Late for Work 2/12: Possible Market for McGahee

Plus the latest on Torry Holt, Antonio Bryant and Brandon Marshall.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 9:20 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Possible Market for McGahee

In the coming months, Ravens brass could approach the situation with its two star running backs, Willis McGahee and Ray Rice, the same way the San Diego Chargers dealt with veteran LaDainian Tomlinson and young, emerging star Darren Sproles in 2009.

In order to remain in Baltimore, ESPN’s Rumor Central speculates McGahee may have to do what Tomlinson did last offseason and re-work his contract to better suit a diminished role as a No. 2 running back behind Rice.

But McGahee may be unwilling to restructure a deal if he believes he can still be a starter on an NFL team with compensation to match. There are teams that could use a McGahee-caliber back.

Even if the Ravens and McGahee were to re-work his contract, which extends through 2013 and is set to pay out a reported $3.6 million in 2010, it could be just a short-term fix.

Again, Tomlinson and the Chargers provide a glimpse into the future. Fast forward one year after restructuring his deal, the certain Hall of Famer said he believes he has played his last game as a Charger and has thought for a while he would be let go by San Diego.

Instead of a short-term patch, it may be best to cut ties now and allow the Ravens to concentrate on more pressing needs while McGahee attempts to find a starting gig elsewhere.

ESPN notes teams such as the Texans, Chargers and Lions could show some interest, but what package would have to be sent back to the Ravens in exchange is still unknown.

Wide Receiver Movement

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Torry Holt was released, according to the Jacksonville Jaguars team Twitter account.

Holt caught 51 passes for 722 yards and didn’t notch a single score in 2009. Each was a career-low for the 11-year veteran.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Bucs officials decided not to use the franchise tag on receiver Antonio Bryant, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

It would cost more than $10 million guaranteed to tag Bryant, 28, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Bryant struggled to recover from knee surgery in 2009 and only had 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games (11 starts).

Teams who believe Bryant will overcome his knee health issues and return to his 2008 production level (83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns) may show interest when he tests the market in March.

Marshall to the Patriots?

ESPN’s John Clayton believes it would make sense to team up Denver wide receiver Brandon Marshall with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“He’s perfect for the Patriots’ offense and would add excitement to the division,” Clayton said. “Julian Edelman should develop into a nice slot receiver. I don’t know if he will be as good as Welker, but he can be very effective.”

But Denver Post’s Dave Krieger has an alternative proposal.

Krieger says that if Marshall has been misbehaving solely because he is underpaid, then the Broncos should offer a one-year deal at his market value to test his attitude. Is it worth a one-year risk even if he still acts up? Yes, according to Krieger.

Tuohys to Write Book

Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Tennessee couple who adopted the eventual Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher, will write a new book about the power of giving, according to the New York Times.

The couple’s story of adopting Oher has already been told in the Michael Lewis book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” as well as in the hit movie “The Blind Side.”

On Thursday the publisher Henry Holt and Company said it had acquired the rights to the book, which is still untitled, and is planned for a summer release.

Quick Hits

  • The Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals are both bidding on wide receiver Matt Jones, who didn’t play in the NFL last year, according to Yahoo! Sports. RavensInsider Aaron Wilson tweeted the Ravens are extremely unlikely to pursue Jones as they weren’t impressed when they looked at him last year.
  • Former Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones worked out for the Bengals on Thursday, according to ESPN.
  • The Arena Football League entered into a new telecast partnership with the NFL Network, the league announced Thursday.
  • The majority owners of the St. Louis Rams have reached an agreement to sell the team to an Illinois businessman, Shahid Khan, who doesn’t want to move the team, according to the Associated Press.

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