Sunday, May 29, 2005

Mo' Money

With out a doubt, Ray Lewis is the best at his position and is worth every penny of money they give to him, but just recently, Lewis said he wanted a $50 million dollar signing bonus. Sorry Ray that is just being a little greedy there.

The Ravens still have to re-sign other key players such as tight end Todd Heap, break-out safety Ed Reed, and running back Jamal Lewis. Does Ray Lewis really need a $50 million dollar signing bonus? That is just too much money. He is one of the best and dominates always, but what ever happen to taking one for the team. And why can’t he be happy with the money he has?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Desicion Time

What is a team supposed to do with a player who has some troubled history that follows him? Well that is the case with Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis. Lewis will be a free agent at the end of the 2005-06 season.

The question in the front office that stands is whether to give Lewis a contract extension, which could be a risk or play it safe by throwing a franchise tag on him. I just don’t know if Lewis is worth a singing bonus that the team could use on rookie draft picks or a free agent next year.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Linebacker Shuffle

The team waived Pro Bowl OLB Peter Boulware, a move not totally unexpected. Boulware was expected to make around $6 million in 2005, but didn't play last season because of knee and toe injuries. The Ravens didn't believe he could recover 100 percent. They tried to restructure his contract and apparently wanted to make him a situational player, but Boulware wanted to play full time for another team.

The move puts additional pressure on Adalius Thomas and rookie Dan Cody. Thomas was expected to play on running situations, but he'll now become full time. The game plan for Cody was to bring him along slowly, but the pace has to quicken now because the Ravens need a pass rusher to complement Terrell Suggs on the other side. Look for Cody to become the third down pass rushing specialist by the middle of the season.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

As Expected

Clayton performed like an old pro at the Ravens rookie camp. His routes were crisp and he caught every pass thrown to him. He got in and out of breaks and cuts with relative ease. Of course, he was competing against other rookies, but it was still an impressive start. Clayton did have a slight hamstring pull, but nothing that concerned the Ravens.

At this time of season, rookies are still going through an adjustment in their training regiments. They really have rested their bodies since they began training for their last season in college. The Ravens expect him to participate in several offseason minicamps, and to be at full tilt during training camp.