DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu - Should be a factor in 2003 and beyond.
The Ravens are expected to upgrade their nose tackle position this off-season, but Ma'ake Kemoeatu still figures to be a factor next season and beyond. Unlike last season's starter, Kelly Gregg, the 6'5 330 pound Kemoeatu has the frame and bulk that teams desire at the nost tackle spot. The Utah alum, a rookie free agent in 2002, is still very raw and inconsistent, but has good potential and has already shown an ability to both eat up blockers and collapse the pocket, collecting two sacks during the 2002 season. Gregg is an effort player, who has good leverage, but is still better suited to play as a 3-4 defensive end or a rotation player in a 4-3 rather than as a pure nose tackle.
QB Chris Redman - Ravens anxiously await his first workouts.
The Ravens are eagerly awaiting Chris Redman's first workouts as he rehabs from the back surgery he had in January. The surgery was considered successful, but the proof in the pudding will be when Redman first starts throwing. Actually, the Ravens won't really know much about how Redman's back will be able to handle the rigors of playing until he does just that; play and take some hits. Because of that uncertainty, the Ravens are leaning towards re-signing Jeff Blake and having the veteran quarterback open training camp as the starter.
OG Edwin Mulitalo - Expected back
Left guard Edwin Mulitalo is an unrestricted free agent, but the Ravens will pay his market value. If Mulitalo goes elsewhere, the Ravens would move Mike Flynn to left guard and promote Casey Rabach to center.
OG Jim Jones - Burning up in Germany
The Ravens have allocated Jim Jones to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. Jones, a second year guard from Notre Dame, spent the 2002 season on and off the Ravens practice squad.
MLB Ray Lewis - Man on a mission
Ray Lewis is working harder than ever this off-season as he rehabs from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss 10 of the last 11 games of the 2002 season, and eventually lead to surgery. The Ravens all-pro linebacker is working out six to eight hours a day, mostly doing range-of-motion work with his shoulder underwater. Lewis feels he's a month ahead of schedule, Ravens trainer Bill Tessendorf feels it's closer to a week or two. Either way, the Ravens have to be pleased with his progress. The Super Bowl XXXV MVP is also ready to re-establish himself as the game's best linebacker, a spot that was generally considered to be held by Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks as this past season wore on. "I have nothing to worry about," Lewis told the Baltimore Sun. "I just train and go home. Train and go home. I wanted to get the surgery done and over with, get back to the point where I am today. I always follow the famous quote that 'The best never rest.' That [Brooks] thing has [ticked] me off. The worst thing to do to me was put me in seclusion. It gave me too much time to think, and I'm always trying to find ways to get better."
WR Marc Lester - On the way to Frankfurt
The Ravens have allocated Marc Lester to NFL Europe. The 6'4 200 pound wide out will play for the Frankfurt Galaxy. As a rookie in 2002, the Morgan State alum spent the season on the Ravens practice squad.
CB Chris McAlister - Ravens won't let him hit the market
The Ravens will either sign Chris McAlister to a long term deal in the next couple of weeks or franchise the 25 year old cornerback before he can hit the free agent market. McAlister can be inconsistent at times, but is still among the top dozen or so cornerbacks in the NFL, and in a league starved for shutdown cornerbacks, he would command a huge amount of attention if he were able to hit the market. The Ravens won't let that happen, though, and knowing just how important he is to their continued rebuilding efforts, they will gladly absorb the nearly $6 million cap hit for franchising him if necessary. Both the team and McAlister have expressed an interest in signing a long term deal, and if one isn't worked out before the franchise deadline, one should be worked out later this year.