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RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WRs Andrew Hawkins and Dan Sanzenbacker; LB Vincent Rey.

NEEDS: Johnson got team’s franchise tag last season, but will most likely be too costly to keep around for another year. Rookie Margus Hunt was his backup and could move into bigger role. Collins played exceptionally well as injury fill-in last season and will be looking for starting job somewhere else. Secondary needs upgrading. CB Terence Newman played well but will be 36. Same goes for CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, who turns 31. Top CB Leon Hall turns 30 and is recovering from another torn Achilles tendon. Second-year CB Dre Kirkpatrick was healthy last season but had growing pains. Crocker again was a valuable addition after he was signed during season for second straight year. He’s turning 34 and is ready to retire if no team wants him. QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green are entering final years on contracts, so Bengals must decide on offering big-money extensions. Green has quickly blossomed into one of NFL’s best receivers. Dalton has been impressive during regular season but gone 0-3 in playoffs.

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-8)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WRs Plaxico Burress, WR Jerricho Cotchery and WR Emmanuel Sanders; RBs Jonathan Dwyer, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling and RB Felix Jones; TEs David Johnson and Michael Palmer; C Fernando Velasco; OLs Cody Wallace and OL Guy Whimper; DTs Al Woods and Ziggy Hood; DE Brett Keisel; LBs Sylvester Stevenson and LB Jamal Westerman; S Will Allen and S Ryan Clark; P Mat McBriar; LS Greg Warren.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

NEEDS: Steelers answered one of biggest questions when they tagged LB Jason Worilds as transition player, meaning heavily compensated but rarely healthy LB LaMarr Woodley will either take pay cut or play elsewhere. Salary cap room is at premium, even with cap number bump. New deal for QB Ben Roethlisberger could be in works and at least one of unrestricted free agent linemen could return at discount.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-8)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TEs Dallas Clark and Ed Dickson; DL Terrence Cody; CB Corey Graham; S James Ihedigbo and Jeromy Miles; DT Arthur Jones; WR-KR Jacoby Jones; OTs Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher;, RB Bernard Scott;, LB Daryl Smith.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LBs Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan; WR Tandon Doss; S Omar Brown and Anthony Levine.

NEEDS: Ravens are eager to add WR to provide support for Torrey Smith. This is priority because Jones, who had 37 catches in 2013, might not be back. Team is also intent on improving running game, which means adding RB or shoring up OL that last season lacked size and depth.


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CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-12)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S T.J. Ward; RB Willis McGahee; G Oneil Cousins.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

NEEDS: Quarterback remains unresolved issue, but Browns will likely address that position high in draft. Placing transition tag on center Alex Mack, Pro Bowler last season, will impact where team shops in free agency. Browns would like to sign Mack to long-term deal, but he may want to leave and could get big offers. With Ward likely out of plans, Browns could focus on Bills’ ball-hawking safety Jairus Byrd, who played under Cleveland coach Mike Pettine last season in Buffalo. Ben Tate could be target at running back and there’s new hole at inside linebacker after D’Qwell Jackson was released. Browns are $55 million under salary cap, so there’s plenty to spend, and new GM Ray Farmer does inherit roster with six Pro Bowlers and more depth than his predecessors.

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DENVER BRONCOS (13-3)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Quentin Jammer and Marquice Cole; WRs Eric Decker and Bubba Caldwell; DEs Robert Ayers, Jeremy Mincey and Shaun Phillips; RB Knowshon Moreno; LBs Wesley Woodyard, Stewart Bradley and Paris Lenon;, S Mike Adams and Michael Huff; LG Zane Beadles; C Steve Vallos and Dan Koppen; OT Winston Justice.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Chris Harris Jr.; KR Trindon Holliday; DT Mitch Unrein.

NEEDS: Broncos need to shore up secondary and linebacking corps. Harris is coming off ACL surgery and CB Champ Bailey was released after most trying season of 15-year NFL career. OLB Von Miller also recovering from torn ACL and Woodyard had to play in middle last year after Bradley got hurt in preseason. He was undersized and by midseason had lost starting job to journeyman Lenon. OL Chris Kuper retired after struggling with ankle injury last two seasons.

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