The AFC North has always been a hotbed for the rest of the NFL to try to lure players, mostly on defense, from what could be considered the best defensive division in the league. This year, many of these players who are entering free agency may leave their current teams but yet remain in the AFC North.
The Baltimore Ravens may involuntarily be spreading their success around the division more than any other team. Linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe have both been linked to rumors surrounding the Cleveland Browns. Ellerbe has also reportedly drawn interest from the Cincinnati Bengals. Kruger has also been linked to the Indianapolis Colts
Both the Browns and Bengals have among the most salary cap space in the league and therefore have the ability to throw millions of dollars at players that might just be too good of an offer to pass up.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace will be among the most popular guy in free agency and the Bengals have also been mentioned in the discussion of where he could wind up. A receiving duo of Wallace and A.J. Green would strike fear into any defense that has to face Cincinnati.
The Steelers released veteran linebacker James Harrison, whose agent says he thinks playing out his career with the Baltimore Ravens would be the "great fit" for him. Neither Pittsburgh nor Baltimore have been the type of teams that throw huge contracts at free agents, so if any players from around the AFC North end up on their rosters, it would more than likely be a role player or someone released after the June deadline.
The Ravens have been adept at finding these great deals, as they have signed players like Bernard Pollard and Bryant McKinnie at this point in the past.