Ravens looking at Vincent, Herndon

OWINGS MILLS -- With cornerback Kelly Herndon on the Baltimore Ravens' radar, the team is still seeking an offensive guard, a veteran wide receiver and a defensive lineman.<br><br> The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers free agent offensive guard Keydrick Vincent spoke Sunday with Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome about possibly filling the right guard job vacated by Bennie Anderson.

A native of Lakeland, Fla., the same hometown as Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, Vincent is a road-grader style offensive lineman at 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds who took over for Kendall Simmons when he blew out his knee during training camp.

"I spoke with Ozzie and there is mutual interest, but there are two other teams involved," said Ken Zuckerman, Vincent's agent. "Keydrick is excited about the Ravens and is definitely very interested. We'll continue discussions this week."

While the Ravens are pursuing Herndon, the Denver Broncos' restricted free agent, they are considering guards like Vincent and Indianapolis' Rick DeMulling and pondering the merits of veteran wide receivers like former New York Giants starter Ike Hilliard.

DeMulling visited the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and is scheduled to meet Tuesday with the Detroit Lions after his agent spoke with the Ravens this weekend.

Hilliard, who started for several seasons in New York for Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, is in demand. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and Lions are among the other interested teams. Fassel, the former Giants head coach, expressed a strong interest in Hilliard at the scouting combine.

The Ravens, who have showed interest in former Tennessee Titans defensive end Kevin Carter, are likely to keep trying to obtain an end or tackle. Carter is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins as soon as today.

If Carter isn't signed by the Dolphins, he's likely to move on and look at other teams rather than drag out talks.

As for Herndon, who interceped two passes with 23 pass deflections after taking over for injured starter Lenny Walls, he's likely to visit the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. His agent, Peter Schaffer, said "a lot" of teams are interested in Herndon.

Because Herndon is a restricted free agent, the Broncos would have a week to match an offer sheet. No offer sheet was signed as of Sunday.

The Ravens need a No. 2 cornerback after Gary Baxter's abrupt departure to the Cleveland Browns on Friday for a six-year, $30 million contract that included a $10.5 million signing bonus.

Former Steelers and University of Maryland cornerback Chad Scott is available along with Tennessee's Andre Dyson and Washington's Fred Smoot.

The agent for inside linebacker Ed Hartwell, who also represents Carter, said he has been contacted by 17 teams, regarding the Ravens' top remaining free agent.

"I'm trying to get this thing done by the end of the weekend," agent Harold Lewis said. "Eddie's in high demand, but it has to be the right fit. So far, it's going well."

Hartwell told The Carroll County Times (Westminster, MD) on Sunday that he enjoyed his visits to the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals, but is likely to visit the Seattle Seahawks or the Falcons next.

Hartwell has recorded 472 tackles the past three seasons, second only to Ray Lewis (510) on a Baltimore defense that ranked sixth in the NFL last season.

As for Baxter's defection to Cleveland, Hartwell said: "The Ravens are losing a lot of guys, me, Gary, Casey Rabach, probably Marques Douglas and Bennie Anderson. I guess that's what they want. Football is a game, but it's also a business."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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