McAlister can solicit offers from other NFL teams and the Ravens would have the right to match any offer. If they opted not to, they would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation. "By not placing the exclusive tag on him, it helps Chris find his market value," Newsome said. The Ravens said they will continue to negotiate with McAlister's agent, Mitch Frankel.
The two sides can negotiate until March 17. If the two sides reach an agreement between March 17 and July 14, the Ravens would lose the right to franchise any player for the entire length of McAlister's new deal.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.