Seahawk Nation Blog Free Agency Rumor Mill

Published on February 15, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

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RUMORS

T.O. talks to Ray Lewis
Dallas Morning News – Feb 12, 2009
Whether Terrell Owens will be with the Cowboys or not, he’s reaching out to free agent linebacker and Baltimore Raven icon Ray Lewis. In the past, Owens told me he’s been contact with Lewis, who expressed an interest in playing for the Cowboys. This off-season, Owens reached out to Jerry Jones to make a sales pitch if you will for Lewis to join Dallas…

Suggs’ Take
NFL Network/BaltimoreRavens.com – Feb 12, 2009
In an interview with the NFL Network, LB/DE Terrell Suggs expressed his optimism in returning to the Ravens. “I know we’ll get something done,” said Suggs. “I showed them last year that I love the city of Baltimore and I wanted to be a Raven. I’m hopeful.”…

Franchising Lewis Will Cost $11.313 Million
ProFootballTalk.com – Feb 10, 2009
According to Adam Schefter, Lewis’ franchise tender would be $11.313 million by virtue of a 20% raise over his 2008 salary being greater than the average of the five highest paid players at the position. USA Today’s salary database has Lewis’ 2008 cap figure at $9,428,814…

Harbaugh enters Lewis conversation
Baltimore Sun – Feb 10, 2009
And there’s no question the Baltimore Ravens definitely want Ray.” Which NFL team will sign Ray Lewis this offseason? Harbaugh was unavailable to clarify…

10-Pack: NFL teams facing tough decisions with franchise tag
SportingNews.com – Feb 9, 2009
Three Baltimore linebackers are scheduled to hit the free-agent market — Terrell Suggs, Bart Scott and Ray Lewis. Scott might be the guy who gets the tag. Unless deals can be worked out with Suggs and Lewis, Scott might be the only one left come the start of the 2009 regular season regarding…

Pro Bowl notes: Ravens ready to pay big to keep Ray Lewis
USA Today – Feb 8, 2009
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, 33, says his best football is ahead of him and he will “be buckling up a chin …

Lewis dodges at Pro Bowl
New York Post – Feb 8, 2009
Days after saying he’d be willing to consider playing for the Jets or Cowboys if things can’t be worked out with the Ravens, linebacker Ray Lewis refused to…

Ray Lewis: Cowboys or Jets would be attractive landing spots
USA Today – Feb 5, 2009
Ray Lewis now says he won’t give the Ravens a hometown discount. And he’s also saying nice things about the Dallas Cowboys. The linebacker, an original…

Ray Lewis: No Hometown Discount
Baltimore Sun – Feb 6, 2009
Ray Lewis told the NFL Network earlier this week that he won’t give the Ravens a hometown discount in contract negotiations this offseason…

Ray Lewis From the Pro Bowl
BaltimoreRavens.com – Jan 29, 2009
NFL Network’s Jamie Duke talks with Ray Lewis in Hawaii on free agency topics such as a “hometown discount” and the prospects of playing with the Ravens, Cowboys and Jets…

Star linebacker says matter is between himself and God
Baltimore Sun – Jan 30, 2009
In his first comments to the Baltimore media this offseason, Ray Lewis yesterday was…

Ravens may have eye on Cards’ Boldin after Super Bowl
Baltimore Sun – Jan 28, 2009
Although the Ravens failed to reach the Super Bowl this season, could their future No. 1 widereceiver be playing in it? Arizona’s Anquan Boldin will likely…

Mailbag: Jerry Jones Wanting To Sign Ray Lewis?
DallasCowboys.com – Jan 20, 2009
Mostly, I do think its wishful thinking, especially since it would be tampering if the Cowboys actually were engaging Lewis or his agent in contract discussions at this point in the off-season…

Cowboys interested in Ravens’ Lewis?
Baltimore Sun – Jan 19, 2009
Word around the NFL is that the Dallas Cowboys are very interested in obtaining Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis if he becomes a free agent…

Suggs suggests Ravens trio give discount
Baltimore Sun – Jan 26, 2009
Just days after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he hoped star linebacker Ray Lewis would take a “hometown discount” on his next contract and end his career with the Ravens, Terrell Suggs went a step further. Suggs suggested that he and fellow linebackers Lewis and Bart Scott could all remain with the Ravens if they give the team a discount…

Ravens Hopeful to Sign Lewis
BaltimoreRavens.com – Jan 29, 2009
“I’ve been hopeful forever that we’re going to work a deal,” Bisciotti said. “I said last year to you, in our one year interview – I don’t think that other people are going to value Ray Lewis higher than we do. We know what he brings to the table, and he’s showing that at 33 he’s capable of playing like a 28-year-old. “So, I’ve got my wife on a budget already to try and save some money so we can sign him,” he added with a laugh…

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RAVENS 2009 FREE AGENTS

Unrestricted Free Agents (players with four or more years’ service time at the end of a contract, can be signed elsewhere with no compensation to player’s old team)

QBs Kyle Boller and Todd Bouman, C Jason Brown, WR Terrance Copper, CB Corey Ivy, SS Jim Leonhard, ILBs Bart Scott and Ray Lewis, OLB Terrell Suggs, T Chad Slaughter, FB Lorenzo Neal, K Matt Stover, TE Daniel Wilcox

Restricted Free Agents (players with three years’ service time at the end of a contract, must be tendered offer sheet by April 17, Ravens have seven days to match)

P Sam Koch, SS Dawan Landry, CBs Derrick Martin and Evan Oglesby, DT Brandon McKinney, LB Robert McCune, TE Quinn Sypniewski, WRs Demetrius Williams and Marcus Maxwell , RB P.J. Daniels

Exclusive-Rights Free Agents (players with two years’ service time at the end of a contract and no negotiating leverage, list subject to change)

DTs Kelly Talavou and Lamar Divens, S Daren Stone, LB Jameel McClain, TE Scott Kuhn, TE-LB Edgar Jones, RB Jalen Parmele

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KEY DATES

February 19: Deadline to designate franchise and/or transition free agents.

February 26: Deadline to submit tender offers to potential restricted free agents and exclusive-rights free agents.

February 27: Veteran free-agency signing period begins. Trading period also begins, expiring in mid-October.

April 17: Signing period ends for restricted free agents.

April 24: Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents

June 1: Deadline for teams to send tender offers to unsigned restricted or unrestricted free agents.

June 15: Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year’s salary.

July 6 (approx.): Claiming period of 24 hours begins in waiver system

July 22 (or first scheduled day of first training camp, whichever is later): Free-agent signing periods ends at 4 p.m. (ET) for transition free agents and unrestricted free agents to whom a June 1 tender was made. After this date and through 4 p.m. (ET) on November 15, the player’s old club has exclusive negotiating rights to these players.

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