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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-01


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-01
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 are expected to promote Tavares Gooden, a third-round pick in 2008, 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.

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

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--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.

--S Daren Stone (ERFA tender withdrawn) had a late penalty that proved costly in AFC championship game and it could hurt his chances of sticking with the team.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

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.

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

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

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--QB Todd Bouman: UFA; 1 yr, 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.

--LB Jameel McClain: ERFA; terms unknown.

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

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

--CB Samari Rolle: FA, had been released by Ravens; $10M/4 yrs, guarantees unknown.

--TE Quinn Sypniewski: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

--WR Demetrius Williams: RFA; $1.01M/1 yr.

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

--QB Kyle Boller: UFA Rams; $1.5M/1 yr.

--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 Chris McAlister (failed physical).

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



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 1, 2009

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