Late For Work 2/4: Newsome, Rosenhaus Met On 3 Clients

Plus Eisenberg says Willis needs to take pay cut and Ravens should throw money at McClain.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 9:05 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Newsome, Rosenhaus Met On Three Clients

It was already reported that the Ravens met with tackle Jared Gaither Wednesday to discuss a new contract (no deal is imminent following the meeting).

Turns out, when Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome spoke with Gaither’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, they also discussed running back Willis McGahee and receiver Donte’ Stallworth, according to The Baltimore Sun. Rosenhaus represents all three players.

“When an agent has multiple clients they like to sit down, and talk about them, usually early in the offseason,” Newsome told The Sun. “In some cases, like with our kickers, their agents called and we told them we’d like to get something done early. In other cases, we just have to wait and be patient.”

Details of the meeting regarding McGahee and Stallworth are unknown.

Stallworth is an unrestricted free agent, after signing a one-year deal with the Ravens last offseason. He finished the year with two receptions and five carries for a combined 127 yards.

In January, Stallworth was asked if he needed a larger role on offense to return to the Ravens.
 
“That would be something that would be [a] heavy [factor] with whatever happens with next year,” Stallworth said. “I just want to play. I didn’t get many opportunities this year, but hopefully next year, with whatever happens, it will be a different story.”
 
McGahee has one year remaining on his contract, but CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg doesn’t think the Ravens’ backup running back will return next year “unless he’s willing to take a substantial pay cut.”

“Willis McGahee has also seen his opportunities decline – precipitously in his case – because of [Ray] Rice’s rise,” wrote Eisenberg. “Frankly, McGahee was a luxury this season, a costly forced fit.”

McGahee’s carries – and money – could go toward fullback Le’Ron McClain…

Eisenberg: Ravens Should Throw A Little Money At McClain

Arguing that McClain is the embodiment of the phrase “Play Like A Raven,” Eisenberg believes the Ravens need to find a way to bring back the restricted free agent (under the 2010 rules).

“[The Ravens] could stand to throw a little money at McClain, one of the players who makes the Ravens the Ravens, if you will,” Eisenberg wrote. “Among the team’s many pending free agents, both restricted and unrestricted, he should be a high priority.”

The 260-pound bruiser has made the Pro Bowl twice in his four-year NFL career and “would have no trouble finding work.”

That’s why the CSN writer proposes Baltimore gives McClain what he wants – more carries. It’s a desire the fullback has made very clear through his Twitter campaign, “McClain 4 RB.”

“McClain could get McGahee’s carries and more,” Eisenberg wrote. “He would be an effective change of pace from Rice, more effective than McGahee with his drastically different style. And Rice could stand a few less touches after carrying such a heavy load the past two seasons. He needs to be preserved.

“Meanwhile, the options for replacing McClain aren’t especially attractive – decent players but none with his ability.”

Union Disputes Use of Franchise Tag

Ever since the league informed teams they can use their franchise tag beginning Feb. 10 until Feb. 24, multiple reports have indicated the Ravens will tag defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

The move would prevent Ngata from becoming an unrestricted free agent by offering him a one-year contract that’s worth 120 percent of his salary from the season before or the average of the five highest-paid players at his position, whichever is greater.

But the NFL Players Association disputes the league’s stance on using the designation under the 2010 rules. Per NFL.com, the union sent a letter to agents Thursday, telling them the NFL is wrong to use the tag because the 2011 season doesn’t fall under the current CBA.

"Our position is that you can franchise anyone you want, by whatever date you want, but if there is no CBA, the franchise tags will be meaningless," NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said.

"The NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011."

In response, league spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail to The Associated Press: "We are still operating under the current agreement. … Franchise tags are always made before the start of the next league year. This is consistent with past seasons."

Despite the disagreement, National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says the Ravens still “fully expect” to tag Ngata.

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