In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at Ike Taylor commenting on what his contract will be after the lockout, where the Bengals' free agent receivers could end up next season, and who the Ravens considered taking in round two of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Free agent cornerback Ike Taylor joined a Pittsburgh radio show last week to talk about his free agent status. He feels there aren't any cornerbacks out there that are better than him, and he is confident the Steelers will end up retaining him once the lockout is over. When asked about how he felt after seeing the massive contract a cornerback in Oakland received, here's what Taylor had to say:
"I mean, I see that type of contract and I’m like ‘man, I’m ready to sign for that type of money.’ But I look at the team that he signed that type of money for and I’m like "I’m with the Raiders.’ So you can’t even put into consideration what the Raiders d. Yeah, for my market value and what it is for individuals at my position — yeah, it helped me out bigtime. But man, there are some things you can’t even really pay attention to. Some teams run differently than others, and as we all know, one of them teams is the Raiders. So yeah, it puts a smile on your face, but you’ve got to understand that it’s a business, and that’s what I’m doing."
We've heard so much about where Carson Palmer will end up this season, but what about the team's two showboat receivers?
Sports Illustrated's Peter King does think Ochocinco and the Patriots will team up in 2011, though. This morning he was asked the same question on PFT Live, and responded by saying, "At the end of the day, I think he's gonna be with the New England Patriots."
The Baltimore Ravens were prepared to draft UCLA safety, Rahim Moore, in the second round of last month's 2011 NFL Draft before he was selected by the Denver Broncos twelve picks ahead of the Ravens, who ended up taking Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith with the 58th overall pick. According to a story at ProFootballTalk.com, Smith was the Ravens preferred pick, but if he was not there, and Moore was, they would have taken him. Moore was working out with the Ravens All-Pro free safety, Ed Reed, prior to the draft which might have opened the team's eyes to his future potential in a purple uniform.