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News » Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-03


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-03


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-03
Reserve quarterback Todd Bouman reached an agreement to return to the Ravens. Bouman, 36, who spent his first season with the Ravens in 2008, is expected to be the third-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco and Troy Smith. It is likely a one-year deal, but terms weren't released. Bouman spent the first five weeks of last season as the No. 2 quarterback before dropping to No. 3 once Smith recovered from a severe tonsil infection.


The only free agent still on the Ravens' radar is offensive tackle Orlando Pace. He would push Willie Anderson out of the right tackle spot.

In the first month of free agency, the Ravens lost three starters from a team that advanced to the AFC championship game: linebacker Bart Scott, center Jason Brown and safety Jim Leonhard.

The Ravens could promote either Brendon Ayanbadejo, Tavares Gooden or Jameel McClain into Scott's inside linebacker spot. The team signed six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk to replace Brown. And Dawan Landry, who was on injured reserve for most of last season, will take back his starting job at safety.

The Ravens were able to keep two linebackers, re-signing Ray Lewis and using the franchise tag on Terrell Suggs. They also addressed their lack of youth at cornerback by signing Dominique Foxworth, 25, a Baltimore native.

The Ravens have improved their depth with the signings of cornerback Chris Carr and tight end L.J. Smith.

TEAM NEEDS/OFFSEASON STRATEGY

The Ravens could use a deep threat at wide receiver, and they could pursue a kicker in the draft or sign a veteran after the draft.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Wide receiver: The Ravens have an adequate group with Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams. But the Ravens lack a deep threat. They also need someone who could develop into a No. 1 receiver when Mason either leaves or retires. It seems like Maryland's Darrius Hayward-Bey is on the team's radar for the draft.

2. Kicker. With Matt Stover not in the Ravens' immediate plans, they want to bring in competition for Steven Hauschka, last season's kickoff specialist. The Ravens could draft a kicker (they found punter Sam Koch in the sixth round) or add a journeyman like Nick Novak (University of Maryland), Billy Cundiff or Justin Medlock.

3. Defensive end. The Ravens didn't get as much pressure on the quarterback that they wanted last season. There is a need to get young on the edge. Trevor Pryce likely has only one season left in him.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Terrell Suggs: tendered at $10.17M.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--QB Kyle Boller never developed into consistent starter. Expected to become backup elsewhere.

--FB Lorenzo Neal became leader of the running backs. He should figure into the Ravens' plans next season.

--OT Chad Slaughter was a late addition last season who doesn't have a place on the Ravens' roster, which already has tackles Jared Gaither, Willie Anderson, Adam Terry and Oniel Cousins.

--K Matt Stover bounced back after a poor start. He will probably test free-agent market but give the Ravens a chance to match the best offer.

--TE Daniel Wilcox has seen his productivity suffer over two injury-filled seasons. Not expected to return.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--RB P.J. Daniels (not tendered as RFA).

--TE Scott Kuhn (not tendered as ERFA).

--LB Robert McCune (not tendered as RFA) is a dependable special teams player. Might return.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--TE Quinn Sypniewski (tendered at $1.01M with fifth-round pick as compensation) is a dependable blocking tight end.

--WR Demetrius Williams (tendered at $1.01M with fourth-round pick as compensation) saw injuries slow his progress, but Ravens still like his potential.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--TE Edgar Jones is one of the most versatile players on team because he can play tight end on offense and rush end on defense.

--LB Jameel McClain showed flashes of being a playmaker on special teams and had limited action on defense.

--RB Jalen Parmele has value because he adds depth on special teams.

--S Daren Stone had a late penalty that proved costly in AFC championship game and it could hurt his chances of sticking with the team.

--NT Kelly Talavou spent last season on injured reserve after showing some potential on defense.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--QB Todd Bouman: UFA; terms unknown.

--PK Steven Hauschka: ERFA; terms unknown.

--P Sam Koch: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.

--S Dawan Landry: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

--LB Ray Lewis: UFA; $44.5M/7 yrs, $6.25M SB; 2009 cap: $5M.

--CB Derrick Martin: Potential RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--WR Marcus Maxwell (not tendered as RFA); 1 yr, terms unknown.

--DT Brandon McKinney: Potential RFA; terms unknown.

--CB Evan Oglesby (not tendered as RFA); 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--C Matt Birk: UFA Vikings; $12M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--CB/KR Chris Carr: UFA Titans; $5M/2 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--CB Domonique Foxworth: UFA Falcons; $27.2M/4 yrs, $4M SB/$3.38M report bonus/$16.5M guaranteed; 2009 cap: $5M.

--TE L.J. Smith: UFA Eagles; $1.5M/1 yrs, guarantees unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

--CB Chris McAlister (failed physical).

--C Jason Brown: UFA Rams; $37.5M/5 yrs, $11M SB/$20M guaranteed.

--WR Terrance Copper: UFA Chiefs; terms unknown.

--DE Marques Douglas (released).

--LB Nick Greisen (released).

--CB Corey Ivy: UFA Browns; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--SS Jim Leonhard: UFA Jets; $5.9M/3 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--CB Samari Rolle (released).

--LB Bart Scott: UFA Jets; $48M/6 yrs, $22M guaranteed.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 3, 2009

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