Late for Work 2/23: Scratch This CB Off Your Ravens Wish List

Plus La Canfora sees Parmele getting a larger RB role if McGahee and McClain don’t return.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 9:18 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Scratch This CB Off Your Ravens Wish List

No, I’m not talking about Raiders corner Nnamdi Asomugha.

You can breathe now (a little).

I am talking about 12-year veteran Champ Bailey, who signed a history-making contract with the Denver Broncos yesterday.

Bailey, who will be 33 in June, agreed to a four-year contract worth about $43 million – the richest deal ever for a cornerback over 30 years old, according to the Denver Post.  It includes $11 million guaranteed in 2011.

“Champ is truly one of the NFL’s elite players, a 10-time Pro Bowler who is playing at the absolute highest level,” tweeted Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Elway and the Broncos got their elite corner with a hometown discount.

While the new deal, on average, represents a $2 million-a-year raise, Bailey could have tested the free agent market. Analysts believe he could have found a few more million dollars on a team that is closer to winning a Super Bowl.

But Bailey opted for security and familiarity instead.

"One thing I’ve learned is, the grass is not always greener," Bailey said. “You can look at an organization that looks like they’re ready but they’re not ready. And then I’m miserable because I’m around a lot of unfamiliar faces in an unfamiliar place.”

As for all you Asomugha fans, yes, he will still be available when the free agency  period hits, but MASN’s Dan Kolko once again cautions you in getting your hopes up.

With the Ravens’ priority on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and a big-money contract likely going to him, Kolko says the Ravens will have to “sift through the second-tier of free agent corners if they want to add someone to their current stable of defensive backs.”

La Canfora: Parmele In Line For Larger Role

With rumors swirling about a possible release of running back Willis McGahee, pundits are wondering who will be left to help Ray Rice in the backfield.

Fullback Le’Ron McClain, who has been very vocal about wanting more carries, could become a free agent under a new collective bargaining agreement.

That’s why’s Jason La Canfora sees lesser-known Jalen Parmele getting a larger role if neither McClain nor McGahee returns.

“They’ll have someone like Parmele get carries,” La Canfora said. “The Ravens could draft a running back or make a play for a free agent as well, but they like Parmele. I can tell you that.”

Parmele is one of a handful of players who have been working out in Owings Mills already this offseason. He said he hopes to add to his kickoff return duties and contribute more on offense. Up until this point, that has been hard to do since Parmele has been in the shadows of the Ravens’ three-headed monster.

That’s my main goal,” Parmele told earlier this month. “It’s just doing what it takes to get on the field on offense, show them I can do it and build that confidence in them that I can get on the field at running back.”

Parmele played in every game in 2010, a first for his four-year NFL career, but he didn’t carry the ball a single time during the regular season. He did have four carries for 13 yards in the playoffs.

McGahee Set To Make More Than Most Ravens Starters

Speaking of McGahee, the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley analyzed all the players’ reported salaries in 2011. The backup running back would make more than every other Ravens starter except for safety Ed Reed.  Hensley didn’t count Ngata because he hasn’t yet signed the $12.5 million franchise tag tender.

Here’s the Sun’s breakdown:

Reed: $6.5 million
McGahee: $6 million
WR Anquan Boldin: $6 million
TE Todd Heap: $4.6 million
LB Ray Lewis: $4.5 million
WR Derrick Mason: $4.5 million
QB Joe Flacco$4.48 million
CB Domonique Foxworth: $4 million
LB Jarret Johnson: $3.5 million
NT Kelly Gregg: $3.5 million
LB Terrell Suggs: $3.4 million
C Matt Birk: $3 million

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