Outlook: Tebow is gone from Ryan’s circus, but quarterback remains an issue as Mark Sanchez and rookie Smith were in a close battle for the woeful Jets.
Coach: John Harbaugh (54-26, sixth season).
Key additions: QB Caleb Hanie (Broncos), WR Brandon Stokley (Broncos), TE Dallas Clark (Buccaneers), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Patriots), C A.Q. Shipley (Colts), DT Brandon Williams (draft), DE Chris Canty (Giants), DE Marcus Spears (Cowboys), LB Elvis Dumervil (Broncos), LB Daryl Smith (Jaguars), LB Arthur Brown (draft), S Michael Huff (Raiders), S Matt Elam (draft).
Key losses: WR Anquan Boldin (49ers), C Matt Birk (retired), G Bobbie Williams (free agent), NT Ma’ake Keomeatu (free agent), DE Ryan McBean (free agent), LB Ray Lewis (retired), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Dolphins), LB Paul Kruger (Browns), LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (free agent), LB Ricky Brown (free agent), CB Cary Williams (Eagles), S Ed Reed (Texans), S Bernard Pollard (Titans), S Sean Considine (free agent).
Outlook: The Super Bowl XLVII champs are without fixtures Lewis, Reed, Birk and others, but still have Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and a typically strong Ravens defense.
Coach: Marvin Lewis (79-80-1, 11th season).
Key additions: TE Tyler Eifert (draft), RB Giovani Bernard (draft), DE Margus Hunt (draft), LB James Harrison (Steelers), S Shawn Williams (draft), QB Josh Johnson (Browns), QB John Skelton (Cardinals), G Mike Pollack (Panthers), TE Alex Smith (Browns).
Key losses: K Josh Brown (Giants), CB Nate Clements (free agent), S Chris Crocker (free agent), QB Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers), LB Thomas Howard (free agent), LB Manny Lawson (Bills), RB Brian Leonard (Bucs), DT Pat Sims (Raiders), CB Jason Allen (free agent).
Outlook: Quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green, both continued to grow in their second seasons — scary — and Dalton is getting more help. The Bengals addressed their needs for offensive playmakers by drafting mobile tight end Eifert and Bernard, the first running back to go off the board. And Harrison adds another dimension to a fantastic defensive front seven.
Coach: Rob Chudzinski (first season).
Key additions: WR Devone Bess (Dolphins), WR David Nelson (Bills), LB Barkevious Mingo (draft), CB Leon McFadden (draft), DE Quentin Groves (Cardinals), LB Paul Kruger (Ravens), DE Desmond Bryant (Raiders), TE Kellen Davis (Bears), QB Jason Campbell (Bears), K Shayne Graham (Texans).
Key losses: DT Frostee Rucker (Cardinals), CB Sheldon Brown (free agent), WR Josh Cribbs (Raiders), LB Scott Fujita (retired), P Reggie Hodges (free agent), QB Josh Johnson (Bengals), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Jets), T Tony Pashos (Redskins), DE Juqua Parker (free agent), TE Ben Watson (Saints), TE Alex Smith (Bengals), LB Chris Gocong (free agent), S Usama Young (Raiders), LB Emmanuel Acho (Eagles), K Phil Dawson (49ers), QB Colt McCoy (49ers).
Outlook: Running back Trent Richardson showed he is a franchise player as a rookie, but young quarterback Brandon Weeden needed more than Bess and Nelson.
Coach: Mike Tomlin (63-33, seventh season).
Key additions: QB Bruce Gradkowski (Bengals), TE Matt Spaeth (Bears), OT Guy Whimper (Jaguars), CB William Gay (Cardinals), DE/OLB Jarvis Jones (draft), RB Le’Veon Bell (draft), WR Markus Wheaton (draft), S Shamarko Thomas (draft), QB Landry Jones (draft), CB Terry Hawthorne (draft).