Ravens host Salaam; Stover to decide Ravens/Jags

OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens will exercise a contingency plan in case right offensive tackle Orlando Brown departs by hosting Ephraim Salaam today at their training complex.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Marcus Robinson has agreed in principle to the Minnesota Vikings' four-year contract offer.

"Marcus is looking forward to being a Viking," agent Ken Sarnoff said of Robinson, who caught six touchdown passes for Baltimore during the second half of last season.

Salaam, 27, is an unrestricted free agent who has started for the past two seasons for the Denver Broncos after a prior stint with the Atlanta Falcons. Brown has already visited the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. He's among a group of blockers the Dolphins are considering, including Damion McIntosh and Salaam.

"We're very impressed with what we saw from Salaam and we're prepared to sign him," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We would very much like to re-sign Orlando Brown, but in free agency you have to look at all your options. Salaam is a very viable one."

Brown committed 10 penalties in 13 starts last season, including seven false starts, according to Stats, Inc. Salaam was credited with just four penalties with one false start last season.

Although the 6-foot-7 Salaam is 70 pounds lighter than the 6-7, 365-pound Brown in keeping with the Broncos' mold of slimmer, mobile blockers, he's also six years younger.

"I didn't realize he was that young, and that's one of the intriguing things about him," Billick said. "He's been in an excellent system and is a good, young offensive tackle.

"We still hope very much to get something done with Orlando, but we make it very clear to players that if you look at other teams we have to explore other options."

Veteran kicker Matt Stover, the Ravens' leading scorer last season, is reportedly weighing his options between re-signing with Baltimore or accepting an offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars within the next two days.

Stover's agent, Jim Steiner, didn't return a telephone call seeking comment.

Quarterback Anthony Wright and outside linebacker Adalius Thomas were at the Ravens' offices Monday. However, no deals are imminent with either player, Billick said.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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