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2014 Ravens Free Agency Rumor Mill

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Get the latest news and rumors throughout free agency.

Thursday, March 20

Ravens Maintaining Interest In Ihedigbo (3:54 p.m.)
Baltimore has maintained interest in free safety James Ihedigbo, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Ihedigbo reportedly visited the Detroit Lions last week but left without a contract. He finished second on the Ravens in tackles last year with 101 tackles.

Tuesday, March 18

Alex Mack Getting ‘No Interest’ (9:40 a.m.)
Although free agent center Alex Mack's agents believe teams can craft an offer sheet that the Browns won’t match, they haven’t gotten any offers, according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio. Mack, who was given the transition tag by the Browns, has reportedly not had any visits through the first week of free agency.

Contract Offered To Ed Dickson (8:47 a.m.)
The Ravens have extended a contract offer to free agent tight end Ed Dickson, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Dickson, 26, did not accept the offer yet, as he also has a contract offer from Jacksonville and interest from other teams. He started 14 of 16 games for the Ravens last season, and caught 25 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown.

Monday, March 17

Ravens Interested In FS Clark (3:11 p.m.)
Baltimore is interested in former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Clark is a 34-year-old free safety who has been a starter for the past 10 years. He’s coming off a season in which he made a career-high 104 tackles and added two interceptions. He played eight seasons in gold and black. Wilson reports that the Jets and Redskins are also involved with Clark.

Saturday, March 15

Ravens Interested In DT Guion (7:59 p.m.)
Baltimore has displayed interest in former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Guion, 26, is a 6-foot-4, 303-pound lineman that could help offset the loss of Arthur Jones. Guion is visiting with the Packers Sunday and Monday and the Patriots are also reportedly interested.

Friday, March 14

Ravens Still Expressing Interest in Edelman (1:11 p.m.)
Just because the Ravens are hosting wide receiver Steve Smith for a visit on Friday doesn’t mean he’s their only potential target, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter says the Ravens are “expressing some level of interest” in wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Michael Oher Visiting Titans (9:54 a.m.)
The Ravens already re-signed one of their free agent offensive tackles this offseason, and now the other is testing the market. Right tackle Michael Oher is visiting the Tennessee Titans Friday, according to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky. The Ravens expressed interest in re-signing Oher before getting left tackle Eugene Monroe under contract, and Head Coach John Harbaugh said that it was possible the Ravens would be able to keep both lineman.

Thursday, March 13

WR Smith Visiting Ravens Friday (7:45 p.m.)
Wide receiver Steve Smith is scheduled to visit the Ravens Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. The veteran wideout was released by the Carolina Panthers Thursday, and the Ravens quickly set up a time to get him to Baltimore. The Ravens are looking to upgrade their receiving corps, and they are currently favorites to land him, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Ravens Haven’t Reached Out To Smith (1:23 p.m.)
There are conflicting reports on whether Baltimore is in contact with wide receiver Steve Smith. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun says the Ravens haven’t yet reached out, and won’t until after 4 p.m. once he’s officially off their the Panthers’ roster.

‘Very Possible’ Ihedigbo Signs Soon (1:10 p.m.)
Safety James Ihedigbo visited with the Lions Thursday morning, and he left Detroit without a contract but indicated that it’s “very possible” he signs soon, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ihedigbo told Birkett that he “needs to his agent situation squared away” before signing. Going to Detroit could be attractive for Ihedigbo, as former Ravens Secondary Coach Teryl Austin is the Lions defensive coordinator.

Ravens Inquired About Smith (12:32 p.m.)
The Ravens didn’t waste any time once wide receiver Steve Smith hit the open market. The team “called to inquire” about Smith less than an hour after his release from the Panthers, according to ESPN's David Newton.

Ravens “Favorites” To Land Smith (11:56 a.m.)
The Ravens have emerged as the favorites to land wide receiver Steve Smith, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Previous reports said a deal could happen fast.

Browns Making Push For Edelman (10:33 a.m.)
There is reported mutual interest between the Ravens and receiver Julian Edelman, but the Cleveland Browns are making a “strong push” to bring him into the fold, according to CSN New England. If the Ravens land Steve Smith, who is expected to be cut today, CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora expects Edelman to return to the Patriots.

Steve Smith Will Be Released Today  (10:33 a.m.)
After failing to find a trade partner, the Carolina Panthers will release Steve Smith today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. To replace Smith, the Panthers are talking with receiver Hakeem Nicks and offering a deal in the neighborhood $4.5 million per year, according to Jason La Canfora.

Ihedigbo Expected To Sign With Lions (9:10 a.m.)
The Lions are expected to sign Ravens free agent James Ihedigbo, per Pro Football Talk. Ihedigbo would be joining former Ravens Secondary Coach Teryl Austin, who is now the Lions’ defensive coordinator.

Ravens Will ‘Quickly’ Pursue Smith (9:03 a.m.)
Wide receiver Steve Smith is still a Carolina Panther, but NFL Media’s Albert Breer is reporting that the Ravens will be “in pursuit” and “quickly” once he’s released, as Smith’s agent predicts. Breer says a deal could material fast.

Wednesday, March 12

Ravens In Contact With Alex Mack (3:13 p.m.)
Baltimore is one of four teams that have been in contact with center Alex Mack, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The Indianapolis Colts are another. Rapoport says there have been “varying levels” of interest and that teams are “waiting for the frenzy to die down.”

Daniels Visiting Packers (1:37 p.m.)
Tight end Owen Daniels is visiting the Green Bay Packers first, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Daniels has been rumored as being of interest to the Ravens and Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, who coached Daniels for eight years in Houston. He’s a proven pass-catching option.

Steve Smith Will Go Elsewhere (1:29 p.m.)
Wide receiver Steve Smith’s agent told The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that his client will be “throwing on a jersey for another team to be named soon.” Wilson said the Ravens are expected to “closely monitor” the situation.

OFFICIAL UPDATES

Ravens Re-Sign LT Monroe. FULL STORY

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Tuesday, March 11

J. Jones Visiting Giants (5:45 p.m.)
Wide receiver and return man Jacoby Jones is testing the free agency waters. Jones has a visit planned with the New York Giants Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The Ravens reportedly extended a contract offer to Jones, but he is still looking to determine his value on the market. Jones has been with the Ravens the last two seasons. The two sides are still discussing a possible return, per the report.

CB Graham Visiting Redskins (5:14 p.m.)
Cornerback Corey Graham hit free agency Tuesday, and he will test the market by taking a trip down the road to meet with the Washington Redskins, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Graham was the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback last season and is also a former Pro Bowl special teamer. Graham did express interest in staying in Baltimore at the end of last season and the Ravens would like to see him return.

High Opinion Of WR Sanders (3:54 p.m.)
The Ravens have a “high opinion” of free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but haven’t reached out yet, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Wilson reports that it will depend on his price and that nothing is heating up. Baltimore got to know Sanders well, considering he was with the AFC North rival Steelers for the past four years.

Ravens Interested In Edelman (3:30 p.m.)
Possession slot wide receiver Julian Edelman did not reach a deal with the New England Patriots and will reportedly hit the free agent market. The Ravens have interest, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. “Nothing has heated up yet,” however.

Broncos Possibly Interested In Smith (3:27 p.m.)
Denver has been aggressive on the free-agent market, and is considering signing inside linebacker John Beason of the New York Giants and “possibly” Baltimore’s Daryl Smith.

Ravens Talking About TE Daniels (3:27 p.m.)
The Texans officially released tight end Owen Daniels within an hour of free agency’s opening Tuesday, and NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that his name has “come up several times” at Ravens headquarters. A person within the organization reportedly says new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, who coached Daniels in Houston, “loves him.”

Smith Could Be Strong Fit With Ravens (1:20 p.m.)
Wide receiver Steve Smith could be a strong fit with the Ravens if the Panthers release him later today, a league source told The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. The Panthers are reportedly trying to trade the 35-year-old wide receiver, but the more likely scenario is that he ends up getting cut and hitting free agency. In addition to Baltimore, Smith is also expected to garner interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Wilson.

Backup Plan With Mack (11:33 a.m.)
As the Ravens wait for left tackle Eugene Monroe, they are plotting a backup plan to make a play for center Alex Mack, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport says Baltimore would make an offer that Cleveland, who placed the transition tag on Mack, couldn’t match. The Ravens have long been rumored to be one team who would be interested in Mack, a two-time Pro Bowler.

Ravens Not Close With Smith (11 a.m.)
The Ravens “aren’t close” to a deal with inside linebacker Daryl Smith, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Smith and the Ravens have expressed that they would like to continue together next year after Smith led the team in tackles and was strong in pass coverage.

Mutual Interest Between Ravens, Miles (11 a.m.)
The Ravens and prospective free agent safety and special teamer Jeromy Miles have “mutual interest” in staying together, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. The Ravens signed Miles last year after he was released by Cincinnati and he was a strong part of their special teams coverage units.

Monroe Has Multiple Offers (10:41 a.m.)
Despite reporting that the Ravens are “very close” to a deal with Eugene Monroe, NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala also says she has been told Monroe has a “few” offers. She reports none are enough to relocate yet, and wonders if the Ravens will come up enough.

Baltimore Interested In TE Pettigrew (10:41 a.m.)
There are “whispers” that the Ravens are interested in prospective Detroit Lions free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston. The columnist notes that Ozzie Newsome liked the big-bodied, first-round tight end in the 2009 draft.

Ravens ‘Very Close’ To Deal With Monroe (8:43 a.m.)
The Ravens are “very close” to striking a new deal with left tackle Eugene Monroe, according to NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. She reported that’s the “buzz” inside team headquarters. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted that the two sides should have a deal done by the start of free agency at 4 p.m.

A. Jones Expected To Go To Indy (8:21 a.m.)
Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones will sign with the Indianapolis Colts as soon as today, reports The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Jones is expected to get a contract between $6 million and $7 million per year. Jones would reunite with former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano.

Monday, March 10

Interest In Jacoby
Four teams are interested in Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. All four want to schedule a visit, although Anderson says Jones will likely not grant a visit to all. The teams were not revealed.

Graham Has Suitors
The NFC East reportedly likes Ravens cornerback Corey Graham. According to multiple sources, the Giants, Eagles and Redskins are interested. The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Giants have expressed their feelings after failing to get Alterraun Verner.

Schefter Expects Monroe Back With Ravens
ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes that one of the Ravens’ top free agent priorities will end up back in Baltimore. The ESPN insider said that expects Monroe to stay with the Ravens, which coincides with recent reports that the two sides are bridging the gap in free agency.

Colts Showing ‘Real Interest’ In A. Jones
As defensive lineman Arthur Jones surveys the free agency landscape, the Indianapolis Colts appear to be heavily courting him. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Colts have shown a “very real interest” in Jones, and that the interest is mutual. Joining the Colts would reunite Jones with former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who coached Jones his first two years in the NFL.

A. Jones Drawing Multiple Suitors
Defensive tackle Arthur Jones is considered one of the Ravens’ top unrestricted free agents, and he is reportedly entertaining multiple suitors. Since the “legal tampering” period opened Saturday, Jones has drawn interest from the Packers, Titans, Giants, Redskins and Vikings, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

McClain Visiting With Vikings
Since getting released by the Ravens two weeks ago, inside linebacker Jameel McClain has met with teams around the league to determine his next destination. McClain has met with the Bills and Giants, and is scheduled to meet with the Vikings Monday, according to The Sun.

Ravens Made Offer To J. Jones
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones is set to hit the open market, but the Ravens have made him a contract offer, according to Wilson. The veteran receiver and returner may not get signed in the first wave of free agency, as Wilson reported that there is “nothing imminent” for him. Jeff Zrebiec of The Sun reported that Jones has a “realistic” chance of returning next season.

Hopeful To Reach Deal With Monroe
The Ravens are still in conversations with left tackle Eugene Monroe, and are “hopeful” a deal can be reached before the start of free agency Tuesday. Monroe is one of the best offensive line prospects on the market, and a top priority for the Ravens. Monroe and the Ravens appeared far apart  going into last weekend, but the market for offensive tackles may have cooled, giving the Ravens a good chance to retain the left tackle.

Quiet For Now With D. Smith
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said last month that the Ravens had engaged in talks with veteran inside linebacker Daryl Smith, but negotiations are quiet for now, Wilson reported. Smith is a priority for the Ravens, but a deal does not appear imminent. Smith could be inclined to test the market after former Browns middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

 

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