VIP Q&A column: Truth and rumors

OWINGS MILLS -- Questions and answers with Ravens Insider publisher Aaron Wilson

Question: Are the Baltimore Ravens likely to trade for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard?

Answer: The asking price is a second-round draft pick, and that could represent an outstanding value for a team with a strong drafting tradition. At this point, it doesn't look like they're actively pursuing Sheppard. They can address cornerback in the draft because of the oustanding depth available. Of course, things can always change. Remember, Ozzie Newsome nearly pulled off a trade years ago with Eagles president Joe Banner for defensive tackle Corey Simon. Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don't make.

Question: With all signs pointing toward the Falcons drafting a QB and not RB(signing Turner, cutting Leftwich and Harrington), I'm starting to get a gut feel that the Ravens might go DE/CB/RT in the early stages of the draft and take Johnson as a developmental QB. Comments?

Answer: Honestly, I do believe the Atlanta Falcons will draft Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. That means the Ravens will want to address either the front seven (Vernon Gholston, Sedrick Ellis) or cornerback (Aqib Talib or Leodis McKelvin) or offensive tackle (Ryan Clady). I don't think Josh Johnson is necessarily the answer. Very raw prospect, but talented. Under this scenario, I think they would opt for Joe Flacco or Chad Henne in the second round. Brian Brohm, if he slides that far, is another possibility. The Ravens love Flacco, though. They are hot on his trail.

Question: Any thoughts on other potential FA signings? Answer: I could see them potentially re-signing Nick Griesen. They're still talking to his agent. I could also envision them adding Cincinnati Bengals free agent wide receiver and return man Tab Perry.

Question: With Favre retiring, do you see the possibility of a Boller trade to GB and if so any guesses on what we could get for him?

Answer: I think the Green Bay Packers already have one Jeff Tedford quarterback too many (Aaron Rodgers) I don't think you could get anything higher than a fourth-round pick for Kyle Boller, so it's a deal that's not worth making really.

Question: Has Landry been at the castle? He blew some coverages and his speed is a little slow once isolated. What does Oz and coaches think of him now?

Answer: I haven't seen Dawan Landry since the season ended, but that doesn't mean necessarily that he hasn't been working out hard, either in Owings Mills at the Ravens' headquarters or back in Louisiana. They still like Dawan Landry a lot, but there's a perception that the league may have figured him out a little bit last year and that he needs a strong pass rush to thrive in pass coverage. I would tend to think he's still a quality starter opposite Ed Reed. But it wasn't a banner campaign for him obviously. It wasn't all his fault, too.

Question: Do you forsee any more cuts before the draft? If so who do you may be gone?

Answer: I would tend to think that Gary Stills might be a tad vulnerable with Brendon Ayanbadejo's arrival. They don't seem to want to cut Samari Rolle, but his salary is kind of high. He seems safe for now.

Question: How is McNairs rehab coming? Is he on thin ice with the organization? If so how thin (on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being one foot out the door)? Thanks Aaron

Answer: Steve McNair has supposedly regained full range of motion in his non-throwing shoulder and his weight is down. As far as the thin ice, John Harbaugh has all but declared this is his quarterback, so I would give him a four on a 10-point scale. Any setbacks in conditioning or health could prove costly for McNair.

Question: Any thoughts on the rumors that CLE might be willing to deal Quinn?

Answer: Actually, this is just a rumor. The truth is that Brady Quinn is very much in Phil Savage's future plans. I think he would be willing to part with Derek Anderson in a year potentially. For now, it's a nice luxury for the Browns to enjoy as they have two quality quarterbacks.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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