Ravens looking at Jackson, Adams

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have moved on from the loss of massive nose guard Maake Kemoeatu and are pursuing jumbo-sized veterans Grady Jackson or Sam Adams, according to an NFL source.

Baltimore had a strong interest in Ted Washington, but he is closing in on a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns that's expected to average over $3 million per season.

With Kemoeatu signing a five-year, $23 million contract with $8 million in guaranteed money, the Ravens tried to prevent Washington from joining the AFC North rival Browns, but the former Oakland Raiders starter wasn't inclined to wait.

The 6-foot-5, 365-pound Washington continued to play hard for the Raiders even in the midst of a 4-12 season.

 Meanwhile, the Ravens are expected to continue talking to Jackson and Adams and try to sign one to fill the hole in the middle of their defense.

Adams has visited the Miami Dolphins and is still a possibility for Miami, whose top priority is filling its quarterback vacancy with either Drew Brees or Daunte Culpepper.

Jackson, 33, played for the Green Bay Packers and drew a lot of respect and double-team attention from Ravens center Mike Flynn last season because of his strong inside push.

The Ravens have extended a two-year contract offer to running back Jamal Lewis, who is mulling over his decision. The deal includes a signing bonus and incentive clauses, but the total worth remains unknown.

Baltimore signed defensive end Trevor Pryce to a five-year contract worth $25 million that includes $10 million in guaranteed money after losing defensive end Tony Weaver to the Houston Texans.

Weaver received a five-year contract worth $26.5 million with $12 million in guaranteed money.

The Ravens lost backup running back Chester Taylor to the Minnesota Vikings as he signed a four-year, $14.1 million contract that includes $5.6 million in guaranteed money. Taylor declined the Ravens' five-year, $17 million offer.

The Ravens aren't expected to immediately sign quarterback Kerry Collins, who was cut by the Oakland Raiders. However, the interest is definitely mutual for a potential reunion with offensive coordinator Jim Fassel.


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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