Let the Bidding Begin

The weeks of waiting are finally over and at least some of the speculation can be laid to rest about Baltimore’s free agents. Or maybe it’s only just begun. Here is a recap of some of the top stories from this Friday.

Bart Scott signs with the Jets???

As of this writing, a “league source” is claiming that Scott has signed with the New York Jets to the tune of 6 years at 48 million dollars. I’ll still hold off until it’s truly official but it’s looks like Scott is gone to reunite with Rex Ryan to be the centerpiece of his defense.

All day I checked the sources who said that Scott had signed as early as ten this morning but it was simply media trying to get the jump on each other as nothing was ever finalized and no press conference scheduled. In fact I now hear that there was a bidding war between Baltimore and New York between the money and the years. But it may come down to Scott being able to be the focus, something that I’m unsure Baltimore would be able to do..yet.

Ray Lewis Gets No Offers on Day One

The Cowboys were a no show and the Jets showed which Raven they really wanted. So it would seem that the talk of the past week was simply just that. Now Lewis appears to be playing his final card, claiming that he may think about retirement if Baltimore’s offer is not deemed suitable.

This story isn’t close to being over but with each passing day it will get more intriguing. Lewis and the team are still in close contact and if Scott is out of the picture both sides seem to need each other. Will Lewis give in and take Baltimore’s offer to finish his career as a Raven?

I said before and stand by it that he will not find a better money offer out there from the league. But, Lewis has shown to have quite an ego to match his profile and the retirement card is a weak last stand. If he does accept he will need to make nice with his owner, Steve Bischotti who is none to pleased about Lewis’ bargaining style and the hometown fans who are starting to sour on his open love to play elsewhere. Will he be forced to swallow some pride?

Ravens sign CB – Foxworth – 4 yrs. – 27 million

So what if Mark Texiera didn’t come home, Domonique Foxworth will do just nicely instead. Foxworth played high school ball in Catonsville and guarded the secondary for the Terps. The speedy Foxworth should pair with Fabian Washington and help replace Chris McAlister’s vacant spot.

He is a bit undersized at 5’11” but makes up for it with excellent quickness. This also casts some doubt on Samari Rolle’s future. Will the team ask for a pay cut and will he accept it if they ask?

Foxworth made Baltimore fans happy during today’s press conference with this quote, “I’ve dreamed of playing here.” Well, at least someone want to be here.

Jason Brown will sign with some other team

No question about it Brown is out the door and he had a few harsh words for the franchise as he left to St. Louis. He said the offense would never improve until they spent money on that side of the ball. That may have some validity to it as most of the payroll is invested in the D.

But Brown who converted to Center wanted Guard money. That’s a difference of 2 million dollars and with so many free agents that does mean something to the team. The two sides weren’t close so Brown is off to seek his fortune.

He may get the money he seeks from a team starved for offensive line help but he won’t get it here. He’s a very good player but not quite the level that deserves to be the highest paid interior lineman in the league. Chris Chester will move over when Marshall Yanda returns to Guard.

And this was just after the first day. No doubt there will be more twists and turns over the next few months as we head towards the draft.

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