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AFC North: Joe Flacco’s Payday, & Josh Cribbs’ Last Days in Cleveland


Jan 28, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA;Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during a Super Bowl XLVII press conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Flacco has played like an elite quarterback during the 2012 postseason, but he intends to target more money than Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning in contract talks with the Ravens. Flacco and the Ravens will resume negotiations immediately after the Super Bowl. Peyton currently makes $19.2 million a year, meaning Flacco will be targeting around $20 million per year with the Ravens, but they may just franchise him and pay him $14 million for the 2013 season, and make him prove he can maintain his new-found “elite” level of play. 

Sunday night’s Pro Bowl may have been free agent receiver Josh Cribbs’ last game as a Cleveland Brown. He hasn’t heard from the Browns about a new contract, and new owner Jimmy Haslam has said a decision on Cribbs will be made over the next few weeks.

Cribbs is nothing more than a serviceable #4 receiver, but his abilities as a return man will make him a quality free agent for whoever decides to sign him.

After being one of the least productive pass-rushing 3-4 ends in football since being a first-round pick in 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers could consider moving Ziggy Hood to defensive tackle in 2013.

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