Notes: Rolle Return Still Possible?


As the Ravens continue their preparations for the 2009 NFL Draft, general manager **Ozzie Newsome** said the team may not be finished making moves in free agency.

"We still have some active deals going on right now," Newsome said during Wednesday's pre-draft luncheon. "Someone could accept a deal while I'm sitting in here talking to you all. The first person I could see is **Pat [Moriarty**, vice president of football administration], and he could have a smile on his face."

But, when asked about such moves in the press conference, it was unclear whether those plans would include former Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle.

The team released Rolle last month after he requested to be released.

The Ravens signed cornerback **Domonique Foxworth** to replace Rolle as the starter and also inked **Chris Carr** to compete for the top nickel back spot.

Newsome explained he is currently "involved in some discussions with Samari, number one, and his agents."

According to Newsome, both sides had a deep conversation two weeks ago, when Rolle came to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md., to visit with the GM and head coach **John Harbaugh**.

"He came in and sat down and talked with us and expressed some things to us, and we were able to express some things back to him," Newsome stated. "It broke a lot of barriers. And I know what his feelings about the Baltimore Ravens are right now, today, based on that meeting."

Rolle started 10 games for Baltimore last season, totaling 27 tackles, 13 passes defensed and three interceptions.

Newsome also said he is planning on returning a call to fullback **Lorenzo Neal**, who played only one season in Charm City.

Neal, 38, had previously expressed his interest to return to football for a 17th campaign.

"I know I can still play, and I feel like I can still play at a high level for a few more seasons," Neal recently told The Carroll County Times. "I would love to be a Baltimore Raven again. I spoke to the coaches after my exit physical and I had a good conversation with Steve Bisciotti, and they said they appreciated what I brought to the team in terms of leadership and intangibles."

"I don't know what the nature of that call is about," Newsome explained. "I know he did talk about what he would like to do when his football career is over, so I don't know what his plans are, but I will return his phone call within the next 48 hours. I'm going to give myself a little time to do it."

Meanwhile, there is still a possibility of signing seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace, a 12-year veteran of the St. Louis Rams.

Pace recently visited the Chicago Bears, who are actively pursuing him, multiple media outlets have reported.

"Yes, that opportunity, it could happen," Newsome simply stated.

Maybe Stover

The door is not closed in Baltimore for longtime kicker **Matt Stover**, even though the Ravens feel confident in **Steve Hauschka**.

"As I've been quoted, we have not removed Stover from our mind," said Newsome. "If the situation doesn't work itself out where he ends up on another team, and we get into training camp or something like that and we have no one else, we know what Matt Stover can do, and that marriage can continue."

Hauschka, an undrafted free agent, spent the first part of his rookie season on the practice squad and was elevated to the active roster midway through the year as a kickoff specialist.

He also displayed his strong leg by booting a 54-yard field goal against the Houston Texans.

The Ravens now want to see what Hauschka can do as a full-time kicker.

"We have Hauschka here, and we got him for a reason," Newsome said. "We carried him on the 53 [-man roster in 2008]. He hit that big field goal for us, and he kicked off for us."

But, Newsome also explained that he will lean on Harbaugh, who has an extensive special teams background, special teams coordinator **Jerry Rosburg** and assistant **Marwan Maalouf** to school Hauschka and perhaps find another kicker to compete.

"If I could ever lean on somebody to bail me out of a situation, I'm looking right there at John Harbaugh," he said with a laugh.


The Ravens do not have any scheduled visits for former Rams wideout Torry Holt. … Baltimore is ranked second in the NFL with 60.8 percent of its drafted players on a 2008 roster, behind the New York Jets' 62.5 percentage. ... Even though this is only Harbaugh's second draft with Newsome and the Ravens' personnel staff, the coach doesn't think he'll be any more demonstrative on selection weekend. "If I was more vocal in the room, they'd probably throw me out of the room," Harbaugh said. "That wasn't a problem last year."

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