In today's edition of Around the AFC North, we take a look at a look at a change of scenery for offensive guard Bobbie Williams, and a soon-to-be new addition to the Roethlisberger family tree.
This topic covers both the Bengals and the Ravens. We've seen Cincinnati lose offensive linemen to teams within their own division before (i.e. Eric Steinbach). Even though his age and injury from a year ago makes it a different circumstance, the same has happened with offensive guard Bobbie Williams:
After entering the final year of a two-year deal in 2011, Williams broke his ankle midway through the season, which he's been rehabilitating since. During the first of a four-day OTA session this week, Williams was reportedly working out with the team's Rehabilitation Director at Paul Brown Stadium. He claimed to be roughly 85 percent recovered.
It was unlikely that the Bengals were going to sign Williams, who turns 36 in September. With his departure, the Bengals lose a good run blocker as well as an emotional leader in the clubhouse. Excluding last season, which ended on Injured Reserve, Pro Football Focus rated Williams as one of the league's top-five offensive guards in the NFL from 2008 through 2010.
Williams will probably be a reserve guard for the Ravens.
There are some names you can recognize right off the bat. And, 20+ years from now, if you see a college prospect named "Roethlisberger," there's no doubting who they are related to. From Ben Roethlisberger's official website:
"Ashley and I are proud to let you all know that we are expecting a baby boy later this year! It is truly a blessing and we are so excited! – Ben"
Remember to spare the women and children.