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Where do the Browns stand in AFC North after first wave of free agency?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — We’re still six months away from the start of the NFL season, so prognosticating the AFC North in 2021 is — well, it’s a little early.

Still, the Browns certainly helped themselves in the first wave of free agency. They added some key players, led by safety John Johnson III, but also didn’t lose any players who will change the outcome of what they are capable of next season.

The rest of the division had different approaches for various reasons. The Bengals were aggressive in free agency, which you’d expect from a team with a young quarterback in need of a quick turnaround. The Steelers saw some key players walk but brought back Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Ravens had losses of their own, too, but they’re a team who traditionally values comp picks and adding players in the draft — it’s a path the Browns will soon head down, too, as their roster ages and gets more expensive.

Mary Kay Cabot, Ellis Williams and I reset the AFC North before Tim Bielik talked NFL Draft on Wednesday’s Orange and Brown Talk Podcast.

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