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Late For Work 3/17: Walker Leaving Ravens?

Plus Cowboys may not be interested in Gaither, Dez Bryant stock update and Boldin called best offseason move.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 8:00 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Walker Leaving Ravens?

Unrestricted free agent Frank Walker indicated on his Twitter account last night that he may not be returning to the Ravens’ defensive backfield next season.

“sup twitter word seems as if imma be taking the ravens pics down bc i may be a ___________ its a secret i will let u all know when it inked,” [sic] Walker tweeted.

As of this morning, I haven’t seen any media outlets give clues as to which “secret” team is interested in Walker. There haven’t been any confirmed reports of a visit or an offer, at this point.

(Former?) Ravens teammate and fellow cornerback Fabian Washington seemed surprised when he read Walker’s tweet. He reached out via Twitter to confirm the news.

@FABEWASH31: “@tusk599 im gone kick yo ***. You leaving ya boy,” [sic] Washington tweeted to Walker.

@tusk599: “@FABEWASH31 you know i dont wanna leave the fam and you know i been talking to papa chuck but you know how the game goes my boi…,” [sic] Walker replied.

Walker then left the door open to the possibility of staying in Baltimore by responding to a fans’ disappointed tweet regarding his potential departure.

“@LIKEY5 hopefully i get to stay up there bc i love the guys and my coach is the best ever lol.. u fans have no idea how cool chuck pagano is,” [sic] he said.

If Walker did receive an offer from another team, as an unrestricted free agent he has the autonomy to accept it. The Ravens, of course could try to entice Walker by matching or raising their own offer.

These tweets come more than a month after Walker said he was “100 percent” sure that he would be back in purple in black next season.

“That’s where I want to be,” Walker told baltimoreravens.com in February. “I expect to be back with them. I spoke with Coach [John] Harbaugh and he told me they definitely want me to be back.”

The Ravens’ organization has made no indication whether they will, or already have, extend(ed) a contract offer to the 28-year-old corner.

Cowboys Not Interested in Gaither?

When Jared Gaither was offered a first-round tender at the start of free agency, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun speculated the Dallas Cowboys could be one of four teams that may show interest in the Ravens’ starting left tackle.

Yesterday, two columnists from DallasCowboys.com disagreed, saying the team might go with Doug Free as their starting left tackle of the future.

When a fan asked writer Nick Eatman why the Cowboys haven’t made a move to sign a “potential franchise left tackle” from the Ravens, Eatman explained that giving up a first-round pick wouldn’t make sense for the Cowboys.

“You’re missing the point the Cowboys don’t really want to pay that much money for a left tackle when they are hoping Doug Free can be the answer at a much cheaper price – for now,” Eatman said.

“And I don’t think the Cowboys are going to part ways with a first-round pick again. They did it last year and so far, it hasn’t paid off. I think if the Cowboys decide to cut Adams, they will expect Free to take over this year and maybe draft a young lineman at some point in the draft to groom along as well.”

Dez’ Stock Allegedly Free-Falling

Adam Schefter of ESPN believes Dez Bryant’s pro workout, which has now moved to March 30, will have a huge impact on the Oklahoma State receiver’s draft stock.

“Bryant’s pro day is considered critical to where he will go in the draft,” Schefter said. “NFL teams had hoped to see him run at the scouting combine but a hamstring injury prevented him from doing so. His hamstring is said to be improved and good enough to be able to perform at his newly-scheduled pro day.”

After being suspended for most of the 2009 season, missing workouts at the Combine, and reports indicating a bad work ethic, Pat Kirwan of NFL.com has Bryant falling past the Ravens and landing all the way to the Cowboys at No. 27.

According to Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post, Bryant only scored a 16 on the Wonderlic test. To put that in perspective, here are the top and bottom scores at the position, according to the report.

Wide Receiver Top Scores:
Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas (34)
Michigan State’s Blair White (31)
Notre Dame’s Golden Tate (29)
Clemson’s Jacoby Ford (28)

Wide Receiver Bottom Scores:
Illinois’ Arrelious Benn (11)
California’s Nyan Boateng (14)
West Virginia’s Alric Arnett (14)

Boldin Is The Best Addition of the Offseason

As a follow up to yesterday’s Late For Work, receiver Anquan Boldin did indeed win NFL Total Access’ bracket tournament, declaring him the offseason’s best acquisition (in trades and free agency) so far.

It wasn’t an easy journey.

NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes argued that the No. 4 seeded Antrel Rolle would have a greater impact for the New York Giants. Rod Woodson stood his ground and contented that Boldin (the No. 2 seed) will take the Ravens to an elite level.

“For me, it’s Boldin,” Woodson said. “[He brings] toughness to an offense that is already tough. And he’s bringing it from the outside in, very similar to what Hines Ward does for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I think this pick up for the Baltimore Ravens takes this team to the top of the level of all the teams in the National Football League.”

Host Fran Charles was the tie-breaking vote, electing Boldin the winner. Check out the video.

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