Ravens to meet with Mulitalo's agent

OWINGS MILLS – The agent for Baltimore Ravens unrestricted free agent offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo has a meeting scheduled with Ravens executive Pat Moriarty during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala. Mulitalo, a starter on the offensive line since his rookie season in 1999, is confident his representative, Ed Cunningham, will be able to strike a market-value deal with Baltimore's Moriarty, the Ravens' director of football administration.

The annual Senior Bowl game, scheduled for Jan. 18 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, is a week filled with rumors flying about coaches and players as well as a heavy week of talent evaluation. It's also a week when agents and negotiators begin to hammer out deals and define parameters for contract structure and price.

"I think it will happen," Mulitalo said. "I just have to be patient and wait. Hopefully, it will happen before free agency starts in March. Hopefully, that's what's going to go on."

The Ravens' other prominent unrestricted free agents include cornerback Chris McAlister, quarterback Jeff Blake and receiver Brandon Stokley.

Mitch Frankel, McAlister's agent, and Ralph Cindrick, Blake's agent, didn't return telephone calls seeking comment on their respective clients' contract talks.

Veteran cornerback James Trapp, an unrestricted free agent who intercepted three passes with 11 pass deflections and a sack this season, said this is an uncertain time. Especially, at the advanced age of 32.

"We've got to see what's going to happen," Trapp said. "I'm a free agent and, hopefully, we can get something worked out. If we can, I'd love to come back. But, if not, I'm still playing next year. I know that. I just hope I'm going to be here."

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