Ravens' team notes - Thursday

Quarterback Steve McNair has finally landed in Baltimore, pending a physical. The on again, off again rumor finally came to fruition when the Titans agreed to trade McNair to Baltimore in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick next year.

As recently as Tuesday, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he hoped the team and McNair would still be able to resolve their financial disagreement so the 11-year veteran could stay with the franchise. But McNair was unwilling to renegotiate his salary to reduce his $9 million cap charge next year, forcing the Titans' hand.

McNair's contract with Baltimore is reported for five years and includes an $11 million signing bonus to go with a $1 million salary next season.

McNair's arrival means three-year veteran Kyle Boller will lose his starting job.

"If Steve gets here, or when he gets here, we'll handle it then. But as far as now, I'm just out here competing and trying to get this offense where it needs to be," Boller said at the team's minicamp this week. "I'm going about my business right now like I'm the starter. That's the only way I can think of it."

The Titans banned McNair from their facility on April 3 because they were concerned about being liable for his $23.46 million salary cap number if he got hurt on their property.

With the arbitrator's decision reopening the doors for McNair, Tennessee was facing the same risk. If McNair got hurt at the complex, the Titans would have had to assume his entire cap hit and release other veterans to sign their rookies.

Despite not being allowed to train with the Titans, McNair boasted that he was in his best physical shape in years. With no lingering injuries from last season, he was able to start his offseason regimen in February.
McNair answered a question about his fitness with a chuckle.

"Do I look in shape?" McNair said. "You would tell me if I wasn't in shape."

NOTES, QUOTES
--The Ravens are expected to send out coaches to keep defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and receiver Demetrius Williams up to speed. Both can't work out with the team because an NFL rule limiting rookies' participation until their college class graduates.
--Linebacker Ray Lewis is expected to be limited during the Ravens' full-team minicamps this month.
He is recovering from surgery on his hamstring in December. He is scheduled to be ready for the team's training camp in late July.
--Tight end Todd Heap has looked impressive in the Ravens' spring workouts. He could not participate in last season's offseason workouts because of shoulder and ankle injuries.
--According to the Ravens, nearly 80 players have attended the past three weeks of voluntary spring workouts. The sessions are closed to the media.
"It's nice to see everyone out here flying around out here again," cornerback Chris McAlister said. "That's what it's all about."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You can lose a step. But if you gain weight the right way, you won't feel it. You don't want to gain McDonalds weight. Don't try to do it overnight, it won't affect you." -- Second-round pick Chris Chester on gaining 25 pounds this past season to convert from tight end to the offensive line.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): CB Dale Carter; LS Drew Caylor; DT Gary Gibson; WR Patrick Johnson; CB Cash Mouton; RB Jamel White.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: DT Cedric Hilliard.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: CB Robb Butler; PK Aaron Elling; NT Aubrayo Franklin; LB Dennis Haley; DE Jarret Johnson; LS Matt Katula; RB Jamal Lewis; FB Ovie Mughelli; CB Zach Norton; CB Evan Oglesby; OT Tony Pashos; OG Brian Rimpf; QB Brian St. Pierre; RB B.J. Sams; LB Bart Scott; LB Mike Smith; RB Musa Smith; C Thatcher Szalay; DE Benard Thomas; CB B.J. Ward; TE Daniel Wilcox; LB Zac Woodfin.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: RB Mike Anderson; P Leo Araguz; DT Justin Bannan; CB Corey Ivy; LB Tim Johnson; QB Steve McNair; DE Trevor Pryce; LB Gary Stills.
PLAYERS LOST: LB Peter Boulware; OT Orlando Brown; S Will Demps; TE Darnell Dinkins; WR Randy Hymes; NT Maake Kemoeatu; LB Tommy Polley; CB Deion Sanders; RB Chester Taylor; DE Tony Weaver; S Chad Williams; QB Anthony Wright; P Dave Zastudil.


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