Ravens Camp Report: Friday Observations

Franchise player Chris McAlister has yet to sign his one-year, $7.1 million tender and hasn't reported to training camp. <br><br> The Pro Bowl selection is embroiled in a contract dispute and wants a contract similar to the $63 million deal given to Champ Bailey by the Denver Broncos that included an $18 million signing bonus.<br><br>

If McAlister doesn't receive a long-term contract extension and is franchised for the third consecutive year, he would be due another 20-percent salary increase and would be paid $8.5 million next season.

However, he's not the only prominent Raven entering the final year of his contract.

Cornerback Gary Baxter, linebacker Ed Hartwell, fullback Alan Ricard, safety Will Demps and offensive guards Bennie Anderson and Casey Rabach are all set to become unrestricted free agents after this season.

"I'm taking notes on Chris' situation," Baxter said. "I want to see how that one turns out."

Hartwell's agent, Harold Lewis, and Ricard's agent, Ted Marchibroda Jr., both said they expect the Ravens to make every effort to retain their clients.

A restricted free agent this off-season, Hartwell received the middle tender from the Ravens. Like Baxter, he would likely command significant interest on the open market.

TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens held several players out of the annual scrimmage at Scott S. Bair Stadium at McDaniel College on Friday night.

The injured list includes: tight end Todd Heap (knee contusion), linebacker Ed Hartwell (quadriceps), cornerback Gary Baxter (hernia), tight end Trent Smith (leg), linebacker Peter Boulware (knee), quarterback Anthony Wright (shoulder), linebacker Bart Scott (knee), cornerback Fred Weary (quadriceps), running back B.J. Sams (thumb), cornerback Zach Norton (shoulder), receiver Devard Darling (quadriceps) and safety Marcell Allmond (leg).

Billick said that Darling tweaked his leg during the workout at the indoor facility. Allmond collided Friday morning with rookie tight end Nick Eller.

Fullback Alan Ricard continues to play with a sprained thumb after X-rays revealed no break.

TIME OFF: The Ravens are only scheduled for morning meetings Saturday and get the evening off. They have no practice on Sunday and return to Westminster that night for meetings to prepare for Thursday's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The usual Saturday mock game was cancelled this year, giving the players additional free time.

HALL OF FAME TRIP: Senior consultant Jim Fassell will attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio as a guest of quarterback John Elway. The Denver Broncos quarterback was coached by Fassell in the NFL and was recruited by him to Stanford.

QUICK HITS: Pat Summerall, Paul Maguire, Joe Theismann and Suzy Kolber will broadcast the Ravens-Falcons game for ESPN. ... Before training camp opened, the Ravens waived offensive guard Monreko Crittenden, linebacker James Harrison and fullback Preston Hartfield.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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