravens can pull off the win.

Bleacher Report's John Ewen details a few potential 2013 landing spots for Ravens safety Ed Reed, who isn't entirely likely to return to Baltimore.



Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green told the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy that he was frustrated by his lack of first-half catches in the team's playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

Bleacher Report's Kyle Battle gives us potential Bengals draft picks who could be major rookie-year contributors.



Cleveland Browns

Vic Carucci of ClevelandBrowns.com takes questions from readers and addresses why the team will be making a shift from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 despite having excellent 4-3 personnel.

Andy McNamara of Bleacher Report takes a look at which Cleveland Browns players have the highest trade value this year.



Pittsburgh Steelers

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Charlie Batch has won the the Byron "Whizzer" White Award, the NFLPA's highest community service honor.

Chris G. of Bleacher Report wonders if the Steelers need to start putting a higher emphasis on drafting players with no character-related red flags.