Ravens losing another player in free agency

OWINGS MILLS -- Due to their tight salary-cap situation and unwillingness to mortgage their financial future, the Baltimore Ravens are unable to retain another key free agent. Please keep reading for further details on the Ravens' latest free agent update.

OWINGS MILLS -- Offensive tackle Tony Pashos' dramatic improvement as a blocker is about to be rewarded, but it won't be with the Baltimore Ravens.
Two days before the launch of the free agent signing period, Pashos' agent acknowledged that the gritty right tackle will not be returning to Baltimore.
Pashos' impending departure is for financial reasons, much like the decision the Ravens made to not use a $7.2 million franchise tag to retain All-Pro linebacker Adalius Thomas.
"The deal on Tony is he will no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens," Rick Smith, Pashos' agent, told Ravens Insider in a telephone interview Wednesday morning. "They're moving on from him like they moved on from Adalius Thomas.
"I'm not sure where he's going to be, but Tony's going to be somewhere else. There are no hard feelings. It's a business decision."
Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome had a slightly different take on the situation while acknowledging that the team had no plans to sign Pashos right now.
"We will not have a deal by the beginning of free agency," Newsome said. "At this same point last year, we didn't think we would get Bart Scott back, but we did. We'll wait and see."
After cutting former Pro Bowl runner Jamal Lewis, the Ravens are roughly $11.3 million under the league salary-cap limit of $109 million. "It has nothing to do with their evaluation of Tony," Smith said. "They have made the decision that they've got a solid foundation and to sign guys back they would have to restructure guys and that could break up their foundation. It's understandable, and Tony is going be fine."
At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Pashos' game is built around brute strength and solid technique as he's not a gifted natural athlete.
Drafted in the fifth round in 2003 out of the University of Illinois, Pashos became a full-time starter during the 2005 season, replacing Orlando Brown. He started every game last season for a line that set a franchise record by allowing just 17 sacks.
Pashos dieted and exercised down from 350 pounds, increasing his stamina, flexibility and footwork to transform himself from an overweight backup into a fit, effective NFL starter.
"I don't want to leave any stone unturned in making myself as good a player as I can possibly be," Pashos said last summer during training camp. "That's why I work out so much and watch what I eat. It was a major change for me and I just decided to take this as seriously as possible to compete."
Although All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden is still pondering retirement, team officials and teammates remain optimistic that he will return for one more season.
If Ogden returns on the left side, the team could try to install third-year lineman Adam Terry, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound former second-round draft pick, at right tackle. Plus, the Ravens have been scouting several highly-rated college offensive tackles.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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