McCants' agent: Ravens are interested

OWINGS MILLS – The agent for Washington Redskins wide receiver Darnerien McCants said the Baltimore Ravens have expressed an interest in the restricted free agent.

McCants, 25, caught 27 passes for 360 yards and six touchdowns last season under former Redskins coach Steve Spurrier. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver averaged 13.3 yards per reception.

No visit has been scheduled yet with the Ravens, said Harold Lewis, McCants' agent. As a restricted free agent assigned the low tender, the Redskins have the right to match any offer sheet for McCants or receive a fifth-round draft pick as compensation.

"We're not that far along, but we did talk and the Ravens are looking at Darnerien," Lewis said. "We'll see if it's a fit. There are a few other teams interested in him, too."

McCants caught 21 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns two seasons ago. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2001 out of Delaware State.

The AFC North champions had the lowest-ranked passing game last season, and their trade for All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens was rescinded through a settlement brokered between the players' union and the NFL management council earlier this week.

The agent for Chicago Bears free agent receiver Dez White, a player regarded as the top unrestricted receiver available in a slim market, said he has yet to hear from Baltimore.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have decided not to submit an offer for veteran defensive end Raylee Johnson, according to the player's agent.

Brad Blank said Johnson will soon choose between offers from the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos that include seven-figure signing bonuses.

"Raylee appreciated the visit to Baltimore and considers them a class organization," Blank said. "The bottom line, though, is the contracts he's being offered were higher numbers than Baltimore wanted to go."

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent defensive tackle Warren Sapp listed six teams on his Web site (www.qbkilla.com) that he's interested in playing for next season, including the Ravens, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has also been linked in published reports to the Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons.

The Bengals have reportedly offered Sapp, 31, a four-year contract worth $16 million. It's unclear whether Baltimore, or these other listed franchises, would be willing to invest similar money in a player of Sapp's age and outspoken nature.

NOTE: Ravens safety Gerome Sapp and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Friday will join Maryland Congressman Elijah E. Cummings this morning for a healthy living rally to promote physical fitness at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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