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Now that the free agent signing and trading period is upon us, NFL fans are hearing players, agents and the media discuss various rumors and scenarios. The Baltimore Ravens, unlike player agents and the media, are not at liberty to disclose the majority of details related to any particular player's free agent status until the information is official.
However, in order to keep our fans up to date on the latest rumors, we have compiled a 'Rumor Mill' that summarizes speculation related to Ravens free agency and trading. Please note that the 'Rumor Mill' should not be seen as a confirmation or denial by the Baltimore Ravens' organization of the veracity of these reports. When the Ravens organization makes an official free agency move or trade, you will find it on baltimoreravens.com. Also, follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates.
Walker Drawing InterestNational Football Post - March 24Aaron Wilson is reporting that several teams, including the Ravens, are showing interest in cornerback Frank Walker. The Texans, Rams, Raiders and Jaguars are reportedly in the mix.
Baltimore Also Talking to K Neil RackersNational Football Post - March 23A league source says that the Ravens have also contacted free agent kicker Neil Rackers, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.
Ravens Have Contacted K Shayne GrahamBaltimore Sun - March 23Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens have talked to free agent kicker Shayne Graham, formerly of the Bengals.
Bills Announce Edwards SigningNational Football Post - March 17The Bills reportedly gave Dwan Edwards a four-year, $18 million contract with escalators.
Edwards Leaves Buffalo Without DealBaltimore Sun - March 16Dwan Edwards' chances of returning to Baltimore increased as he was reportedly not offered a deal by the Bills.
Edwards Visiting the BillsNational Football Post - March 16Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards, who is an unrestricted free agent, is scheduled to head to Buffalo Tuesday. Edwards visited Seattle and Denver last week but did not get an offer.
OT Terry On the Move
National Football Post - March 11Former Ravens offenensive tackle Adam Terry, who did not receive a tender, has visits scheduled with the Colts and Dolphins.
Jackson Signs One-Year Deal with Eagles
ESPN - March 10ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have signed UFA cornerback Marlin Jackson to a one-year deal. Jackson had visited the Ravens facility Tuesday.
Mason Hasn't Had Any VisitsBaltimore Sun - March 10There is increased speculation that the Ravens and UFA wide receiver Derrick Mason could reunite. Perhaps the biggest reason is that Mason isn't drawing much interest from other teams and has yet to make any visits.
Nothing Expected to Happen with Jackson TuesdayBaltimore Sun - March 9Former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson is visiting the Ravens facility Tuesday, but a league source said it would be "surprising" if he were to sign a contract. Jackson is scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
Edwards Leaves Denver Without a DealNational Football Post - March 8UFA defensive end Dwan Edwards visited Seattle and Denver and didn't sign with either team.
Troy Smith's Agent Lobbying for Trade to ClevelandNational Football Post - March 8Quarterback Troy Smith's agent Ralph Cindrich said his client would "crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland." The Browns, who own four fifth-round draft picks would have to give up one to the Ravens if they signed the restricted free agent.
Jackson's Knee Ahead of ScheduleNational Football Post - March 7Sources tell Aaron Wilson that cornerback Marlin Jackson could be ready to play by organized team activities. Jackson is set to meet the Ravens Tuesday and then the Philadelphia Eagles.
CB Marlin Jackson to Visit RavensNational Football Post - March 6Former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson, who has torn two ACLs and missed much of the 2009 season, is scheduled to meet with the Ravens Tuesday.
Flacco Lobbies For Ravens to Sign MasonNational Football Post - March 6During and NFL Network interview, Joe Flacco lobbied for Baltimore to re-sign wide receiver Derrick Mason.
Mason Could Still Return, But Not a PriorityBaltimore Sun - March 6Adding Anquan Boldin doesn't rule out brining Mason back, but Jamison Hensley reports that it's no longer one of Baltimore's priorities.
Edwards' Next Stop is DenverESPN - March 6Ravens UFA defensive end Dwan Edwards will wrap up his visit with the Seahawks Saturday and go to visit the Denver Broncos Sunday.
Boldin Signs Three-Year Extension with RavensESPN - March 5Adam Schefter is reporting that Anquan Boldin signed a three-year contract extension worth $25 million, which when added to the one year remaining on his current deal, brings him to Baltimore for four years at $28 million.
Texans Re-Sign WR Kevin Walter
Houston Chronicle - March 5
UFA wide receiver Kevin Walter re-signed with the Texans hours after the Ravens traded for WR Anquan Boldin. The Ravens were reportedly interested in Walter.
Ravens Close to Deal for BoldinSports Illustrated - March 5Peter King reports via Twitter that the Ravens are close to doing a deal for Arizona WR Anquan Boldin.
Patriots Drop Out, Ravens and Chiefs Battling For BoldinNational Football Post - March 5Jamison Hensley Tweeted that it seems the Ravens are battling the Kansas City Cheifs for a trade for WR Anquan Boldin.
Baltimore Leading in Chase for BoldinESPN's Adam Schefter - March 5Schefter reports that the Cardinals are closing in on a deal for Boldin and that the Ravens are the frontrunners.
New England Frontrunner to Land BoldinNational Football Post - March 5In a Tweet from Aaron Wilson, he says that the Patriots are in the lead to trade for Arizona WR Anquan Boldin.
Marshall Expected to be in Seattle SaturdayESPN's Adam Schefter - March 5RFA wide receiver Brandon Marshall is expected to be in Seattle on Saturday in hopes of working out an offer sheet.
Ravens Consider WR Antonio BryantFOXSports.com - March 5Baltimore is in the mix to sign veteran wideout Antonio Bryant, 29, who was limited to 39 catches last year due to injury.
Edwards To Visit SeahawksNational Football Post - March 5After reporting that Dawan Landry was visiting with the Seahawks, reporter Joe Fortenbaugh changed it to UFA defensive end Dwan Edwards.
Bannan Schedules VisitsScout.com - March 5UFA defensive tackle Justin Bannan has set up meetings with the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns.
Kelley Washington Drawing InterestFOX Sports - March 5RFA wide receiver Kelley Washington is getting looks from the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.
Dolphins Have Interest in MasonBaltimore Sun - March 4There is speculation that the Miami Dolphins will show interest in UFA wide receiver Derrick Mason, although Baltimore is still expected to retain him.
Baltimore's Interest in Marshall WaningBaltimore Sun - March 4The Seattle Seahawks appear to be the front-runner in acquiring RFA wide receiver Brandon Marshall as the Ravens' interest has "reportedly declined."
Walter, Boldin Could be Ravens' WR FocusBaltimore Sun - March 4Jamison Hensley reports that the Ravens have shown interest in UFA wideout Kevin Walter and could still be in the trade mix for Arizona WR Anquan Boldin.
Cardinals Only Want a Third-Round Pick for BoldinBaltimore Sun - March 4According to the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi, the Cardinals are willing to trade wide receiver Anquan Boldin for a third-round pick in the 2010 Draft. That's down from a first and third round pick that Arizona demanded last year.
Baltimore Could Be Front-Runner for Marshall
NFL FanHouse - March 3The Denver Broncos gave wide receiver Brandon Marshall just a first-round tender, signifying that the organization is willing to part with Marshall. The Ravens were reportedly interested in aquiring Marshall last offseason and could be leading the race again this year.
Ravens Watching More Film on Kevin Walter?Baltimore Sun - March 3A league source told the Baltimore Sun that the Ravens have been watching "a lot" of film on wide receiver Kevin Walter, who has caught at least 50 passes the past three years for the Houston Texans.
Harbaugh Admits Ravens 'Interested' in T.O.
Baltimore Sun – Feb. 28
Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens have watched tape of Terrell Owens and like him. Harbaugh also added that the Ravens are interested in all players who can make their team better.
Ravens Have Interest in Brian Westbrook?
ProFootballTalk - Feb. 27
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens would have interest in former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook.
Wilson: Cardinals Not Opposed to Talking Trade for Boldin
National Football Post– Feb. 27
The Ravens and Miami Dolphins have been named as the frontrunners of teams who may have interest in trading for Arizona Cardinals wideout Anquan Boldin now that the price of a first-round draft pick may have lowered.
Harbaugh: 'Troy Smith is a Raven'Baltimore Sun – Feb. 28
Despite Troy Smith's agent requesting a trade on Twitter, it doesn't appear the Ravens are looking to deal their back-up quarterback. Coach John Harbaugh said "I see him still with the team."
Harbaugh Confident McGahee Will Be Back
BaltimoreRavens.com– Feb. 27
Coach John Harbaugh said he thinks running back Willis McGahee will both be Ravens in 2010 and could even rush for 1,500 yards. It had been previously rumored that McGahee could be traded.
### RAVENS 2010 FREE AGENTS
Unrestricted Free Agents (players with six or more years' service time at the end of a contract, can be signed elsewhere with no compensation to player's old team)
DT Justin Bannan; DE Dwan Edwards; CB Corey Ivy; WR Derrick Mason; TE L.J. Smith, WR David Tyree; CB Frank Walker; WR Kelley Washington
Restricted Free Agents (players with three, four or five years' service time at the end of a contract, must be tendered offer sheet by March 4, Ravens have seven days to match)
OLB Antwan Barnes; QB John Beck; OLB Prescott Burgess; G/C Chris Chester; WR Mark Clayton; K Billy Cundiff; T Jared Gaither; TE Edgar Jones; P Sam Koch; S Dawan Landry; FB Le'Ron McClain; G/T Tony Moll; QB Troy Smith; T Adam Terry; CB Fabian Washington; WR Demetrius Wiliams; G/T Marshal Yanda
### KEY DATES
Feb. 25: Deadline for clubs to designate franchise and transition players
March 4:Deadline to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents
March 5:Free agency and trading period begins. Trading period expires in mid-October.
April 15: Signing period ends for restricted free agents
April 22-24: Draft, New York
June 1: Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22.
June 1: Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 15: Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year's salary.
July 22: Signing period ends at 4 p.m. for unrestricted free agents who received June 1 tender.