July 24, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) practices during the Baltimore Ravens opening day of training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

AFC North Headlines: Joe Flacco & Ravens Working Hard on Contract Extension



The Ravens and the agent for QB Joe Flacco met Sunday to discuss a new contract for the upcoming free agent. Both sides have been increasing discussions in recent weeks, but if a deal cannot be reached by next offseason, the Ravens won’t hesitate to use the franchise tag on him.


Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie is back in Baltimore after his brief absence, but apparently has an injured back.


Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is ready to end his Browns embargo.


Steelers nose-tackle Casey Hampton may be old, but he says he has plenty left in the tank.


Steelers GM Kevin Colbert stated yesterday that unsigned restricted free agent Mike Wallace is not available for trade. Wallace is currently deciding whether to play under his $2.742 million tender or holdout. If he’s smart, he’ll end this standoff with the Steelers immediately.


Wallace’s asking price reportedly closer to the five-year, $55.555 million contract signed by Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson during the spring. Jackson’s deal contains $26 million guaranteed, which is also close to want Wallace is demanding.


Bengals DE Michael Johnson knows his team is very good on paper, but he also knows that they have to prove it on the field.


Jay Gruden thinks he may have added too much to the Bengals’ playbook.


Once his injured leg heals, WR Josh Gordon will be on the “fast track” for Browns.


Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie is expected to report to training camp Monday after he was an unexpected no-show when Ravens’ veterans reported Wednesday, and is currently being fined $30,000 per missed practice.


Ravens LB Sergio Kindle has earned some praise from Ravens coaches after essentially missing the past 2 years of football.


Browns fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson is expected to push Kaluka Maiava as the teams’ starting weak-side linebacker.


WR Jordan Shipley, CB Nate Clements, DT Pat Sims, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DE Robert Geathers, and K Mike Nugent were all absent from practice as they recover from various injuries. Shipley is still awaiting clearance to practice after recovering from an ACL tear last season.


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