Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Demetrius Williams, Tony Moll sign restricted tenders


OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens signed wide receiver Demetrius Williams and offensive lineman Tony Moll to their original round $1.176 million restricted free agent tenders, the team announced.

Williams is a former Ravens fourth-round pick and Moll was selected in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers.

Williams, who ranks behind Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, Donte' Stallworth and Mark Clayton on the depth chart, caught eight passes for 142 yards last season.

He has registered 63 career receptions for 1,008 yards and four touchdowns, but hasn't lived up to expectations.

Moll was traded to the Ravens last year from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for defensive back Derrick Martin.

He played in five games last season in a reserve role.

He has started 18 career games.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Ducks' Ward visits with Ravens


OWINGS MILLS -- University of Oregon safety T.J. Ward took official predraft visits with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The two-time honorable-mention All-Pac 10 selection also had two private workouts with undisclosed teams.

At the NFL scouting combine, he had roughly 10 formal interviews. That included meetings with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.

Ward has drawn second-round grades from NFL teams and is projected to go anywhere from that spot to the fourth round.

Ward is regarded as a hard hitter who has excelled in classroom work with NFL teams, displaying his football savvy.

The 5-foot-11, 211-pounder ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at his campus Pro Day workout, improving on his 4.54 from the NFL scouting combine where he bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times and posted a 34-inch vertical leap.

His 4.12 20-yard shuttle at his Pro Day ranks him ahead of Taylor Mays, Nate Allen and Chad Jones.

Invited to the East-West Shrine all-star game, Ward recorded 190 career tackles, 13 pass deflections and three interceptions. He forced five fumbles over the past two seasons.

Ward has drawn praise from NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt, a former Cowboys executive.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ravens news & notes


Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, a first-round prospect, is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Wednesday and Thursday. ... Oregon tight end Ed Dickson and University of Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper are among the Ravens' previous predraft visits. ... Incumbent kicker Billy Cundiff signed his one-year, $1.226 million restricted tender, per his agent. As an undrafted player, Cundiff was assigned the right of first refusal. ... The team announced that reserve quarterback John Beck has signed his one-year restricted tender. It's worth $1.101 million. Drafted in the second round, Beck was assigned an original round tender. Under the NFL's upgraded tender rule, the Ravens would receive a third-round pick if someone signed him to an offer sheet and they opted not to match. The deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets is Thursday.

Friday, April 2, 2010

"Mount" Cody visits Ravens, Troy Smith fires agent


University of Alabama nose guard Terrence “Mount” Cody, a projected first-round draft pick, visited the Ravens on Thursday. Cody is a 6-foot-4, 349-pound consensus All-American selection…

In the wake of Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith switching representation to agent Neil Cornrich, his former agent commented for the first time on the situation.

Ralph Cindrich, who previously represented Smith, said in a telephone interview that a lengthy dispute between Smith's business advisor, Bobby George, and DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment triggered the end of his business relationship with the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Cindrich said that George sent a letter of termination to the firm on March 12. The NFL Players Association confirmed Wednesday that Smith is now represented by Cornrich.

Cindrich said that he hasn't spoken to Smith about the separation, but said he has no hard feelings toward the former Ohio State star.

"Troy is a great guy," Cindrich said. "I wish whatever differences they had could have been resolved. It was very delicate. I wish Troy the best of luck."

Cindrich said he works for DeBartolo Sports on a consulting basis.

Smith has expressed a desire to be traded through Cindrich, especially to his hometown Cleveland Browns but no market has materialized at this point for him.
The restricted free agent was assigned an original-round tender, a fifth-round selection.

Last month, Cindrich said that Smith "would crawl from Baltimore right now to be able to play in Cleveland.”

Instead of pursuing Smith, Browns team president Mike Holmgren acquired Seneca Wallace in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks.

Cornrich, who's the agent for Mike Vrabel and several other NFL players, also represents many high-profile coaches.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Blocking TE Byham to visit Ravens


University of Pittsburgh blocking tight end Nate Byham is scheduled to visit the Ravens next month. Byham has visited the Pittsburgh Steelers and conducted a private workout for the New York Jets.

Byham is a three-year starter at Pitt who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds at his Pro Day workout. He caught a career-high 20 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown two seasons ago.

Troy Smith sends agent Cindrich packing


Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith has hired Neil Cornrich as his new agent, according to NFL Players Association records.

The former Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State had repeatedly requested a trade through his former agent, Ralph Cindrich. Smith hasn't stopped asking for a trade, but there has been no action toward his personal goal as far as a market materializing for him.

Smith is a restricted free agent who was assigned an original-round tender, a fifth-round selection.

A Cleveland native, Smith has consistently expressed a desire to play for his hometown Browns. However, Browns team president Mike Holmgren acquired Seneca Wallace in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks.

Smith is regarded highly by the Ravens as a backup to Joe Flacco, who's entrenched as the starter. Harbaugh commented on Smith's situation during the annual NFL owners meetings.

"He wants to play," Harbaugh said. "I know he wants to be a starter. We think he can be a starter. I've said that a bunch of times. Troy's a really good player. You don't win the Heisman Trophy and take your team to the heights he did in college and when he's played for the Ravens he's played really well. I don't know what other teams are doing or thinking. I don't know that Ozzie [Newsome] has gotten a call or not. I don't know. Right now from a coaching perspective he's our backup quarterback and it's good to have a good backup quarterback. I think Troy could win games for us. I think John Beck could win games for us, too.

"That's not to say that we couldn't do more at quarterback, either. I'm not ruling out the possibility that we couldn't sign another quarterback if we wanted to put another guy in the mix there to cover ourselves in case John or Troy gets an opportunity that we couldn't pass up, either. It's all possible right now as far as really the whole team other than the fact that Joe will be the starter if he's healthy."