Late For Work 2/21: Ravens Interested In Sanders Or Holmes?

Plus charges against D. Reed were resolved and McClain didn’t ask Cam for more carries.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 9:03 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ravens Interested In Adding Another Defensive Player Of Year?

Not much safety in being a safety,” wrote ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Of course Schefter was referring to the fact that three NFL starting safeties were cut by their respective teams Friday: Colts’ Bob Sanders, Texans’ Eugene Wilson and Rams’ O.J. Atogwe.

Soon after news broke that Sanders, the 2007 defensive player of the year, was on the market, Ravens fans started envisioning him playing next to the 2004 defensive player of the year Ed Reed.  On paper, they would be the most gifted safety duo in the NFL.

Sanders is available to sign right now, even without a new collective bargaining agreement, because he was released.

But MASN’s Dan Kolko doesn’t see it happening. Sanders has tremendous talent, but his skills are overshadowed by his chronic susceptibility to injury.

“The Ravens already have a veteran safety who has battled injuries and has an uncertain future,” wrote Kolko. “They don’t need to add Sanders, giving them two brittle guys on the back end who might not be around much longer.

“Reed and Sanders would make a great tandem in Madden. At this point, it wouldn’t make much sense in real life.”

Sanders’ talent can’t erase the fact he’s only played in nine games over the past three seasons and missed 39.

According to reports, Sanders was due a $5.5 million base salary in 2011.

 ”He plays the game with reckless abandon and has an undersized, stocky frame,” wrote National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson. “And Sanders’ body hasn’t been able to hold up for way too long for the Colts to count on him.”

What About Adding Holmes?

While we’re gauging the Ravens’ attraction to specific free agents, Jason Cooper from Boise, Idaho asked ESPN’s James Walker about the possibility of receiver Santonio Holmes landing in Baltimore.

Ravens fans are very familiar with Holmes, a restricted free agent under 2010 CBA rules. Can anyone erase the image of Holmes making the controversial game-winning catch at M&T Bank as a Steeler in 2008?

But Walker shot down any idea of Holmes wearing a Ravens jersey in 2011. His reasoning has less to do with the Ravens’ interest (if there is any), and more to do with the Jets’ interest in re-signing the 5-year veteran.

“It’s no secret Holmes has given the Ravens headaches in the past, and sometimes that encourages teams to go after those players when they become free agents,” wrote Walker. “But I see Holmes staying in New York as a member of the Jets. He was a good fit there last season, and I think they have the inside track.”

Walker’s opinion falls in line with the latest headlines coming out of New York.

According to the New York Post, re-signing Holmes is the Jets’ top priority this offseason because they consider him the “most dangerous offensive playmaker on the team.”

Charges Against D. Reed Essentially Dropped

Kick returner David Reed has resolved a marijuana charge against him.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the case against him has been moved to the inactive docket, effectively closing the case against the Ravens’ rookie.

“The case was set for a court date next week, prosecutors on Friday placed the case on the ‘stet’ docket, meaning the case will not be pursued and will eventually be dropped after a year,” the Sun reported. “Prosecutors have the option during that time frame to revisit the charges.

“Had Reed been convicted of the charge, he would have been subject to a fine or suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”

More Of The Same From McClain

The Carroll County Times interviewed Ravens restricted free agent fullback Le’Ron McClain, who was in Los Angeles attending the NBA all-star game this weekend, but nothing new really came out of their chat.

McClain repeated the same three sentiments he’s had for most of the offseason:

  • He wants to return to Baltimore
  • He doesn’t know if he actually will be back
  • He wants to get more carries in the offense

Other than that, there was one interesting note: the four year veteran said he never petitioned Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron for an increased role.

"I haven’t talked to Cam," McClain told Wilson. "I shy away from that. Looking back on it, I just wish I could have done more. If I could just have seven or eight touches, that would be great. A couple years ago, everybody touched the ball."

McClain added he was happy to see the Ravens re-sign fullback Jason McKie. McClain feels he still has a lot to learn for the nine-year vet.

Union, NFL Wrap Up Third Consecutive Day of Negotiations

The NFL and players union wrapped up a third day of consecutive negotiation meetings on Sunday.

Since Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service George Cohen got involved Friday, the sides have met for a total of more than 20 hours, according to the Associated Press.

“Three days in a row of negotiations between the NFLPA & the owners.  I like it!! Keep it up!!” tweeted agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Both parties have agreed to Cohen’s request that they not publicly talk about the negotiation, so it’s unclear how much progress is being made. But the mediation and sustained meetings could be a positive sign after several months of little progress.

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