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Ravens Still ‘On The Hunt’ For Free Agents

Owner Steve Bisciotti said Baltimore’s looking for offensive linemen and cheap vets.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens aren’t done in the free agent market.
 
Although Baltimore is just $2.8 million under the $120 million salary cap, according to a ProFootballTalk report, Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti said the team still has “a little room.” 

“We can still move it around a little bit,” Bisciotti said  in a Fan Forum with PSL holders Tuesday evening. “We are still on the hunt for some offensive linemen, hopefully, and anything else that drops in our lap.”
 
Bisciotti said he wishes the Ravens could get a little more cap room, and one way of doing that is signing defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a contract extension.
 
Baltimore is currently thin on the line with starting center Matt Birk recovering from minor knee surgery earlier this month and right guard Marshal Yanda sidelined by back spasms.
 
The Ravens have been running rookie Jah Reid with the first team at right tackle and moved Oniel Cousins inside at guard. Bryan Mattison, who spent most of last year on the practice squad, has been the first-team center with undrafted rookies Ryan Bartholomew and Tim Barnes also filling in.
 
“We are up against [the salary cap] and there are still some good players out there,” Bisciotti said.
 
“And I think there’s going to be more. I think there’s going to be a lot of veterans that get released and a lot of veterans are going to want to play for a team like the Ravens for the veteran minimum or a little more than that with some incentives.”
 
The Ravens have a knack for bolstering positions of need as the preseason goes on. Last year, General Manager Ozzie Newsome traded for cornerback Josh Wilson on Aug. 31. He signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Sept. 6, only one week before the regular-season opener.

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