3 offseason moves from AFC North rivals that Ravens fans can laugh at

The AFC North made some puzzling moves

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The Baltimore Ravens may not have had the best offseason after losing so many starters on both sides of the ball, but fans can take solace in the fact they retained one of their best internal players in Justin Madubuike and convinced Derrick Henry to sign as a backup.

The AFC North has quickly become the strongest division in football, as there is a legitimate case to make for every team in the group to either win the division or finish in last place. In such a competitive environment, one or two offseason missteps could be killer for anyone's chances of true contention.

The Ravens seem to believe they have strong internal replacements for all of the players who left this offseason, opting for promoting younger talents into the spotlight instead of paying on obscene price for a free agent acquistion or trade piece that could blow up in thier face.

The AFC North has used teh offseason to get stronger around the defending champion Ravens, but not every move thie rivals pulled off was dipped in goal and predetermined for success. These three moves could end up looking much less savory than they did just a few weeks ago if they falter in the regular season.

3 AFC North offseason moves Baltimore Raves fans can laugh at

3. Bengals replace Joe Mixon with Zack Moss

The Bengals dumped Joe Mixon on the Houston Texans, as they wanted a cheaper alternative at the running back spot. Cincinnati went bargain bin shopping to steal Moss away from the Indianapolis Colts, and that could come back to bite them in the rear end.

Moss may have recorded just under 800 yards on 4.3 yards per carry last season, but 187 of those yards came in two of his 14 games. In his final 10 games of the year, Moss saw his yards per carry average dip to just 3.7 per tote and his pace for yards in a 17-game stretch drop to under 600, all while finding the end zone just three times.

The Baltimore Ravens can laugh at Zack Moss joining the Bengals

The Bengals are always going to be a team that airs it out with Joe Burrow under center, but they signed a running back in Moss that has never had more than 27 catches or 197 yards receiving in a season. This is a downgrade across the board, even if Mixon was declining during his last year with Cincy.

While Moss is only on a two-year deal (and the NFL Draft could help them add a change of pace back), the Bengals are now on the verge of losing three key starters from their old offensive juggernaut in Mixon, veteran free agent wide receiver Tyler Boyd, and franchise-tagged trade bait Tee Higgins.