Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14
A look at some of the top story lines in the AFC North as the NFL free agency period looms on the horizon:Baltimore - The Ravens made quarterback Joe Flacco the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, signing him to a six-year, $120 million contract. The move was seen by many as not only the right thing to do, but also necessary.The problem for the Ravens is that they still have several free agents to re-sign, most notably Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, and Dannell Ellerbe among others. Not to mention that veteran center Matt Birk recently announced his retirement.In the end, this move may end up panning out much like Peyton Manning's deal in Indy in 2004. For now, it would seem the Ravens have too many question marks to address on their roster. Cincinnati - Bengals' middle linebacker Rey Maualuga becomes a free agent this year, and re-signing the fourth-year veteran from USC must be seen as a priority for the franchise. It seems funny to say that Maualuga was second on the team in tackle...
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