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QB Rob Adamson Billick might be interested
Baltimore coach Brian Billick is intrigued by D-III Mount Union College QB Rob Adamson, but realizes it would be a long-term project. "He falls into that second day [of the draft] category. You have to understand the learning curve and have a plan in mind. Maybe even developmental squad. He probably needs to go to Europe [for seasoning]," Billick told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
OLB Jamir Miller Ravens have strong interest
According to reports, the Ravens have a strong interest in signing former Browns linebacker Jamir Miller. Miller, who could visit the Ravens next week, would likely compete with Cornell Brown, who re-signed with Baltimore recently, for the outside linebacker job opposite Peter Boulware in the Ravens 3-4. Miller could also emerge as a pass rushing specialist, lining up at end in a 4 man front that the Ravens will likely use in most obvious passing situations. The 6'5 255 pound Miller missed all missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles' tendon in the first exhibition game. The Browns released him rather than paying him a $14 million roster bonus that he was due on February 27th. Miller told Cleveland reporters recently that he was about 95 % recovered from his injury. If he's able to return to his 2001 form, or even close to it, Miller would provide a much needed upgrade to a Ravens pass rush that struggled last season with just 33 sacks. During the 2001 season, Miller recorded 81 tackles, along with 13 sacks, an interception and 4 forced fumbles. For his efforts, Miller earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
WR Frank Sanders No progress yet on a deal with the Ravens
The Ravens and Frank Sanders have made no progress in negotiations on a deal that would bring the free agent wideout to Baltimore, and with the Ravens unsure when a deal will be completed, it now appears Sanders' former team is ready to step up efforts to retain him. A radio station in Phoenix reported Friday that Rod Graves, Arizona's Vice President of football operations, plans to speak to Sanders this weekend. The 30 year-old Auburn product visited the Ravens complex on March 21 and spoke very highly of what he saw, telling reporters "If I needed to make a decision today, it wouldn't be hard, because the organization has sold itself."
LB Shannon Taylor Ravens pull offer
The Ravens have rescinded their tender to restricted free agent Shannon Taylor, making the linebacker an unrestricted free agent. "We thought it was best for him to explore other options at this point," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. Coming off a strong training camp, Taylor started the first two games of last season. However, he was soon replaced by Cornell Brown in the starting lineup, and had little playing time down the stretch of the season.
QB Kyle Boller Has piqued Ravens' interest
Four weeks before the NFL draft, the Ravens are trying to come to a consensus on a divided issue. Team officials are debating whether to use the 10th overall pick on University of California quarterback Kyle Boller. The Ravens scheduled a private workout on March 27 to determine whether he's a franchise quarterback or a one-year wonder. Boller is one of the fastest rising prospects after impressive off-season workouts and, in some league personnel directors' eyes, has risen into that elite quarterback tier with Southern California's Carson Palmer -- who is expected to be taken in the top five -- or Marshall's Byron Leftwich. At this point, the Ravens' organization is split, with some favoring Leftwich while others lean toward Boller. But that decision could be resolved in a couple of days, when general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach Brian Billick, player personnel director Phil Savage and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh have a first-hand look at Boller. "I don't know that it's indicative of any increased interest," Billick said. "We've said from the get-go there are viable choices at No. 10." The Ravens are not locked into taking a quarterback in the first round, but it would add fill a need as well as long-term insurance behind Chris Redman, who is coming off back surgery. Other possibilities could easily include players from the second tier like Washington State cornerback Marcus Trufant and Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Drafting a wide receiver with the top pick is a long shot but not out of the question. If the Ravens end up selecting a quarterback, they might not have a choice on draft day. The Cincinnati Bengals (first pick), the Chicago Bears (fourth), the Dallas Cowboys (fifth) and the Carolina Panthers (ninth) all could be looking at taking a quarterback in the first round. But one quarterback should slip to the 10th pick, with the smart money on Boller. A projected second- or third-round pick during the college season, Boller caught the scouts' attention with a strong Senior Bowl and then wowed them by running the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Boller raised his stock further during his on-campus workout earlier this month for NFL scouts and coaches, which included Cavanaugh. During his 100-throw display, he launched one pass on the run more than 70 yards in the air and put an exclamation point on the day when he took a knee at midfield and launched a pass that sailed between the goal posts 60 yards away. "He's athletic and has a strong personality," Billick said. "He has all the measurables as does Palmer and Leftwich." To be included in that class, Boller has had to shake off the one-year wonder label. In his first three years in college, he never completed more than half of his throws. But in his first season under new Cal coach Jeff Tedford, Boller he threw for 2,815 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. "His No. 1 forte is his arm strength," Savage said. "But he's has had just one year that you would quantify as successful."

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