Baltimore Ravens Rumor Mill

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Now that the offseason 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 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 the Ravens. 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.

### RUMORS/NEWS

Ravens Insterested In Another Maryland WR?
National Football Post - April 19
Maryland wide receiver LaQuan Williams, a Baltimore Poly graduate, is visiting the Ravens as a local prospect, reports Aaron Wilson. Fellow UMD wideout Torrey Smith also reportedly came to Owings Mills.

WR Durham Visits Ravens
National Football Post - April 18
Georgia wide receiver Chris Durham, a 6-foot-5, 217-pounder who ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine, has visited the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson. Durham is a rising prospect who also visited six other teams.

S Moore Visits Baltimore
National Football Post - April 15
UCLA safety Rahim Moore visited the Ravens, along with several other teams, reports Aaron Wilson. Moore has been mentored some by current Ravens safety Ed Reed, whom he patterns his ball-hawking game after.

DT Liuget Worked Out For RavensCarroll County Times - April 14Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget has conducted a private workout for the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson. Liuget is a first-rounder who has flown somewhat under the radar.

Baltimore One of WR Gates' Visits
National Football Post - April 13
Abilene Christian wide receiver Edmond Gates visited Baltimore, along with three other cities, according to Aaron Wilson. Gates is one of the draft's fastest players, running a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine.

ILB Wilson Visited Ravens
The Baltimore Sun - April 10
Illinois inside linebacker Martez Wilson, who has standout athleticism, visited Baltimore, according to Jamison Hensley. Wilson is perhaps the draft's top linebacker and expected to be selected in the second round.

Virginia Union OT Mims Visits Ravens
National Football Post - April 9
Small-school prospect David Mims of Virginia Union visted with the Ravens this week, reports Aaron Wilson. Mims is considered a fifth or sixth-round prospect at right tackle.

Pittsburgh DE Sheard Visits RavensCarroll County Times - April 8A productive pass-rusher, Sheard met with the Ravens on Friday. The second-round prospect has seen his stock rise during the scouting process.

Two Tar Heels Come To Owings Mills
Carroll County Times - April 8
North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn and wide receiver Greg Little visited the Ravens on Thursday, reports Aaron Wilson. Quinn is perhaps the top pass-rusher in the draft and projected as a top 10 pick. Little, a physical former running back, is a mid-round prospect.

UCLA LB Akeem Ayers Visits Ravens
Carroll County Times - April 7
UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers, a late first-round prospect, visited the Ravens Thursday, reports Aaron Wilson. Ayers was compared by ESPN's Mel Kiper to current Raven Terrell Suggs.

Richmond CB Works Out For Baltimore
Carroll County Times - April 7
The Ravens are one of two teams to conduct a private workout with Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers, reports Aaron Wilson. Rogers is a late-round prospect who had seven interceptions as a sophomore and adds return experience.

Fastest Prospect Worked Out For Ravens
Carroll County Times - April 7
Aaron Wilson reports that a few weeks ago Ravens Secondary Coach Teryl Austin privately worked out Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who ran a 4.25 at the combine. Van Dyke also talked with the Ravens at the combine and is regarded as a mid- to late-round prospect.

Ravens Meet With WR Moore
Carroll County Times - April 6
The Ravens met with Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore the night before his pro day in Knoxville, Tenn., reports Aaron Wilson. The short-in-stature wideout has boosted his draft stock to the mid rounds after blazing a 4.43 40-yard dash at the combine and 4.37 at his pro day.

Utah State CB Marsh Has Private WorkoutNational Football Post - April 5Baltimore was one of five teams to conduct a private workout with cornerback Curtis Marsh, reports Aaron Wilson. Marsh is seen as a late second of third-round prospect.

Private Workout For RB Williams
Carroll County Times - March 30
The Ravens conducted a private workout with Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, a potential first or second-rounder, reports Aaron Wilson.

Texas LB Acho Scheduled For Interview
Pro Football Talk - March 30
After his pro day workout, Texas pass-rushing linebacker Sam Acho said he has an interview scheduled with the Ravens.

Private Workout Scheduled With Matthews
ESPN - March 30
The Ravens have a private workout scheduled for Wednesday with Oregon middle linebacker Casey Matthews, reports ESPN's James Walker. Matthews, who the Ravens also expressed interest in at the Senior Bowl and combine, will be put through team-specific drills.

Iowa DL Ballard Visits Ravens
Carroll County Times - March 30
Defensive lineman Christian Ballard, who is a late first-round or early second-round prospect, visited the Ravens.

Jimmy Smith Visits BaltimoreCarroll County Times - March 30The physical cornerback had an official visit to the Ravens' training complex, reports Aaron Wilson.

Torrey Smith Meets With Ravens
Carroll County Times - March 30
The Maryland wide receiver visited the Ravens on Tuesday, reported Aaron Wilson. The wideout has been often projected to the Ravens in mock drafts.

DL Wilkerson Enjoys Baltimore Visit
Carroll County Times - March 30
Temple defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson said he had a great visit with the Ravens Tuesday, adding that he would like to become a full-fledged member of the team, reports Aaron Wilson.

Ravens Work Out Arizona Pass-RushersNational Football Post - March 28Baltimore Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano and a linebackers coach are conducting a private workout Monday for Arizona DE/LBs Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore, reports Aaron Wilson. They also had dinner with them Sunday night, the report states.

Texas CB Brown To Work Out For Ravens
National Football Post - March 25
The Ravens are one of seven teams with scheduled visits from Texas cornerback Curtis Brown according to Aaron Wilson. Brown, who played opposite potential first-rounder Aaron Williams, is a mid-round prospect.

Ravens Watch N.C. State LB Irving
National Football Post - March 25
The Ravens attended the pro day of N.C. State inside linebacker Nate Irving, who is a middle-round prospect, reports Aaron Wilson.

Baltimore At Tennessee State Pro Day
National Football Post - March 25
The Ravens witness Tennessee State linebacker Sidney Tarver run a 4.65 40-yard dash at his pro day, reports Aaron Wilson.

Ravens Show Interest In CB Skrine
National Football Post - March 24
The Ravens sent a scout to the pro day of small-school Tennessee-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine, who shined at the combine. Aaron Wilson also reports the Ravens conducted a private workout with Skrine.

RB Ryan Williams Worked Out For Ravens
National Football Post - March 24
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, who is projected as a second or third-day pick, worked out for the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson.

Baltimore Works Out C/G HudsonCarroll County Times - March 23The Ravens are working out Florida State center/guard Rodney Hudson this week, reports Aaron Wilson. He's a two-time winner of the ACC's top offensive lineman award.

Ravens At Iowa Pro Day
NFL.com - March 22
Gil Brandt reports the Ravens had a defensive line coach watching defensive end Adrian Clayborn and a quarterbacks coach watching Ricky Stanzi, who each had good workouts.

Pees Also Set To Meet LB Dent
National Football Post - March 21
In addition to meeting Georgia pass-rusher Justin Houston before his pro day, Ravens linebackers coach Dean Pees is also set to meet with the Bulldogs' inside linebacker Akeem Dent, according to Aaron Wilson. Dent is a late-round prospect.

Private Workout For DL WilkersonNational Football Post - March 21The Ravens and Chiefs have private workouts scheduled with Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, reports Aaron Wilson. Wilkerson is a possible first-round defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end.

Baltimore To Work Out Another OL
National Football Post - March 15
The Ravens are scheduled to have a private workout with Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins on Wednesday, reports Aaron Wilson.

Ravens Will Meet With OLB Houston
National Football Post - March 15
Ravens Linebacks Coach Dean Pees is set to meet outside linebacker Justin Houston, who had 10 sacks last year, before his pro day, reports Aaron Wilson.

Private Workout, Dinner With DE KerriganNational Football Post - March 15Purdue pass-rushing defensive end Ryan Kerrigan will have a private workout with the Ravens under the guidance of coach Ted Monachino. The Ravens will also have dinner with him, reports Aaron Wilson.

RB McGahee Won't Take Pay Cut
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - March 7
Running back Willis McGahee's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, doesn't expect his client to return to Baltimore, reports Omar Kelly. Rosenhaus said McGahee isn't expected to be back unless he's paid his full contract, which is reportedly worth $6 million for 2011.

DT Bannan Would "Love" To Return To RavensBaltimore Sun - March 4Former Ravens defensive tackle Justin Bannan, who was released by the Denver Broncos one year into a five-year deal, said he would "love" to return to Baltimore, reports Jamison Hensley.

CB Wilson Given Tender, Had Preliminary TalksNational Football Post - March 3The Ravens have issued cornerback Josh Wilson a restricted tender and the two sides have had preliminary contract talks. Nothing will happen until there's a new CBA, Aaron Wilson reports.

Ravens Have Preliminary Talks With Carr
National Football Post - March 2
Baltimore has held preliminary talks with pending unrestricted free agent cornerback Chris Carr, Aaron Wilson reports.

Baltimore Met With CB Patrick At Combine
Carroll County Times - March 2
The Ravens were one of 13 teams to meet with Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick at the combine, reports Aaron Wilson. Patrick is seen as a mid-round prospect.

Ravens Assign Tenders To Yanda, Chester
National Football Post - March 2
Baltimore gave guard/center Chris Chester an original second-round tender, reports Aaron Wilson. Yanda received a second-round tender last season.

Ngata Signs Franchise Tender
Carroll County Times - March 2
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to sign his franchise tender, worth $12.476 million, reports Aaron Wilson. Both sides are still committed to completing a long-term deal.

OT Cousins Receives Third-Round Tender
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Offensive lineman Oniel Cousins got an original third-round tender from the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson.

Zibby Gets Original-Round Tender
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Safety Tom Zbikowski has received an original third-round tender, according to Aaron Wilson.

DT Divens Given Low TenderCarroll County Times - Feb. 28Defensive tackle Lamar Divens, who played in two games in 2010, received a low tender, according to Aaron Wilson. Wilson hears the the Ravens are very happy with Divens.

DT Talavou Gets FA Tender
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Defensive tackle Kelly Talavou, who spent the 2010 season on Injured Reserve, was given the right of first refusal restricted free agent tender, reports Aaron Wilson.

WR Smith Receives Low Tender
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Smith got an original-round low tender, reports Aaron Wilson.

S Nakamura Gets Original Tender
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Safety Haruki Nakamura received and original-round tender (6th) worth about $1.2 million, reports Aaron Wilson.

LB Ellerbe Receives Tender From Ravens
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has received his exclusive-rights free agent tender from Baltimore, reports Aaron Wilson.

Ravens Talk To Miami CB Van Dyke
Carroll County Times - Feb. 28
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have talked with Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, who is considered a very late-round prospect.

Baltimore Talks With Running Back
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 27
The Ravens are one of 13 teams to talk to Louisiana State running back Stevan Ridley, who is projected for the fourth round. Ridley's a big back at 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, reports Jamison Hensley.

Ravens Informally Met With Georgia DE Demarcus Dobbs
Carroll County Times - Feb. 27
Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who is very late-round prospect, informally met with the Ravens, reports Aaron Wilson.

Ohio State Safety Met With Ravens
Carroll County Times - Feb. 27
Jermale Hines, a projected fifth-round free safety, met with the Ravens this weekend, Aaron Wilson reports.

Interview Scheduled With Miami CB Harris
BaltimoreRavens.com - Feb. 27
Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, who is projected for the first or second round, said he has an interview scheduled with the Ravens, reports Mike Duffy.

Ravens Met With Florida Safety
Carroll County Times - Feb. 27
Baltimore has met with Florida safety Will Hill, who projects to be a fifth or sixth-round pick, reports Aaron Wilson.

Fresno State OLB Talked To Baltimore
Carroll County Times - Feb. 27
The Ravens met with outside linebacker Chris Carter, who had 11 sacks last season and is projected for the fifth round, reports Aaron Wilson.

Another Terp Talks With Ravens
Carroll County Times - Feb. 27
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have talked with Maryland outside linebacker Adrian Moten, who is projected to be a late-round prospect.

Ravens To Meet With Wisconsin DE/OLB J.J. Watt?
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 26Jamison Hensley reports that Wisconsin defensive end/outside linebacker J.J. Watt will speak to 20 teams at the NFL Scouting Combine and Hensley guesses that Baltimore will be one of them.

Ravens Talked To Boise St. WR Titus Young at Senior BowlCarroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens had spoken with Boise State wide receiver Titus Young at the Senior Bowl last month.

Ravens Meet With So. Arkansas DL Cedric Thornton
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have met with Southern Arkansas defensive lineman Cedric Thornton at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Believed To Interview Missouri DE Aldon Smith
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith has 28 interviews scheduled at the NFL Scouting Combine and he thinks the Ravens are one of them.

Ravens Have Held Preliminary Discussions Regarding Re-Signing G/T Marshal Yanda
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that, according to a League source, the Ravens have had preliminary discussions regarding re-signing offensive lineman Marshal Yanda but that nothing is imminent.

Ravens Informally Speak To ASU DE Ricky Elmore
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that Arizona State defensive end Ricky Elmore said he spoke informally with the Ravens at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Meet With Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens met with Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Meet With VA Tech DL John Graves & Texas DE Sam AchoCarroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have met with Virginia Tech defensive lineman John Graves and Texas defensive end Sam Acho at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Meet With USC OT Tyron Smith
Carroll County Times - Feb. 26Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have met with Southern California offensive tackle Tyron Smith at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Talk To Nebraska WR Niles PaulCarroll County Times - Feb. 25Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have spoken with Nebraska wide receiver Niles Paul at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Talk To Hawaii WR Greg Salas
Carroll County Times - Feb. 25
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have spoken with Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas at the Senior Bowl and again at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Visited Fort Valley State WR Ricardo Lockette
Carroll County Times - Feb. 25
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have visited Fort Valley State WR Ricardo Lockette at his school multiple times.

Ravens To Talk To Pittsburgh WR Jonathon Baldwin
Carroll County Times - Feb. 25
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens will talk with Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathon Baldwin at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Expected To Meet With Maryland WR Torrey SmithBaltimore Sun - Feb. 25Jamison Hensley reports that Baltimore is expected to be among the 18 teams that Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith was meeting with tonight at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Talk To Miami WR Leonard Hankerson
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 25
Jamison Hensley reports that Baltimore was one of ten teams to speak with Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Schedule To Talk To Baylor G Danny WatkinsBaltimore Sun - Feb. 24Jamison Hensley reports that Baltimore is scheduled to talk to Baylor's Danny Watkins -- a 26-year old Canadian fireman considered one of the top guards in the draft -- at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ravens Talk Informally To Penn St. G/C Stefen Wisniewski
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 24
Jamison Hensley reports that Penn State guard/center Stefen Wisniewski said he spoke to Baltimore informally last night at the NFL Scouting Combine. Wisniewski's father Leo was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1982.

Ravens Talk To Mississippi State T Derek Sherrod
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 24
Jamison Hensley reports that Baltimore spoken with another offensive tackle, this time Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod, who is a borderline first-round prospect.

Boston College T Castonzo Talked With Ravens
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 24
Jamison Hensley reports that Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo spoke with the Ravens at the Senior Bowl.

Ravens Meet With Wisconsin T Carimi
Carroll County Times - Feb. 24
Aaron Wilson reports that the Ravens have met with Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi at the NFL Scouting Combine.

[Ravens To Place Fanchise Tag On Ngata
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Jamison Hensley reports that the Ravens are expected to place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and that it will be an expensive one (around 12.5 million).

Ravens Work Out CB HillFOX Sports - Feb. 7Adam Caplan reports that the Ravens worked out free-agent cornerback Reynaldo Hall, who hasn't played since 2008 after four seasons with the Tennessee Titans.

No Truth To Lewis Retirement Rumors
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 4
The Sun seemed to shoot down their own rumors, saying there was no truth to "a lot of rumors" swirling that the Ravens were offering Ray Lewis a financial package to retire.

No Gaither Deal Close
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 3
Jamison Hensley says there's no deal close between Jared Gaither and the Ravens after the organization met with his agent.

Agent, Newsome Meet On Gaither, McGahee, Stallworth
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 3
Mike Preston reports that Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome met with agent Drew Rosenhaus about his multiple Ravens clients, tackle Jared Gaither, running back Willis McGahee and wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.

Ravens Re-sign Koch
Baltimore Sun - Feb. 1
According to reports, the Ravens and punter Sam Koch reached a five-year agreement.

Ravens To Talk Future With Gaither
NFL.com - Jan. 31
The Ravens are scheduled to meet with offensive tackle Jared Gaither to discuss a new contract, a league source told NFL.com's Jason La Canfora. Gaither missed the entire 2010 season due to a back injury.

Ravens Release QB Coach Zorn
ESPN - Jan. 27
Adam Schefter reports that quarterbacks Coach Jim Zorn was released today. Schefter said it wasn't a fit for either side and that Zorn would draw interest from other teams. The Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley said Zorn and Head Coach John Harbaugh had a long meeting this week.

Austin Agrees To Terms As Secondary Coach
NFL Network - Jan. 26
Jason La Canfora reports that Teryl Austin, previously of the Florida Gators, has agreed to terms as secondary coach, replacing Chuck Pagano.

Birk To Play One More Year
National Football Post - Jan. 26
Aaron Wilson reports that Ravens center Matt Birk will contemplate retirement but a source close to Birk expressed confidence that he'll play one more year.

Ravens Expect To Hire Teryl Austin In Secondary
National Football Post - Jan. 25
Aaron Wilson reports that former University of Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is the leading candidate for the Ravens' opening at secondary coach.

Raiders Hire Saunders As Offensive Coordinator
ESPN - Jan. 20
Adam Schefter reports that the Oakland Raiders have hired Ravens Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunders as their offensive coordinator.

Three Ravens Assistant Coaches Staying
Baltimore Sun - Jan. 20
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reports that Quarterbacks Coach Jim Zorn, Running Backs Coach Wilbert Montgomery and Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler will remain with the Ravens after a Thursday meeting with Head Coach John Harbaugh.

Ravens Want To Keep Pees
Baltimore Sun - Jan. 20
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun says he's hearing that the Ravens want to keep Linebackers Coach Dean Pees. Pees is under contract, so the Ravens can deny any interview request unless it's for a head coaching position.

Eagles Haven't Requested Permission For Pees
Philadelphia Daily News - Jan. 20
Les Bowen is hearing that the Philadelphia Eagles haven't asked to speak with Pees and haven't been granted permission.

Eagles Request Permission To Interview PeesESPN - Jan. 20Adam Schefter is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have requested permission to interview Pees.

Saunders Expected To Join RaidersESPN - Jan. 19Adam Schefter reports that Ravens Senior Offensive Consultant Al Saunders is expected to join the Oakland Raiders, probably as their offensive coordinator, soon. The Ravens granted Oakland permission to interview Saunders.

Zorn A Candidate For Seahawks OpeningESPN - Jan. 19Adam Schefter was informed by a league source that Ravens Quarterbacks Coach Jim Zorn is a candidate for the offensive coordinator opening in Seattle after the team fired Jeremy Bates. Zorn was formerly a quarterbacks coach in Seattle.

Zorn Not A Candidate For Browns JobThe Plain-Dealer - Jan. 18Mary Kay Cabot reports that Zorn is not a candidate for Cleveland's offensive coordinator position at this time.

Zorn Could Land In Cleveland As OC
News-Herald - Jan. 17
League sources tell Jeff Schudel that Zorn could be the Cleveland Browns' next offensive coordinator under new Head Coach Pat Shurmur. Zorn would be reuniting with Browns Team President Mike Holmgren, whom he coached with in Seattle.

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