"I have no doubts about anything," McAlister said. "They like me and I like them. It's not going to be hard. "I'm not going anywhere. They've always taken care of their players and they'll take care of me."
McAlister said he would prefer to sign a contract extension before free agency begins. Obviously, he wouldn't mind being assigned the franchise tag again. His $5.962 million 2003 salary would increase 20 percent to $7.109 million if Baltimore franchised him for next season. "I'll be happy either way," McAlister said. "It would be nice if they can work it out before it gets to that point. The bottom line is I'm going to be back."
WANTS LINE INTACT: Offensive line coach Jim Colletto said he doesn't foresee any major changes with his blockers, including massive right tackle Orlando Brown. Set to become an unrestricted free agent, Brown committed two personal fouls, including one in the final minutes of the Ravens' 20-17 playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans. "I have no qualms about Orlando being back," Colletto said. "We had a few run-ins, but that's all water under the bridge. We see eye to eye He knows what he has to do to get better: control himself during games. "Orlando feels terrible about what happened, but he didn't cost us that football game. I would be happy to have all my guys back. It's a big, physical group and I would hate to see any of them go."
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.