Carlisle a possible link for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- Denver Broncos free agent offensive lineman Cooper Carlisle is interested again in possibly joining the Baltimore Ravens, but no signing is imminent and no visit is currently planned. In fact, Carlisle is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins.

"The Seahawks called at 12:02 a.m. and said they were interested in Cooper," said Frank Murtha, Carlisle's agent. "I hope to speak to the Ravens. We would be interested in talking to the Ravens. I would think he would be a fit."
Carlisle has the capability of playing guard and tackle, versatility that could potentially intrigue the Ravens. Murtha said teams have told him that Carlisle is regarded as the third-best guard available after former Cincinnati Bengals starter Eric Steinbach, who is going to the Cleveland Browns, and San Diego Chargers free agent Kris Dielman.
"I would expect his itinerary, which we're working on today, to closely follow the teams they've been involved with as well," Murtha said.
Baltimore reached a verbal agreement with Carlisle prior to the 2005 season, but he reneged on the deal and signed with the Broncos again as Denver coach Mike Shanahan couriered a contract to Carlisle's home immediately after talking him out of the deal.
Baltimore wound up signing Keydrick Vincent to a three-year contract and installing him as their starting right guard.
"There's no hard feelings," Murtha said. "I've seen them face to face since then and Ozzie Newsome gave me a little friendly poke and said, 'Now, Frank, if we ever want to sign Cooper again you're not going to back out of the deal are you?' and I said, 'Ozzie, no problem at all.' I did the tell the Broncos this year there would be no Baltimore-Broncos Carlisle repeat. It's in the past."
The Ravens held discussions with Murtha last year on punter Jason Baker, but he signed with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore wound up drafting Nebraska punter Sam Koch to replace Dave Zastudil. Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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