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Ample Opportunity To Trade Gaither
Even though he was tendered with a first-round draft pick, the Ravens may be willing to part ways with left tackle Jared Gaither for a high second-round pick.
“I’m told from multiple sources in the Ravens’ organization that, ‘Look, if someone came forward with a high second-round pick, that would get your foot in the door, maybe both feet in the door,’ NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said yesterday. “There’s ample opportunity to trade this guy.”
La Canfora particularly pointed to the Washington Redskins as a team that could make a move for Gaither with their second-round pick, especially if they pass on an offensive tackle with the No. 4 overall selection.
“You’ve got to remember [Gaither] played right under [the Redskins'] nose at College Park,” La Canfora added.
“The Ravens got him for just a 5th-round supplemental pick. That second-round pick of theirs would be pretty attractive to the Ravens, considering how high it is.”
The Redskins could use their first-round pick at the quarterback position. Yesterday, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford impressed just about everyone in attendance at his pro day workout and could be an option for the Redskins if the Rams, Lions and Bucs pass him by.
That may be an unlikely scenario, however, so the Redskins could also look to Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen or Texas’ Colt McCoy.
Many pundits believe there is big-time talent available at the tackle position in this year’s Draft. Teams with a void at that position, including the Redskins, may decide to take a chance in the Draft rather than trade for Gaither. Only time will tell.
With all the buzz surrounding the Ravens and their reported tinkering with the free-agent kicker market, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun confirmed that the team has not contacted former Ravens kicker Matt Stover.
Stover is a free agent after suiting up for the Indianapolis Colts’ and their Super Bowl run last season.
Instead, the Ravens have been linked to Shayne Graham and Neil Rackers. According to the Sun, the Ravens are leaning toward Graham.
Last week, Harbaugh said he would like to bring in competition for Billy Cundiff, who finished the season as the Ravens kicker and was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goal attempts in the playoffs.
“We’re going to bring the very best kicker on board that we can,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not that we don’t think Billy can do it, because I’m confident that Billy can do it. We’re not averse to bringing in competition and letting guys battle it out. If we’re able to do that, we’re going to do that.”
McGahee Still A Starter-Quality Back
Running back Willis McGahee participated in a Q&A with profootball24x7.com, and said that while he may not be in a featured role next year, he will prepare just as hard to help the Ravens win a Super Bowl.
Here is a snippet of the interview:
Tony Lombardi: You’ve been a featured back your entire life. Do you prepare any differently mentally and/or physically in a non-featured role?
Willis McGahee: Not at all…my goal is to always give a hundred percent no matter what…on the field and off.
Tony Lombardi: The offseason is filled with trade rumors and your name has come up often because you are still viewed as a starting running back with gas left in the tank. What does Willis McGahee want for the 2010 season?
Willis McGahee: Well, I have no doubts I still have gas left in the tank. I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been. I know that inside I am still a starter-quality back without question. I just want to play and help my team get to a Super Bowl in whatever capacity I can.
Tuihalamaka, Williams Visited Ravens
University of Arizona linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka visited the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. He also reported Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams visited the Ravens yesterday.
Tuihalamaka, believed to be a late-round NFL draft prospect, is a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder who started all 13 games and tallied 72 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles for losses and an interception.
“For this second, I would say [Redding's] a natural first guy off the bench,” Williams said. “Redding can be a big end on running downs and move inside on passing downs. He’ll play hard.
“I’m not a huge believer that Pryce is there for the long haul. His athletic ability and all his dynamic qualities are declining. Pryce had injury problems in the past, too. So who’s to say you can count on him? But with both players at their best at this stage of their careers, I would take Pryce. But Redding is awfully good insurance.”
More trouble for Steelers? A Florida woman is suing Pittsburgh Steeler Santonio Holmes, saying he attacked her in an Orlando nightclub, according to the Associate Press.
Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga said that his time in rehab has changed his life and asked teammates for a chance to re-earn their trust following an offseason arrest for a DUI, according to ESPN.
“I think unless the networks stamp their feet quite a bit, the new overtime reform will pass for the regular season when NFL owners meet in Dallas in May,” said SI.com’s Peter King.