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Free Agency - Who's Left for Offense?


The Ravens made a trifecta of moves during the first week of free agency, signing cornerback Domonique Foxworth, center Matt Birk and linebacker Ray Lewis.

But that doesn't mean general manager **Ozzie Newsome** is finished dealing. After the first few days of flurried movement, there are many more players remaining on the open market that could give a team any boost.

Round 2 of free agency is still going on, and there are several more areas where the Ravens could add depth, whether that is in free agency or the draft.

With an eye trained intently on league movements, here is a look at some of the top offensive candidates left:


Byron Leftwich - He showed that he could step up and play last year in brief action for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Leftwich, who has previous starting experience, completed 21 of 36 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in 2008.

**Kyle Boller** - While fans in Baltimore might be down on Boller, the fact remains that he has 42 career starts and is still young at 27. Boller's big arm and potential in a new system could be intriguing for teams.

J.P. Losman - A new situation could be good for this former first-round draft pick. Losman is one of those athletic gunslingers that can come in and give a team a spark, but probably just as a No. 2 guy at this point.

Running Backs

DeShaun Foster - At 6-feet, 222 pounds, Foster can be a good complementary back for a club with a speedster in their backfield. Foster may be 29, but he was used sparingly last year, as Frank Gore carried the bulk of the load for the 49ers.

Rudi Johnson - The former Cincinnati Bengals feature back spent 2008 in Detroit and lost a starting job to Kevin Smith. But, when a seasoned veteran comes off a down year, sometimes they can come back stronger.


Marvin Harrison - He is a 13-year veteran, but Harrison has always delivered throughout his career. The former Indianapolis Colt could be a perfect second target, if only for his incredible hands and ability to make the catch. There has been talk of alligator arms when going through traffic in recent years.

D.J. Hackett - Hackett is young (27), which could make him attractive to teams. The Panthers didn't really use him much last season, but he wasn't really healthy. The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder has shown flashes, however.

Reggie Williams - Williams is one of the biggest receivers out there at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds. The former Jacksonville Jaguar is a great threat in the red zone. He will also have a lot to prove after he was a first-round pick in 2004 and hasn't produced yet.

Tight Ends

L.J. Smith - In Philadelphia for the past six seasons, Smith emerged as a talented pass-catcher but leaves much to be desired blocking in the run game. He has 15 career touchdowns and has caught 194 balls for 2,227 yards.

**Daniel Wilcox** - Wilcox is great option if a team wants a complete package. A former college wideout, he has sure hands, but was asked to block more for the Ravens last year while battling a rash of injuries. But as readers of his blog on know, he is the consummate locker room guy.

Offensive Linemen

Duke Preston - If a team wants a versatile center-guard, Preston would be a great pickup. He's started 20 games over a four-year career, including 11 last season for the Buffalo Bills. Those switch-hitting interior linemen are valuable.

Khalif Barnes - Barnes has been the Jaguars' starting left tackle since 2005. Then they let him walk away to free agency. Puzzling. Still, he is only 25 and is drumming up interest from multiple teams. If nothing else, he can substitute in a pinch.

Kendall Simmons - Simmons is in a tough position. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the first round in 2002, and he's been a their starter at right guard ever since. Then, he tore his ACL four games into the 2008 campaign. He'll have to prove he can recover from that surgery.

John St. Clair - The Chicago Bears are reportedly still in talks to re-sign the tough tackle. He can play multiple positions on the line, and the Bears were hoping St. Clair could step in for John Tait, who is expected to retire.

Mike Goff - An 11-year veteran, Goff has produced for years for the San Diego Chargers, helping LaDainian Tomlinson set records. Goff has started every game for San Diego since 2004. He is 33, but that's not too bad in linemen years.

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