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LB Kindle Not Expecting a Long-Term Deal From Ravens

The Ravens official site says that LB Sergio Kindle isn’t thinking that he’s going to get a long-term deal from the Ravens anytime soon.

Now that Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle has been cleared for football contact for the first time since sustaining a head injury last summer and is expected to participate in training camp, the next question is obvious: What will his contract look like?

Kindle’s agent, Joel Segal, understands that his client has to demonstrate he can not only handle football contact, but also prove he’s still a special player, before talks of a long-term contract can begin. “No, I don’t think we’ll do long-term right now,” Segal told Vinny Cerrato and Ken Weinman on 105.7 The Fan yesterday. “Once Sergio sees the Sergio Kindle who was the special player at Texas, that he’s healthy, that he’s ready to roll, the difference-maker that we know he will be if he’s healthy, I think at that point, hopefully we’ll have a conversation.”

Despite not expecting Kindle to play at all in 2010, the Ravens still signed Kindle last September to a reported one-year deal worth the standard rookie salary of $320,000. The Ravens put faith in Kindle’s return, and now that he will be back, he has a big year ahead. He must prove the team’s faith was warranted and that he is ultimately deserving of a longer-term deal. “Serg was obviously on a small contract [last year], and hopefully, once he’s healthy and ready to go, it will be a contract we expect,” said Segal.

“He has been working out hard, he’s obviously extra hungry. He’s focused, ready. You know, now he’s just got to get some contact and show everybody that he’s the old Sergio Kindle.”

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