For many NFL teams, the offseason is when the rebuilding begins.
WIth the Feb. 20 opening of the franchise tag period earlier this week and with the NFL Combine begining next week, the rebuilding starts fast and happens faster.
Before you know it September will be here.
The next few months are critical for teams to address team needs, adjust their salary cap situations and plan for the future.
For the Steelers, Bengals and Browns, their needs vary as each team has had very different levels of success.
In 2017, the Steelers were serious contenders to win Super Bowl LII and then you have the Browns who couldn't win a single game.
We've taken a look at the Ravens' biggest offseason needs, but how about their AFC North rivals?
There were some questionable coaching decisions in the Steelers' 45-42 AFC Championship loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Down by seven with two timeouts and the two minute warning, head coach Mike Tomlin decided to go with an onside kick instead of punting with 2:18 left. As you guessed it, the onside kicked didn't go in their favor and ultimately ended their playoff run. Many called for the firing of Tomlin after the questionable call.
That didn't happen but the team was still left with concerns about their future heading into the offseason.
Running back Le'veon Bell played 2017 on the team's exclusive franchise tag after the two couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal. Bell said they're closer in negotiations this year than last, and it would be difficult to see the organization let one of the best backs in the league just walk away.
Another big question mark is addressing the inside linebacker position with Ryan Shazier's future questionable after suffering a scary spinal injury.
Ben Standig's most recent mock draft has the Steelers taking ILB, Rashaan Evans out of Alabama in the first-round.
During the end of the 2017 regular season, there was narrative from head coach Marvin Lewis that he would be exploring other opportunities after 15 seasons with the team.
In those 15 seasons, the organization made seven playoff runs but did not win a single playoff game, leaving many to question why Lewis was still a part of the organization.
Well, the Bengals proved their loyalty to Lewis and gave him an extension through the 2019 season, making the head coach question obsolete.
Now the biggest question is can they rebuild their offense? They lost Pro Bowler's Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth during 2017 free agency. They've already fired O-line coach Paul Alexander to kick the rebuilding process off.
In Ben Standig's latest mock draft, he has the Bengals taking offensive tackle Mike McGlinchy out of Notre Dame at No. 12.
The Browns, man. Where to start?
Luckily, the have the No.1 and No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, almost guaranteeing them two successful players.
Their most glaring need, like seasons past, has been finding their man under center. So far they haven't had any luck, but maybe that could change this season with a veteran like Kirk Cousins. Even drafting someone like Sam Darnold out of USC and developing him under Cousins has the potential for success. Standing's mock draft then has the team taking running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State at No.4.
The future looks as promising as ever for the Browns.
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