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Late For Work 9/20: Even Pereira Said Penalty Was Wrong Call

Plus the Willis McGahee trade rumors persist and Ravens working on 1-year deal with Kindle.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 9:01 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Even Pereira Said Penalty Was Wrong Call

Oh snap! Even Mike Pereira, the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating from 2004-09, believes that the roughing the passer penalty against linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs was incorrect.

In the video below, Pereira breaks the play down and explains why Suggs’ tackle appeared legal.

“I think the call is incorrect,” Pereira said. “It’s a judgment call that the referee has to make but you’ve got to let players tackle the quarterback.”

Pereira emphasized that it was a “huge call” because it gave Cincinnati a first down on a drive that ended with the eventual game-winning field goal.

“Big call in a big part of the game that had a big factor in the outcome,” he said.

Schefter Reignites Willis Trade Rumors

We’re heading into the third week of the season, and the running back Willis McGahee trade rumors persist.

This time Adam Schefter stirred the pot during ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” a couple hours before the start of yesterday’s Ravens-Bengals matchup.

It all started when Schefter said the Green Bay Packers were interested in Bills running back Marshawn Lynch after losing their own starting back, Ryan Grant, to an ankle injury for the season.

Continuing on, the ESPN analyst said McGahee would be another option for the Packers because the Ravens are offering him to “anyone” for a draft pick. Schefter did not specify how high the pick would have to be.

In August, Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley speculated that the Ravens’ growing confidence in Jalen Parmele was one reason the team would be willing to part with McGahee.

“McGahee’s salary — $3.6 million in what will surely be the last year of his deal — also makes McGahee a trade candidate, but tougher to move,” added  ProFootballTalk.com’s Gregg Rosenthal last month.

McGahee is carrying on as usual. In fact, McGahee is doing his part in promoting a “blackout” (benefiting his foundation) by asking fans to flood M&T Bank Stadium with black towels and black t-shirts, per The Sun.

Kindle Working On One-Year Deal; Failed Physical

In the same ESPN Countdown show, Schefter revealed more Ravens news. He said Sergio Kindle, the team’s top 2010 draft pick who remains unsigned, is negotiating a contract with the Ravens.

Per Schefter, the talks are focusing on a one-year deal. PFT.com is reporting the signing could happen as soon as today – a one-year, $320,000 offer that every team is required to tender to every draft pick.

Kindle is still recovering from a head injury he suffered days before the start of training camp when he fell down two flights of stairs.

“Last week, Kindle flunked a physical with the Ravens when doctors detected he struggled with his balance and reactions,” Schefter explained. “No one knows when he will be able to return and, in the interim, Kindle has returned to Dallas.”

If the two sides can come to an agreement, Kindle will then be allowed to return to the Ravens’ facility where team trainers could oversee his rehab, but Head Coach John Harbaugh said on Friday that Kindle’s chances of playing this year are “slim.”

More Ray Rice, Please

Writing for CSNBaltimore.com, John Eisenberg said it’s time for the Ravens to ask themselves a question, “What kind of an offense do we want to be?”

Eisenberg said running back Ray Rice seemed like an “afterthought” throughout a game in which Flacco was clearly struggling and Rice was excelling. Ironically last week against the Jets, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron didn’t forget Rice even though the running back only had 50 rushing yards on 34 carries.

“The Ravens tried to pass their way to victory against the Cincinnati Bengals [Sunday], hardly surprising given the time and effort spent on upgrading the team’s receiving corps during the offseason,” Eisenberg wrote.

“But they shouldn’t have forgotten about their running game.”

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