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Around the AFC North (5/17): Ike Taylor Talks About Contract; Bengals Wide Receivers

The 'best cornerback' couldn't stop the Packers in the Super Bowl.
The 'best cornerback' couldn't stop the Packers in the Super Bowl.

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.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ike Taylor's Free Agent Status

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:

On his reaction when seeing the massive contract signed by Oakland Raiders CB Stanford Routt, a player he has to know he’s much better than:

"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."

Cincinnati Bengals: Where Will Ochocinco and TO be in 2011?

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."

When it comes to Terrell Owens, who is coming off his one and only season with the Cincinnati Bengals, Schefter wasn't so sure. He was asked if Owens could possibly end up as a New York Jet in 2011.

Baltimore Ravens: Were Thinking of Drafting a Safety in Second Round

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, 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.