Ravens' Orlando Brown: "I want to be here."

OWINGS MILLS – Striding through the Ravens' training complex Monday, offensive tackle Orlando Brown expressed a strong desire to play football next fall in Baltimore.<br><br>Brown is set to become an unrestricted free agent next month, but his agent is already attempting to negotiate a new contract with the Ravens.<br><br>

"This is an uncertain time of year and it's stressful to me, but I want to be here," Brown said. "If it's up to me, I'm going to stay. My kids are here. 

"My mother and father like driving up from Washington to see me play. I have two houses in Baltimore. This is my home."

Brown's agent, Tom Condon, didn't return a telephone call seeking comment.

During Brown's second stint with the Ravens, the 6-foot-7, 360-pound right tackle started 13 games last season while playing under a one-year contract. 

This marked his return to football from a hiatus caused by an eye injury incurred in bizarre penalty-flag incident in 1999 while playing for the Cleveland Browns.

Brown, 33, received an undisclosed, lucrative settlement from the league after filing a lawsuit against the NFL.

His aggressive style of play contributed to NFL Offensive Player of the Year Jamal Lewis rushing for 2,066 yards as Baltimore generated the league's top-ranked rushing game.

"We're progressed a little with his agent," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "I'd very much like to have him back. I think it would be a good pick-up for us.

"I have doubt about his wanting to take the next step and I think we will see a better year out of him having gone through what he did last year."

Brown demonstrated a few signs of rust last season, mostly manifesting itself in pass protection.

Brown incurred 10 penalties during the regular season, including seven false starts, according to Stats, Inc. He also was hit with two personal fouls in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans in an AFC wild-card game.

Brown's last penalty occurred in the final two minutes when he shoved Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse after the whistle was blown. Kearse appeared to be choking Ravens tight end Terry Jones.

Brown said if the situation presents itself again he wouldn't retaliate. He would simply get even legally during a play.

"I want to do whatever I can to get better, man," Brown said. "My body feels good. My main thing is technique and flexibility. I've got the attitude. I'm definitely crazy enough."

Brown said he would prefer to not test free agency and would like to finish his career in Baltimore.

A year ago, Brown was pursued by several potential suitors, including the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. He eschewed higher offers to play for the Ravens.

"I don't know my value," Brown said. "I don't know what they're thinking. They tell me they want to keep me, but they told me they wanted to keep me the last time before I went to Cleveland and they put me on the market."

Brown initially joined Art Modell's Cleveland Browns in 1994 as an undrafted free agent from South Carolina State. He impressed Bill Belichick with his willingness to mix it up, literally brawling his way into professional football.

Along with kicker Matt Stover, another unrestricted free agent, Brown remains in the Ravens' orbit after coming to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996.

"It's up to them right now," Brown said. "It's out of my hands. I've got to sit back and wait for them to make a decision. This is the business side of football."


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