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2015 Ravens Free Agency Rumor Mill


Monday, March 16

Soon after rumors started circulating that veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork had narrowed down his choices to the Patriots, Ravens and Colts, he announced on Twitter that he would actually be joining the Houston Texans. It's unknown whether the Ravens were ever actually interested in bringing him to Baltimore.

The Ravens are reportedly in the running to sign veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. The long-time Patriots defender has narrowed his choices to the Ravens, Colts and Patriots, according to Houston sports radio personality John Lopez. Wilfork hit the market earlier this month when the Patriots opted not to pick up his option for the 2015 season. The 12-year veteran could help Baltimore make up for the loss of Haloti Ngata as a run stuffer in the middle of the defense.

Friday, March 13

Bringing tight end Scott Chandler to the Ravens isn't going to happen after all. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the former Bills tight end has reached a deal with the New England Patriots. The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported that the Ravens showed interest in Chandler, but he ultimately decided to go to New England.

The Ravens may be in the process of quickly replacing tight end Owen Daniels. Former Bills tight end Scott Chandler hit the market this week after getting released by Buffalo, and he has reportedly narrowed his destination down to the Ravens and Patriots, according to NBC reporter Dianna Marie Russini. A decision from Chandler is expected "very soon," Russini reported. Chandler is a proven pass-catching tight end who hauled in 47 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns last year.

Thursday, March 12

Safety Darian Stewart is testing the market as an unrestricted free agent, and he appears to have some interested suitors. Stewart has visited with the Denver Broncos and also has a visit planned with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Stewart started 14 games last year for the Ravens.

Wednesday, March 11

The Ravens may look to add some veteran depth to the defensive line to help offset the loss of Haloti Ngata. Baltimore reportedly has interest in former Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Knighton, 28, is heading into his seventh NFL season. He started every game the last two years for Denver and is coming off a season where he had 30 tackles, two sacks and three passes defensed.

There was plenty of speculation around Baltimore the last few days about whether the Ravens could bring in veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson. Cross that idea off the list. Johnson announced Wednesday afternoon on his Twitter account that he would be signing with the Colts after visiting Indianapolis.

Tuesday, March 10

The Ravens could be in danger of losing another offensive starter in free agency, as veteran tight end Owen Daniels is reportedly visiting the Broncos today, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Daniels has a natural connection to Broncos because of Head Coach Gary Kubiak, who has coached Daniels for his entire career. Kubiak recruited Daniels to Baltimore last year to help the team make the transition to the West Coast offense, and he could look to go the same route in Denver.  

The market is quickly materializing for wide receiver Andre Johnson. Just a day after getting cut by Houston, the veteran wideout is reportedly traveling to Indianapolis tonight to meet with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson will reportedly be traveling on Owner Jim Irsay's plane. He could join former college teammate and free-agent running back Frank Gore in Indianapolis if he decides to sign with the Colts.

The Ravens are in a holding pattern with Haloti Ngata, and the veteran defensive tackle may end up playing the 2015 season at his current salary, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore has spent the first two months of the offseason trying to work out a contract extension with Ngata, who reportedly carries a team-high $16 million cap hit this year. Speculation was that the Ravens may cut Ngata if the two sides didn't reach an agreement before free agency, but Wilson reported that it now "looks like Ngata will play under current salary structure."

Monday, March 9

Ravens free-agent running back Justin Forsett is drawing interest from several teams, including the Ravens, Redskins, Colts and Falcons, according to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. It has been a somewhat depressed running back market thus far, but Forsett's Pro Bowl season has sparked interest in the veteran. Forsett has said he wants to stay in Baltimore and the feeling is mutual.

The Ravens are trying to work out a contract extension with veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is heading into the final year of his contract and reportedly carries a $16 million salary-cap hit. If the two sides can't agree to a deal and the Ravens end up cutting him, then Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Browns and Colts would be "strong suitors."

Cornerback Cary Williams has received contract offers from the Jets, Seahawks and Titans after getting released by the Eagles, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Wilson reported that the Ravens have maintained interest in Williams up to this point, but the other teams are pursuing him with offers. 

The Houston Texans cut ties with long-time wide receiver Andre Johnson Monday afternoon, putting him on the open market for the first time in his 13 NFL seasons. The Texans cut Johnson after initially telling him he'd have a significantly diminished role in the offense. Baltimore has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Johnson, and ESPN's Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson both speculated about the possibility of Johnson joining the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee looks like he's ready to cash in on a big 2014 season by signing a $40 million contract with the Bears, according to The Baltimore Sun. The contract is reportedly a five-year deal and carries $16 million in guaranteed money. The Ravens knew it would be difficult to keep the 26-year-old defender after he recorded seven sacks in 2014 because they are strapped for cap space and already have two veterans ahead of him with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith announced Sunday night that he won't be back in Baltimore next season, and the 49ers are the favorite to sign him, according to The Sun. An unnamed source told Aaron Wilson that Smith to San Francisco is a "done deal." If Smith does end up heading to the 49ers, then he would reunite with fellow former Raven and good friend Anquan Boldin.

Running back Justin Forsett is also set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year opens Tuesday at 4 p.m., and the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport  reported that the Washington Redskins could make a play to sign him. Rapoport initially reported that the Saints could pursue Forsett,  but that was before they re-signed their own free agent running back Mark Ingram.  Last month, ESPN reported the Atlanta Falcons would have "strong interest" in Forsett, too.               

Former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams is on the market after getting released by the Philadelphia Eagles last week. There's been speculation of a Baltimore reunion for Williams, who was a starter on the Super Bowl XLVII team, but Williams is exploring other options first. He's meeting with the Jets, Titans and Seahawks, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. After initially reporting there was mutual interest between the Ravens and Williams, The Sun also reported that a reunion doesn't appear likely at this time.

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