Released by the Ravens on May 11, Boulware missed the entire 2004 season after suffering a knee injury in the next-to-last game of the 2003 season against the Cleveland Browns on December 21, 2003. He underwent microfracture surgery in January of 2004. Microfracture surgery, where holes are drilled in the bone so that blood can drip through and form a replacement cushion for the cartilage that no longer is there, is a radical knee surgery which generally takes 18-24 months of recovery time. The odds of total recovery for NFL players who have the procedure are iffy. For every Bruce Smith and DeShaun Foster who beat the odds, there’s a John Randle and Eric Swann who find their post-microfracture careers to be anywhere from short to non-existent.
Boulware also suffered a turf toe injury on November 4 of last year when he was trying to work his way back from the physically unable to perform list.
Boulware’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, recently told ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli about the thought process behind the workout. "It's obvious Pete is going to have to go out and show teams that he's healthy before they offer him a contract," Barnes told Pasquarelli. "And if that's the case, then I'd rather have him do it one time, for everyone, rather than have to go through a series of these things. Like a come-one-come-all kind of thing. That's the way we're thinking now, if we can set it up at a time and place that works for everybody."
The Ravens’ all-time sack leader (67.5 sacks in his eight-year career, and never less than seven in a season until 2004), Boulware was the team’s second-round draft pick in 1997. Were the Seahawks to acquire his services, he would most likely be positioned as a defensive end on pass-rushing downs. Boulware is said to want starter’s money, while teams that have shown interest (the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans are among the other suitors) might slot him as a situational player. Seattle is rumored by some to have the inside track on Boulware, as his younger brother Michael is the starting strong safety, and he’d be reunited with a former teammate - LB Jamie Sharper, who signed with the Seahawks on April 21.
Thursday’s workout will bring Peter Boulware’s future into far sharper focus – for him and the teams who seek his services.
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