AFC North 2013 Free Agency Day Two Recap

Wednesday wasn\’t as busy of a day around the AFC North as most of the splash was made on Tuesday. There were a few moves in the division, however, and here is your recap of day two.

Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers had a few moves that they made on Wednesday and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was the big name. The former Bengals backup might go down as the biggest free agent signing by the Steelers of the off-season. Last year that distinction went to tight end Leonard Pope. The team did lose another one of their unrestricted free agents, however, as running back Rashard Mendenhall signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The only other move made on Wednesday by the Steelers was the re-signing of long snapper Greg Warren to a one-year contract.

Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens lost another defensive player on Wednesday as they released safety Bernard Pollard. The Ravens are also watching the status of safety Ed Reed very closely moving forward as it is possible that he could be out the door as early as Thursday or Friday.

Cleveland Browns – ┬áThe Browns continued their busy week as former Carolina Panthers tight end Gary Barnidge was signed on Wednesday to a three-year, $3.75 million contract. Also signed was former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, who agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million deal. Running back Chris Ogbonnaya was also re-signed on Wednesday to a two-year contract.

Cincinnati Bengals – Not only did the Bengals lose Gradkowski to the Steelers, but they also lost linebacker Manny Lawson to the Buffalo Bills and defensive tackle Pat Sims to the Oakland Raiders. Kicker Josh Brown also left via free agency as he signed with the New York Giants on Wednesday.

  • steeltown

    His overall record and stats dont reflect it, but Gradkowski is an instant upgade over Leftwich at this point in his career

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    lol your an instant upgrade over lefty just sayin I just hope johnny football an clowny are on Pitts board next year

  • John Hinton

    Agreed…plus he is durable.

  • steeltown

    I know it isnt saying much.. but Lefty is the exact opposite of what we need with a Haley Offense, Lefty had a canon, but almost no short area quickness or accuracy.. Gradkowski on the other hand is accurate on screens, fades and underneath tosses and has good touch in short areas.. and most importantly he’s mobile and throws well on the run

    Just hope he can protect the ball better than he has in the past

  • LucasY59

    the Steelers would probably need to have one of the top 3 picks next year to get either of those players, they would need to have one of the most dissapointing seasons in the history of the team to have a shot a drafting them

  • Da16652

    Is it just me are the attorneys and free agency ruining the NFL