Around the AFC North (3/30): No Soccer Contract for Ochocinco

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Chad Ochocinco begins tryout with Sporting Kansas City on March 23, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at how Chad Ochocinco's tryout in the MLS went, the Ravens having a good visit with DT Muhammad Wilkerson, and how Steelers tight end Heath Miller is deemed as underrated.

Cincinnati Bengals: Ochocinco Not Offered a Contract by Kansas City

If you didn't hear, a couple of weeks ago, Chad Ochocinco announced that he was getting a tryout with Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team. While the receiver held his own during the tryout, he was not offered a contract to join the team. He did well enough to be welcomed back as a reserve if he wishes though:

"We told him we would not be offering him a contract with the team, but we feel his stay here has been so good in so many ways, we would offer him an opportunity to train with our reserves when they train in the afternoon on certain days of the week and continue to work on his fitness while he’s waiting for the lockout to finish, just because we think he’s become an honorary member of Sporting Kansas City [...] He has been fantastic in all ways. In the locker room with the guys, and just with the staff and everyone else, it’s been a real pleasure."

That doesn't sound like the guy who plays for the Bengals. Perhaps he knows another team in a different league won't tolerate his antics.

Baltimore Ravens: Wilkerson Has Good Visit With Team

Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson had a private workout with the Baltimore Ravens yesterday after which he termed the visit "great" and says he would love to come back to Baltimore as a member of the team.

Wilkerson was selected prior to the Ravens picking in our community mock draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Heath Miller Regarded as Underrated

This [power ranking] confirms what most of us in the AFC North blog already suspected: Miller remains one of the league's most underrated players. Injuries hurt his numbers in 2010 (42 receptions for 512 yards). But Miller was recently an AFC representative in the Pro Bowl two seasons ago with 76 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns.

False. Players become overrated the second they put on a Steelers uniform.

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