Ravens exploring trade option

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens are exploring the possibility of trading for a running back since they have not been able to strike a deal with former Pro Bowl runner Jamal Lewis, an NFL source revealed to scout.com's Adam Caplan and Ravens Insider. While it's unclear which running back the Ravens are looking at trying to acquire, it's no secret that Willis McGahee is on the trading block.

The disgruntled Buffalo Bills starter is entering the final year of his original rookie contract and his agent Drew Rosenhaus would likely seek a lucrative, long-term deal if he's traded. The Ravens remain in negotiations with Lewis and have held preliminary discussions with the agents for Corey Dillon and Chris Brown. Dillon's agent has said that Baltimore is his first choice ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown could also rejoin the Tennessee Titans now that former Titans starter Travis Henry has signed a five-year deal with $12 million in guaranteed money with the Denver Broncos. The Ravens cut Lewis last week rather than pay him a $5 million signing bonus. Lewis was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 when he rushed for 2,066 yards, the second-highest total in league history. Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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