Billick: News on Fassel likely on Wednesday

OWINGS MILLS -- Neither Ravens coach Brian Billick or former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel would confirm or deny whether Fassel will join the Baltimore staff.

Billick said he anticipates making an announcement Wednesday on whether his close friend, a noted offensive strategist and quarterbacks coach, will work for the Ravens in some capacity next season.

"We'll bring some definition to that this week," Billick said. "Hopefully, by mid-week we'll have finalized where we're going to be. I'll kind of hold off on that until then, but we should have some definition on Wednesday."

It's unclear whether that means Fassel will give Billick a final answer Wednesday, or merely that a formal announcement of Fassel coming to Baltimore is being delayed for a few days. If Fassel joins the Ravens, it would be on a one-year basis as he'll likely be a top candidate for any NFL head-coaching vacancies after next season.

Fassel interviewed for the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills' jobs this winter after being fired by Giants owner Wellington Mara after a 4-12 season and a last-place finish in the NFC East. If Fassel sits out this season, he would be paid $2.7 million by the Giants with any additional salary paid by Baltimore to be deducted from the total New York owes him under his contract.

Fassel's potential job title is another undecided issue with possible roles as a consultant, assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach being bandied about. His addition wouldn't mean the subtraction of any of the Ravens' offensive coaches. 

Reached at his New York-area home, Fassel declined to elaborate on the situation.

"I can't tell you much right now," Fassel said. "It's not the time for me to talk about it. I'm sorry I can't say more."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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