Ravens, Miller at an impasse

Byner's Insiders' Aaron Wilson brings us the very latest news on the Ravens discussions with free agents. With available jobs for Jamir Miller drying up, why hasn't a deal been done?

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens and the agent for unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Jamir Miller reported no progress in contract negotiations.

The Ravens have made Miller an undisclosed contract offer, but he has yet to accept it. Although Miller's options have dwindled considerably since Tampa Bay signed outside linebacker Dwayne Rudd and Kansas City acquired end Vonnie Holliday, his agent, Leigh Steinberg, has still been actively trying to create competition.

So far, that approach hasn't generated any other bids or increased the price that the Ravens are willing to pay, though.

The Cleveland Browns, Miller's former team, reportedly doesn't have the necessary salary-cap space to re-sign him. And quarterback Tim Couch and end Courtney Brown apparently are unwilling to restructure their contracts to accommodate the Browns.

The Browns released Miller, 29, on Feb. 27, the same day he was due a $14 million roster bonus. That leaves Baltimore as Miller's most likely option after missing last season with a torn Achilles' tendon one season after being selected to the Pro Bowl with 13 sacks.

Meanwhile, the Ravens remain in contract discussions with former Arizona Cardinals receiver Frank Sanders.

NOTES: A group of Ravens players along with athletic trainer Bill Tessendorf, a Carroll County resident, are participating in the Empty Bowls project this afternoon at South Carroll High School. The players' pottery projects raised money last year for the Carroll County Human Services Department. … The Ravens are planning another Football 101 class designed to teach women the intricacies of football on April 15 between 6 and 8 p.m. at Ravens Stadium. Director of player personnel Phil Savage and director of college scouting Eric DeCosta are teaching the class. For more information, call 410-986-5286.


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