A look at the moves within the AFC North

An updated look at what's been happening around the AFC North Division during free agency:


Check out the highlight photos from the Wild Card game against the Bengals. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 18-16 on Jan. 9, 2016.

CINCINNATI BENGALS:** Veteran LB Karlos Dansby suggested upon landing in Cincinnati that he already had a keen appreciation of how the Bengals would respond this season in the wake of last season's last-second, 18-16 loss to the Steelers in the AFC playoffs.

Dansby has a little personal experience in that arena, having been a member of the Arizona Cardinals team that lost Super Bowl XLIII to the Steelers, 27-23, in the waning moments.

"When I lost the Super Bowl it pushed me to another level, so I know my expectation level coming in," Dansby said in a conference call with Cincinnati media. "These guys are going to be ready to go. They are going to be itching to get back on the field.

"They're going to have a certain kind of passion, a certain kind of drive for the game that they didn't have before because they were so close and they know they had an opportunity to win that game they lost."
Dansby, 34, was signed by the Bengals after being cut by the Browns.

He joins the Bengals as the only active player with at least 40 career sacks and 15 career interceptions, and he's one interception shy of becoming the fifth player in NFL history to amass 40 sacks and 20 INTs in a career.

Dansby is tied for the all-time lead among linebackers with six career pick-sixes (two in 2015 with Cleveland).

CLEVELAND BROWNS: The Browns added QB Robert Griffin III after he'd been let go by Washington, but that didn't necessarily alter Cleveland's draft plans at No. 2 overall.

"We've been clear on the importance of improving and stabilizing the quarterback position," Vice president of Football Operations Sashi Brown told browns.com. "We have said that the draft is and will be our primary focus but we will always look to complement the draft through free agency and this is one of those examples."

Check out the highlight photos from the Week 17 game against the Browns. The Steelers defeated the Browns 28-12 on January 3rd 2016.

Griffin III showed up expecting nothing other than a chance to battle to become the Browns' starter in 2016.

"If they draft a quarterback it doesn't bother me at all," he said in a conference call with Cleveland media. "I'm just ready to compete."

Griffin III has started 35 NFL games, but only seven since the conclusion of the 2013 season (none in 2015).

He already has a relationship with suspended WR Josh Gordon.

"Josh is family, we went to Baylor together," Griffin III said. "I love the guy. I don't know what's going to happen with him and the league or with the team but he always knows that he has a brother in me.

"If the opportunity comes that he can get reinstated and play for the Browns, then I won't be upset with that, let's put it that way. He is family."

BALTIMORE RAVENS: New Ravens TE Benjamin Watson has a big fan in his former head coach, Sean Payton of the Saints.

"We wanted to keep him," Payton said at the NFL Annual Meeting in March in Boca Raton, Fla. "He was price point, and hey, that's to Baltimore's credit. We were looking closely at a certain amount and as that amount rose a little bit north of where we were comfortable, then you're happy for the player."

Watson, 35, signed for a reported $8 million over two years.

He caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six TDs with New Orleans in 2015.

"A very reliable player," Payton continued. "He blocks well. He catches well. As a tight end, he does a lot of things well.

"You talk about the person before the player, and they're getting one of the best guys you'd ever want to be around. Great team leader, really good family, you check off every box, real personable. I would say he's available for player one to 53, anytime they need help."

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