EIGHT EX-RAVENS REMAINING IN LIMBO
By Joe Platania
With the draft in the rearview mirror, the Ravens and the other 31 NFL teams now turn their attention to rookie minicamps and organized team activity practices.
Baltimore's three-day rookie camp will run this weekend, May 3-5, at the team's Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.
That means that, for the most part, every team's remaining unrestricted free agents and cast-aside waiver-wire players are finding that their hopes of finding a job next season are dwindling fast.
The saving grace for former Ravens such as nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu, tight end Billy Bajema and others (see the "status unresolved" classification for each AFC North Division team below) is that teams can gain salary-cap room by releasing players after June 1 before addressing other areas of need.
After that, most players are going to have to wait until training-camp cuts are made in late August before latching on with a team just before the season begins.
A player that came to the Ravens in just such a fashion was left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who now finds himself on the other end of that equation.
McKinnie, who played out a one-year deal in 2012 and didn't consistently get on the field until the offensive line got re-shuffled for the playoff/Super Bowl run, has drawn interest from the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers.
The Bears' interest waned when they signed former Towson University tackle and New Orleans Super Bowl winner Jermon Bushrod. Miami had McKinnie in for a workout and physical, and the Chargers -- who launched a preliminary inquiry before the draft -- could do the same.
Of the eight remaining unattached former Ravens, guard Bobbie Williams and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo were released following the team's Super Bowl win, while the other six players had completed the terms of their most recent contract.
Here is the current status of player movement around the AFC North Division, as of 8 p.m. April 30. An explanation of how the chart works appears at the end of this article.
Free agents lost: SS Bernard Pollard (Tennessee), FS Ed Reed (Houston), CB Cary Williams (Philadelphia), LB Dannell Ellerbe (Miami), LB Paul Kruger (Cleveland), WR Anquan Boldin (San Francisco, via trade), QB Dennis Dixon (Philadelphia)
Free agents signed: QB Caleb Hanie (Denver), LB Rolando McClain (Oakland), FS Michael Huff (Oakland), LB Elvis Dumervil (Denver), DE Marcus Spears (Dallas), DT Chris Canty (New York Giants)
Re-signed: QB Joe Flacco, G/T Ramon Harewood, S James Ihedigbo, CB Chris Johnson, WR/RS David Reed, LS Morgan Cox, RB Damien Berry, DE Arthur Jones, LB Albert McClellan, RB Anthony Allen, LB Bryan Hall, LB Josh Bynes, LB Adrian Hamilton, TE Dennis Pitta (tendered), TE Ed Dickson (tendered), S Emanuel Cook (tendered), RB Bobby Rainey (tendered), S Omar Brown (tendered), S Anthony Levine (tendered)
Status unresolved: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, G Bobbie Williams, T Bryant McKinnie, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, TE Billy Bajema, LB Ricky Brown, S Sean Considine, DT Ryan McBean
Retired: LB Ray Lewis, C Matt Birk
Free agents lost: FB Brian Leonard (Tampa Bay), LB Dan Skuta (San Francisco), DT Pat Sims (Oakland), K Josh Brown (New York Giants), LB Manny Lawson (Buffalo), QB Bruce Gradkowski (Pittsburgh), DT Nick Hayden (Dallas)
Free agents signed: LB James Harrison (Pittsburgh), TE Alex Smith (Cleveland), G Mike Pollak (Carolina), QB John Skelton (Arizona), QB Josh Johnson (Cleveland), LB Aaron Maybin (New York Jets)
Re-signed: T Andre Smith, RB Bernard Scott, CB Terence Newman, T Dennis Roland, WR Brandon Tate, TE Richard Quinn, CB Adam Jones, DE Michael Johnson (franchise tag), LB Rey Maualuga, K Mike Nugent, TE Clark Harris, RB Cedric Peerman, WR Andrew Hawkins, DE Wallace Gilberry, DE Robert Geathers, LB Vincent Rey, P Kevin Huber, DB Jeromy Miles
Status unresolved: CB Jason Allen, LB Thomas Howard, CB Chris Crocker, CB Nate Clements
Free agents lost: LB James Harrison (Cincinnati), S Ryan Mundy (New York Giants), CB Will Allen (Dallas), T Willie Colon (New York Jets), CB Keenan Lewis (New Orleans), RB Rashard Mendenhall (Arizona), WR Mike Wallace (Miami)
Free agents signed: TE Matt Spaeth (Chicago), CB William Gay (Arizona), QB Bruce Gradkowski (Cincinnati), QB John Parker Wilson (Jacksonville)
Re-signed: C/LS Greg Warren, TE/FB David Johnson, LB Larry Foote, WR Plaxico Burress, G Ramon Foster, RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB Stevenson Sylvester, CB Justin King, DL Steve McLendon, RB Isaac Redman
Status unresolved: QB Byron Leftwich, QB Charlie Batch, RB Baron Batch, RB Chris Rainey, TE Leonard Pope, G Doug Legursky, T Max Starks, NT Casey Hampton, LB Brandon Johnson, DB Demarcus Van Dyke, P Jeremy Kapinos
Free agents lost: LB Scott Fujita (New Orleans, subsequently retired), TE Alex Smith (Cincinnati), LB Emmanuel Acho (Philadelphia, via trade), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Jacksonville), S Usama Young (Oakland), QB Colt McCoy (San Francisco, via trade), QB Josh Johnson (Cincinnati), TE Ben Watson (New Orleans), K Phil Dawson (San Francisco), LB Marcus Benard (New England), LB Kaluka Maiava (Oakland), DE Frostee Rucker (Arizona)
Free agents signed: WR Davone Bess (Miami, via trade), WR David Nelson (Buffalo), K Shayne Graham (Houston), RB Dion Lewis (Philadelphia, via trade), QB Jason Campbell (Chicago), CB Kevin Barnes (Detroit), TE Kellen Davis (Chicago), LB Quentin Groves (Arizona), DT Desmond Bryant (Oakland), LB Paul Kruger (Baltimore), TE Gary Barnidge (Carolina), DB Chris Owens (Atlanta), LB Ryan Rau (Philadelphia)
Re-signed: RB Chris Ogbonnaya, WR/RS Josh Cribbs, WR Jordan Norwood, LB Christian Yount
Status unresolved: LB Chris Gocong, RB Brandon Jackson, RB Eddie Williams, DL Emmanuel Stephens, DL Juqua Parker, DL Auston English, CB Sheldon Brown, CB Ray Ventrone, P Reggie Hodges
The PressBox AFC North Division player movement list is derived from Rotoworld.com's look at players whose contracts will expire when the league signing period began.
The teams' lists of unrestricted and restricted free agents are thought to be complete, but other roster moves involving lesser-known exclusive-rights free agents may not be reflected here. As transactions involving such players become known, they will be included.
Also, players that are released and become street free agents -- the so-called "salary cap dumps" -- will be added to the lists as needed under the "status unresolved" heading.
Restricted and exclusive-rights free agents will be listed as having "re-signed" after receiving tender offers from their clubs, even though those tenders may not have been signed. A tender offer usually means a team is intent on keeping that player on its roster, although it is sometimes used to gauge interest from other clubs.
Draft picks, on most occasions, are commensurate with where the free agent in question was originally selected, and what a team can expect in return if it loses a restricted free agent.
Or, a team can perform an NBA-style sign-and-trade transaction, putting the restricted free agent's name on a new contract and sending him to another club.
All tendered restricted and exclusive-rights free agents will be indicated as such. If any of those players departs for another team, his name will be moved from the "re-signed" classification to the "free agents lost" category. If they re-sign with their most recent team, they will remain in the "re-signed' classification with the "tendered" tag removed.
The deadline for offer sheets to be extended to restricted free agents on other teams was April 19. The player's old club then had seven days to match the offer, or the offering club immediately assumes his rights.
Players will sometimes change teams because they were placed on waivers and signed by other teams. Those moves are also reflected here, because any unattached player with NFL experience is, technically, a free agent. Several transactions of that type took place before the league year and free-agent signing period began.
Players lost or acquired via trades will also be noted as such.
This chart will appear on the "Ravens Report" blog throughout the offseason with updated information.
Posted May 1, 2013