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News » Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-08

Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-08

Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2009-05-08
The Ravens are still looking to upgrade at wide receiver. Four veteran wide receivers -- Jerry Porter, Kelley Washington, D.J. Hackett and Tab Perry -- will try out for the Ravens at their first minicamp (May 8-10).

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.


Starting right guard Marshal Yanda (knee surgery) will be limited in the Ravens' first minicamp (May 8-10) and likely will be placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.

The Ravens' cornerback group will also have a number of players limited because of injury: Fabian Washington (shoulder surgery), Samari Rolle (groin), Chris Carr (shoulder surgery), Frank Walker (shoulder surgery) and Derrick Martin (shoulder).

Wide receiver Derrick Mason (shoulder surgery) won't participate in minicamp as a precautionary measure. The Ravens are interested in how much receiver Demetrius Williams (ankle) can handle.

Others who could be limited are: running back Willis McGahee, who recently had a procedure to clean out his knee; tight end Todd Heap (back); receiver Mark Clayton (unknown); offensive tackles Willie Anderson (back) and Adam Terry (knee); and linebacker Antwan Barnes (chest).

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



--FB Lorenzo Neal.

--OT Chad Slaughter.

--K Matt Stover.

--TE Daniel Wilcox.

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.



--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.


--PK Steven Hauschka: ERFA; terms unknown.

--TE Edgar Jones: 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.


--QB John Beck: FA Dolphins; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--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.


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

--QB Todd Bouman (released).

--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 8, 2009

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