Ravens not done shopping

OWINGS MILLS -- As the quarterback market continues to accelerate, the Baltimore Ravens are taking stock after their initial dash of activity when free agency began.

The Ravens have no visits planned for this weekend and have yet to open negotiations with Kerry Collins, their expected No. 1 target because of his arm strength and past connection with Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Fassel.

They have spoken with the representative for Brian Griese, who visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday and is scheduled to meet with the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Meanwhile, Gus Frerotte agreed to terms with the St. Louis Rams and Aaron Brooks visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Either the Ravens are intent on waiting to see if the Tennessee Titans release Steve McNair, which continues to be rumored in NFL circles even after he restructured his contract, or Collins appears to be their man. Collins' agent has already called the Ravens an ideal situation, a clear indicator that he has no leverage and is trying to make a deal.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are talking with several special-teams standouts, a potential third wide receiver and considering the remaining safeties available.

"There's a lot left to do," Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis said. "There's certainly some spots where we can complement this football team. We're extremely happy with this first wave of free agency."

The Ravens are believed to be interested in Tennessee Titans free agent Tank Williams, the top remaining safety and a big hitter at 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds. Tebucky Jones, Derrick Gibson and Deke Cooper are among the other viable potential enforcers to play alongside Ed Reed.

The Ravens have held discussions with Carolina Panthers punter Jason Baker, but he's going to visit the St. Louis Rams next Tuesday and possibly Baltimore after that trip. Baker led the NFC in net punting and has been recommended by special teams coach Frank Gansz, who used to coach him in Kansas City.

"I told Baltimore that the Rams don't want him to leave there without a contract," said Frank Murtha, Baker's agent. "They're pretty hot and heavy on him."

The market for a top punter was established when Dave Zastudil left the Ravens for the Cleveland Browns' five-year, $8 million contract, including a $1.6 million signing bonus and a $500,000 option bonus in 2007.

The Ravens are believed to have an interest in Sean Landeta, the 44-year-old former Towson standout. Restricted free agent Dirk Johnson is another candidate.

Baltimore has an interest in free agent wide receiver Antonio Chatman, who caught 49 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns last season with an 85-yard kick return. Chatman, who didn't fumble a punt and dropped only one pass last season, is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals and will meet with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

"Baltimore would be a wonderful place for him and they're looking for a third receiver," said Mark Mersel, Chatman's agent. "He's a tough guy who will go across the middle. George Kokinis said they have a strong interest."

Another potential target is Cincinnati Bengals special teams captain Marcus Wilkins, a speedy reserve linebacker who can play inside and outside.

"The Bengals want him back, but there hasn't been any proposal yet," said Mersel, who added that Wilkins has 4.4 speed over 40 yards. "He would fit in well with Baltimore's special teams and defense. Marcus can flat-out run."

NOTES: Defensive end Jarret Johnson signed his middle restricted tender of $1.55 million. If another team signs him to an offer sheet, the Ravens have the right to match or would receive a first-round pick as compensation. … Running back Musa Smith signed his low restricted tender of $712,000. Baltimore would receive a third-round draft pick as compensation if it didn't match an offer sheet. ... Tight end Darnell Dinkins is negotiating with the Browns, who have the inside track after offering him a contract.

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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