The following whispers have come to our attention from around the AFC North:
• Don't be surprised if you see some new faces at wide receiver for Baltimore next season. Starters Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason are both under contract for 2011, but reserves Donté Stallworth and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are both free agents, and whether either will be back remains to be seen, the way we hear it. Stallworth simply hasn't had many opportunities whatsoever in the Ravens' offense and doesn't have a regular role. Houshmandzadeh, the Ravens' No. 3 wideout, has received more work than Stallworth, but far fewer targets than he was accustomed to getting with Cincinnati and Seattle. Any departures could open the door for David Reed to get more playing time in his second NFL season.
• Ravens rookie NT Terrence Cody, who stepped up in the Ravens' wild-card win at Kansas City with a tackle of RB Jamaal Charles that caused a fumble, figures to have a bigger role next season, the way we hear it.
• New Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, who worked closely with highly touted rookie QB Sam Bradford in St. Louis as the Rams' offensive coordinator and was QB Donovan McNabb's position coach in Philadelphia when McNabb was chosen for three Pro Bowls, had the following to say about Browns QB Colt McCoy, like Bradford a first-year player who showed promise in 2010: "Obviously, with last year's choosing of a quarterback (by the Rams), I got to know Colt very well. I'm very impressed with Colt McCoy and I think he has the skill set, the skill and ability to be a fine player in this league. I'm really looking forward to working with him."