AFC North 2013 Free Agency Day One Recap

Day one of the 2013 NFL league year brought quite a bit of change to the AFC North division as the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns saw their rosters change quite a bit. Here is a recap of what happened Tuesday in the division.

Pittsburgh Steelers: It was business as usual for the Steelers, who normally focus their efforts on signing their own free agents in the early days of free agency. The Steelers re-signed linebacker Larry Foote, tight end/fullback David Johnson and wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Those signings came one day after it was announced that guard Ramon Foster had been resigned. The Steelers of course did suffer their first free agent loss on Tuesday as wide receiver Mike Wallace was signed by the Miami Dolphins to a five-year, $60 million contract with $30 million guaranteed. We all knew it was just a matter of time. The Steelers have a few free agent visitors lined up, but the action will slow from here on out as all of our eyes will stay focused on cornerback Keenan Lewis.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens had some key losses on Tuesday. Just one day after trading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, the Ravens lost outside linebacker Paul Kruger to the Cleveland Browns and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to the Dolphins. Kruger signed a five-year, $41 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed, while Ellerbe signed a five-year, $34.75 million contract. The Ravens did sign an outside free agent, however, as defensive tackle Chris Canty, formerly of the New York Giants, signed a three-year, $8 million contract with $2.8 million guaranteed. The Ravens also re-signed a few of their own free agents as wide receiver David Reed, long snapper Morgan Cox and safety James Ihedigbo all came to terms on Tuesday.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns, as mentioned above, signed Kruger away from the Ravens. They also signed defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, to a five-year, $34 million contract on Tuesday That deal reportedly included $15 million guaranteed.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals had a very slow start on Tuesday and it included re-signing one of their own free agents as defensive end Robert Geathers was signed to a a three-year, $9.5 million contract.

  • steeltown

    Hey Dave.. the signing of Gay wont be considered a FA pick up, in regards to comp pick consideration, correct?? He was released and signed well before FA began, same goes for Foote and Foster who were re-signed before FA began…. Am I right in that the only true FA pickup at this point (in relation to comp pick consideration) is QB Gradkowski?

  • dgh57

    I like what’s going on with the Ravens!!! Gone are Boldin, Ellerbe, Kruger, Pollard and Lewis!! In the draft I could see them going for a LB for sure.

  • Dan

    Yes this is a wonderful dismantling of a team. Now if they lose Reed and Suggs continues his injurious ways, we’re really set. Their star power will be down to one overpaid QB and an admittedly pretty good RB. They do have enough left overs to be at least an average team, but they should expect some tough times ahead.
    What is a bit of a concern is all the change going on in Cleveland. It would seem that with all those high draft picks and new management that they would have to improve at some point. Hopefully it won’t be much and their Clevelanderness will always come through.

  • steeltown

    Dont forget Matt Birk retired and Cary Williams is a UFA as well

  • steeltown

    I’m excited to have the Browns become contenders again… remember the Ravens and Bengals have to play them twice a year too

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  • LucasY59

    From what I understand, comp picks are not changed by UFA’s that are re-signed to the same team, so Foote and Foster do not effect comp picks, so far only Gradkowski’s signing could and he would have to get considerable playing time to have any effect on comp picks.

    Wallace and Mendenhall should both be the starters for the teams they went to. Wallace’s contract was big enough that they should get a 3rd rounder, he should be the Dolphin’s best WR so he should get almost all the playing time possible and should also have descent stats (no worse than this year)
    Mendenhall not as sure about the comp pick he will earn, smaller contract and unless the Cards O-line improves a ton he will have a harder time putting up good stats. I would not expect more than a 5th rounder for him

  • steeltown

    Thats what I thought, wasnt sure about players being re-signed, but I assumed they wouldnt count against it