Ravens' quarterback question mark

OWINGS MILLS -- Inside the Baltimore Ravens' shiny, $31 million training complex, an extremely important and expensive decision looms: Who's going to be the quarterback?

Will it be erratic incumbent Kyle Boller, who flashed major potential for two weeks before reverting back to his usual bumbles in the season finale?

Or are the Ravens sincere this time about waging, not staging a quarterback competition by signing a viable veteran that's good enough to unseat Boller? Something opposite to that sham of a 2003 derby when Boller was destined to start over Chris Redman.

There's a lot of speculation about Steve McNair reuniting with Derrick Mason, but I doubt it will happen. Despite his injuries and a salary-cap figure that give the Titans pause, McNair isn't leaving Nashville yet. Plus, a veteran-laden locker room would want McNair to start from Jump St., and probably wouldn't accept the idea of Boller starting over the gritty former All-Pro.

You can probably forget about Bengals backup Jon Kitna, too. He's an even more valuable insurance policy following Carson Palmer's blown-out knee.

Keep a closer eye on these candidates to either push Boller into consistency or out the door of the Baltimore County Bellagio: Oakland's so-so Kerry Collins, New Orleans' error-prone Aaron Brooks or Jacksonville's David Garrard or Atlanta's Matt Schaub via hefty trade price tags.

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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