Looking over every team in the Cleveland Browns division, the AFC North, and seeing who made the best changes during the 2019 NFL Offseason
Last season, the AFC North was won by the Baltimore Ravens with a record of 10-6. They were a half-game ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers who were 9-6-1 and won by taking out the 7-8-1, third place Cleveland Browns in Week 17.
Coming in last place in the North was the Cincinnati Bengals who went 6-10. They struggled down the stretch with injuries and it hurt their chances of making any noise.
All four franchises then headed into the offseason and made some significant moves. But which of the four had the best offseason? We look at that, beginning with the team who was least productive.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
The issues started during 2018 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. No team had more drama circling them than the Steelers, and it wasn’t all on running back Le’Veon Bell. Sure, he had the contract holdout that led to his departure this offseason, but there were plenty of other issues.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger decided that he was going to criticize the front office in the offseason for drafting a quarterback two years in a row. In that complaint, he conveniently forgot that he openly talked about retirement which is why they’re considering life without Big Ben.
He also went after wide receivers on the team, which led to a schism with Antonio Brown. The Pro Bowl wideout ended up forcing his way out of town, which means they lost two offensive superstars with a minimal return for their services — but hey, they kept the aging quarterback who’s considering retirement.
Pittsburgh also made a big move in the draft, landing Devin Bush out of Michigan. Yes, Bush fills a huge need and is a talented player. However, they gave up a lot to get him and No. 10 seemed kind of high for his services.
In all, it wasn’t a great season for the Steelers and it’s going to be hard for them to try and get back on top.
Overall Offseason Grade: C-