Harbaugh says Burgess could be back

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens didn't give reserve linebacker and special-teams contributor Prescott Burgess a restricted free agent tender, but do have some interest in possibly bringing him back. Burgess has led the Ravens in special-teams tackles over the past two seasons.

"Ideally," coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings when asked if Burgess was in the Ravens' plans. "I always say I can't ever say I don't want a guy back. I want them all back. Yet you want to find a way to make your team better in different ways. I think he's a proven special teams guy. "He's a proven backup linebacker and I think on another team he could possibly be a starting linebacker. That's something that Prescott is going to have to decide. He's got a role on our team if we can make it work." Burgess is expected to become an unrestricted free agent once the new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated. He could still return as a free agent, but that would have to be negotiated and there have been no talks at this time.

Plus, Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo has recovered from a torn quadriceps suffered two seasons ago that limited him last year after recovering from surgery. Burgess led the Ravens with 15 special-teams tackles last season, emerging as a valuable player in kick coverage.

He also led the team with a career-high 34 special teams tackles two seasons ago. For his career, he has 56 special teams tackles. Burgess is a former sixth-round draft pick from the University of Michigan. He had a brief stint with the New England Patriots two seasons ago before rejoining the Ravens.

"I'm always lucky to be the sleeper," Burgess said last season. "The sleepers, they never get no looks until they come out of their shell. I'm just waiting for an opportunity, and then everyone will know that I'm not a sleeper. You can call me a sleeper if you want to. I know what I can do. When I get my chance, I'm going to show it."

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