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Around the AFC North: News from the week of April 18

The Browns huge deal with the Philadelphia Eagles was the biggest NFL story of the week, but there was other news coming out of the AFC North.

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This week, the Philadelphia Eagles traded, like, all of their picks for the next ten years to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the second overall pick in the 2016 draft. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating, but the Browns have ended up with 12 2016 picks. Best of all, for the Browns, is they probably won't have a chance to waste a super-early pick on another bound-to-fail quarterback.

What other news is going on in the AFC North? Let's take a look.

Cleveland Browns quarterback RGIII calls out Josh Gordon

Wide receiver Josh Gordon has a ton of talent. Suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Browns have not been able to take advantage of it. Now, RGIII, formerly of the Washington Redskins, has weighed in on the situation, saying, "I hope he understands the situation that he's in and what's at stake, and I think he does. But it's up to him ultimately to make that decision. You cannot tell a grown man what to do. All you can do is be there for him and try to help guide him."

Sadly, the person who seems to have been there the most for Josh Gordon is beleaguered free agent quarterback, the oft-in-trouble Johnny Manziel.

The Ravens are trying to prevent injuries

The Ravens seem to think that karma and curses were not to blame for the spate of 2015 injuries that sidelined players including quarterback Joe Flacco and OLB Terrell Suggs. To that end, the team has hired a new director of Performance and Recovery, Steve Sanders, and has undertaken an injury-reduction plan. The Baltimore Beatdown has an article detailing the new strategy.

Players all around the AFC North mourn the death of Prince

Legendary musician Prince passed away on Thursday. NFL athletes and reporters mourned his death on social media.



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