More Ravens camp notes - Clayton holdout a mystery

WESTMINSTER -- Even though the picks above and below Ravens first-round draft pick Mark Clayton have agreed to terms, the 22nd overall selection remains a holdout.

With Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt   Jones, the No. 21 pick, having signed a five-year contract worth $8.45 million, it's puzzling that Clayton's deal isn't done. Oakland Raiders cornerback Fabian Washington signed a five-year, $7.8 million that included $5.3 million in guaranteed money last week.

Clayton's deal should fall somewhere in between those two contracts.

"If 21 is done and 23 is done, you're here if you want to be here," Billick said. "It's clear-cut."

Jones' contract is somewhat complicated, though.

It has lucrative escalator clauses that depend on his receptions and touchdowns in his first four seasons. The escalators could push the contract to nearly $8.85 million.

It's highly unlikely that the Ravens would include escalators for Clayton, reserving that contractual adjustment for high-profile starting quarterbacks.

BOULWARE UPDATE: General manager Ozzie Newsome said in a radio interview that he contacted the representative for four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Peter Boulware, after rookie linebacker Dan Cody injured his knee Monday.

"Sure, Peter's a viable option to us," Billick said. "That certainly would be attractive to us, but that's got to be something that Peter wants as well."

No deal is imminent and Boulware would likely want at least $4 million to play this season. Newsome said that he would want Boulware, who missed the 2004 season with knee and toe injuries, to take another physical before he would consider signing him.

Newsome added that he would like to sign another safety for depth.

CODY UPDATE: One day after suffering a second to third-degree anterior cruciate sprain in his right knee, Cody said his knee is sore. He was able to put more weight on the leg as he got around on crutches.

The Ravens plan to have Cody undergo a second magnetic resonance imaging exam this month.

"There's more swelling, which is to be expected," Cody said. "There's nothing new. We're just waiting for the swelling to go down. I still don't know how long I'll be out."

Newsome said he has not ruled out Cody for the season.

"I don't want to be a doctor right now," Billick said. "That's outside my pay grade to see medically where he'll be."

TRAINING ROOM: Return specialist Derek Abney missed practice with a sprained ankle. Wide receiver Clarence Moore left the morning practice because of the heat and sickness, but returned in the afternoon.

Todd Heap (ankle, shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg), Cody (knee) and defensive tackle Gary Gibson (foot) didn't practice.

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

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