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2021 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC North

The Ravens finally signed a wide receiver late in the process, inking a deal with former Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins. Earlier in the free agency process, the Browns inked a deal with one of the league’s best safeties in former Rams standout John Johnson III. Find out what else has happened in the AFC North this offseason.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

WR Willie Snead

RB Mark Ingram (Agreed to terms with Texans)

C Matt Skura (Agreed to terms with Dolphins)

QB Robert Griffin III

WR Chris Moore (Agreed to terms with Texans)

RG D.J. Fluker

WR Dez Bryant

WR De’Anthony Thomas

TE Eric Tomlinson (Re-signed)

WR DeAndrew White

RB Gus Edwards (Placed a second-round tender)

C Trystan Colon-Castillo (Re-signed)

WR Antoine Wesley

Defensive free agents

DE Matt Judon (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

DE Yannick Ngakoue (Agreed to terms with Raiders)

DT Derek Wolfe (Re-signed)

S Anthony Levine

DE Tyus Bowser (Re-signed)

DE Pernell McPhee (Re-signed)

CB Tramon Williams

DT Justin Ellis (Re-signed)

DT Jihad Ward (Agreed to terms with Jaguars)

S Jordan Richards (Re-signed)

CB Davontae Harris (Re-signed)

CB Khalil Dorsey (Re-signed)

LB Kristian Welch (Re-signed)

LB L.J. Fort

LB Chris Board (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed TE Nick Boyle to a two-year extension, OLB Tyus Bowser to a four-year deal, OLB Pernell McPhee, DE Derek Wolfe on a four-year deal, LB Chris Board, DT Justin Ellis, CB Khalil Dorsey, LB Kristian Welch, C Trystan Colon-Castillo, TE Eric Tomlinson, CB Davontae Harris, S Jordan Richards
  • Agreed to terms with OG Kevin Zeitler (Giants), WR Sammy Watkins (Chiefs), C Greg Mancz (Texans), CB Chris Westry (Cowboys),
  • Lost OLB Matt Judon (Patriots), DT Jihad Ward (Jaguars), WR Chris Moore (Texans), C Matt Skura (Dolphins)
  • Released RB Mark Ingram (Texans) and did not pick up the contract option on LB L.J. Fort
  • Placed a second-round tender on RB Gus Edwards
  • Traded a conditional draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for TE Josh Oliver

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

LT Kendall Lamm (Agreed to terms with the Titans)

WR JoJo Natson (Re-signed)

WR Rashard Higgins (Re-signed)

WR Taywan Taylor

LG Anthony Fabiano

WR KhaDarel Hodge (Re-signed)

WR Marvin Hall

RG Malcolm Pridgeon

TE Stephen Carlson (Re-signed)

TE Jordan Franks (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Olivier Vernon

CB Kevin Johnson (Agreed to terms with Titans)

CB Terrance Mitchell (Agreed to terms with Texans)

DE Adrian Clayborn

S Karl Joseph

LB B.J. Goodson

S Andrew Sendejo

LB Malcolm Smith (Re-signed)

DT Larry Ogunjobi (Agreed to terms with Bengals)

S Tedric Thompson

LB Elijah Lee (Re-signed)

CB Robert Jackson (Re-signed)

CB Brian Allen

DT Vincent Taylor (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

DE George Obinna

LB Tae Davis (Agreed to terms with Texans)

CB Tavierre Thomas (Agreed to terms with Texans)

DE Porter Gustin (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with S John Johnson (Rams) on a three-year deal, DE Takk McKinley (Raiders) on a one-year deal, CB Troy Hill (Rams), LT Greg Senat (Cowboys), LB Anthony Walker, Jr. (Colts), DT Malik Jackson (Eagles)
  • Lost CB Terrance Mitchell (Texans), DT Vincent Taylor (Browns), LT Kendall Lamm (Titans), CB Tavierre Thomas (Texans), LB Tae Davis (Texans), DT Larry Ogunjobi (Bengals), CB Kevin Johnson (Titans)
  • Re-signed CB Robert Jackson, WR KhaDarel Hodge, TE Stephen Carlson, DE Porter Gustin, TE Jordan Franks, LB Malcolm Smith, WR JoJo Natson, WR Rashard Higgins, K Cody Parkey, LB Elijah Lee

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

WR A.J. Green (Agreed to terms with the Cardinals)

WR John Ross (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

C B.J. Finney (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)

TE Cethan Carter (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)

WR Alex Erickson

LG Quinton Spain

WR Mike Thomas (Re-signed)

QB Brandon Allen (Re-signed)

RG Alex Redmond

RB Samaje Perine (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

S Shawn Williams

CB Mackensie Alexander

CB William Jackson III (Agreed to terms with the WFT)

S Brandon Wilson (Re-signed)

CB LeShaun Sims

LB Josh Bynes

DT Christian Covington

DT Mike Daniels

DT Margus Hunt

DT Xavier Williams

DE Carl Lawson (Agreed to terms with the Jets)

CB Jalen Davis (Re-signed)

CB Tony Brown (Re-signed)

LB Jordan Evans

DT Amani Bledsoe

CB Torry McTyer (Agreed to terms with the WFT)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Trey Hendrickson (Saints) on a four-year deal, CB Chidobe Awuzie (Cowboys) on a three-year deal, CB Mike Hilton (Steelers) on a four-year deal, DT Larry Ogunjobi (Browns), LT Riley Reiff (Vikings), FS Ricardo Allen (Falcons)
  • Re-signed CB Jalen Davis, WR Mike Thomas, QB Brandon Allen, RB Samaje Perine, CB Tony Brown, S Brandon Wilson
  • Lost WR A.J. Green (Cardinals), DE Carl Lawson (Jets), CB William Jackson III (WFT), TE Cethan Carter (Dolphins), CB Torry McTyer (WFT), OL B.J. Finney (Steelers), WR John Ross (Giants), K Randy Bullock (Lions)
  • Released DT Geno Atkins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

C Maurkice Pouncey (Retired)

LT Alejandro Villanueva

RT Matt Feiler (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)

RT Zach Banner (Re-signed)

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Re-signed)

RG Danny Isidora

TE Trey Edmunds (Re-signed)

RB James Conner

RT Jerald Hawkins

WR Ray-Ray McCloud (Re-signed)

QB Joshua Dobbs

C J.C. Hassenauer (Re-signed)

LT Jarron Jones (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

OLB Bud Dupree (Agreed to terms with Titans)

LB Avery Williamson

CB Mike Hilton (Agreed to terms with Bengals)

DT Tyson Alualu (Agreed to terms with Jaguars)

DE Cassius Marsh

DE Jayrone Elliott

DT Chris Wormley (Re-signed)

S Jordan Dangerfield

S Sean Davis

CB Cameron Sutton (Re-signed)

LB Tegray Scales (Re-signed)

LB Marcus Allen (Re-signed)

LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Agreed to terms with Titans)

LB Robert Spillane (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Restructured the contract of QB Ben Roethlisberger
  • Re-signed CB Cameron Sutton, RT Zach Banner, TE Trey Edmunds, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, LB Tegray Scales, LB Marcus Allen, C J.C. Hassenauer, LB Robert Spillane, OT Jarron Jones, DT Chris Wormley, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Agreed to terms with OC B.J. Finney (Bengals), S Miles Killebrew (Lions), T Joe Haeg (Buccaneers)
  • Released LB Vince Williams, CB Steven Nelson
  • Lost DT Tyson Alualu (Jaguars), CB Mike Hilton (Bengals), OLB Bud Dupree (Titans), OC Maurkice Pouncey (retired), OL Matt Feiler (Chargers), LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Titans)

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-30-18: In-game report

The Steelers squeaked past the Bengals but it wasn’t enough to qualify for the playoffs.  Despite a 16-13 victory, a number of midseason disappointments allowed the Baltimore Ravens to walk away with the AFC North division title. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Steelers spread attack

The Steelers employed the spread attack as its primary offensive set during the regular season and this included the season finale against the Bengals.  It allowed them to get their playmakers out in space but it did leave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger susceptible to increased pressure from four-man fronts.  Cincinnati only sacked Big Ben once, but they were able to get him off his throwing spot without blitzing while still keeping two safeties high.  With Antonio Brown out, Roethlisberger started the game by throwing seven completions to five different receivers.  A majority of these passes were wide receiver screens and slants.  As was my concern early in the season, Roethlisberger did fall back into a pattern of turning the football over, not only against the Bengals but all season long. For the game, Roethlisberger finished with one passing touchdown, one interception and 287 passing yards on 68-percent passing.  James Conner led the team with 64 rushing yards on 14 carries. As the Steelers assess their 2018 season offensively, look for them to carry over their spread principles into next year while also finding ways to cut down on the turnovers. 

Turnover differential 

Pittsburgh ranked sixth in scoring offense and were in the top ten in passing yards and rushing yards allowed.  The offensive and defensive stats tell a story of a successful season but turnovers doomed the Steelers and almost cost them their game against the Bengals.  In 2018, Pittsburgh finished with a -11 turnover differential, which ranked 28th in the NFL.  The other four teams with a worst differential than the Steelers were Arizona, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Tampa Bay, all teams who finished with losing records.  Against Cincinnati, Roethlisberger threw a pick- six to Shawn Williams, which represented the Bengals’ only touchdown for the game.  Defensively, Pittsburgh was not able to force the Bengals, who were missing wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton, into any mistakes. 

Cincinnati playmakers 

Cincinnati All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green caught 46 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns despite appearing in just nine games in 2018.

With A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Tyler Eifert out, it was evident that the Bengals just didn’t have the firepower to get players open against the Steelers.  Alex Erickson caught all six of his targets for 63 yards and was able to work over the middle but his longest catch was for just 13 yards.  The Bengals next most productive reviewer was Auden Tate, who caught one pass for 15 yards. Joe Mixon ran for 105 yards and finished with 1,168 yards on the season. The 22- year-old running back should be able to be relied upon for the long- term, but look for the Bengals to continue to try and develop their young playmakers like John Ross, a former Top 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.