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New and Rumors from the past 48 hrs

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QB Jeff Blake Qb To Visit Steelers 03/05/03
6:41pm ET
SteelCitySports.com

The Ravens, who have failed to find common ground with QB Jeff Blake, will now turn their sights toward Stewart as competition for Chris Redman. Blake has been seeking an incentive-laden contract that will pay him starter's money should he reach certain playing time, production, and victory plateaus. Baltimore, despite Blake's success in 2002, has been unwilling to meet his demands.

Blake will visit with the Steelers Sunday.

More on this story
http://steelers.theinsiders.com/2/97320.html

CB Corey Fuller Signs three-year deal 03/05/03
2:23am ET
TheInsiders.com

CB Corey Fuller, released last week by Cleveland for salary cap reasons, has signed a three-year deal with the Ravens. Financial terms were not yet known.

OT Orlando Brown Will visit Baltimore by the end of the week 03/05/03
12:01am ET
BynersInsiders.com

The Ravens are expected to entertain free agent offensive tackle Orlando Brown by the end of week. The 32 year-old Brown played for the Ravens from 1996 to 1998, but hasn't played since an eye injury forced him out of the NFL in 1999. Among the other teams considered to be interested in signing Brown are the Chargers, Rams and Vikings.

OLB Cornell Brown Productive talks with Ravens 03/04/03
12:27pm ET
BynersInsiders.com

The agent for Cornell Brown told the Baltimore Sun that headway has been made in keeping the free agent linebacker in a Ravens uniform. "We've had productive conversations with Baltimore," Joel Segal said, "but we have talked with other teams." One of those other teams appear to be the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are now coached by Brown's former linebacker coach with the Ravens, Jack Del Rio.

DE Adalius Thomas Given the low tender by the Ravens 03/04/03
12:18pm ET
BynersInsiders.com

The Ravens officially announced their tenders for restricted free agents on Monday, and contrary to previous reports, defensive end Adalius Thomas was given the low tender of $605,000. With the low tender, if a team signs a player to an offer sheet that the Ravens failed to match, they would receive a draft pick in compensation equal to where that player was originally drafted. In Thomas's case, that would be a 6th round pick. Earlier reports had suggested that the 6'2 270 pound defensive end had received a 1st round tender of $1.3 million from the Ravens.

QB Jeff Blake Still no major progress in talks 03/04/03
10:29am ET
BynersInsiders.com

The Baltimore Ravens reported on Monday that they had made no real progress in contract talks with free agent quarterback Jeff Blake. Coach Brian Billick did try to clear the team's position on the 32 year-old Blake when the two met last week in Florida. "I've been surprised before, but Jeff truly believes this is the place for him to solidify himself [as an NFL starter]," Billick told the Baltimore Sun. "There's no guarantees. Everybody knows that. That doesn't rule out Chris Redman by any stretch of the imagination. It doesn't mean we won't still look at a veteran quarterback and it doesn't mean we might not take a quarterback with the first pick [in the draft]. "I made that very clear to Jeff that we're talking about Jeff Blake and the Baltimore Ravens and what you can do to make us a championship club. We're not adopting you. Like every player, you have to compete. He responded very well to that." The Ravens and Blake are believed to be close on the overall per year salary and signing bonus to the quarterback, but are as much as $3 million apart on the possible first year payout and incentives that the quartrback can earn.

WR Brandon Stokley Dolphins among five teams showing interest 03/04/03
10:19am ET
BynersInsiders.com

The agent for free-agent wide receiver Brandon Stokley as told Byner's Insiders' Aaron Wilson that five teams have an interest in his client. Reports in both Baltimore and south Florida indicate that one of those teams are the Miami Dolphins. Wide receiver is a clear area of need for the Dolphins as the only wide outs from their normal 2002 receiver rotation under contract are James McKnight and Chris Chambers.


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