Adams is eager to repay Packers

Ravens notebook

Pro Bowl tackle nearly signed with Green Bay, but money wasn't enough

Pro Football

October 12, 2001|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

Eighteen months later, Sam Adams is taking that flight to Green Bay.

Adams, the Ravens' Pro Bowl defensive tackle, was a free agent back on draft day 2000 and had almost resigned himself to signing with the Packers after negotiations stalled with the Ravens. It got to the point where Adams had checked out of his Owings Mills hotel room and was waiting at Baltimore-Washington International Airport to board a plane.

But the Ravens reached Adams on his cell phone and agreed on a deal about an hour before he was to leave.

The signing of Adams became one of the final touches in assembling last season's Super Bowl championship team. The eight-year veteran is a disruptive force in the middle, agile enough to pursue quarterbacks and strong enough to crush running backs.

"We're glad he didn't get on that plane," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Thank God for cell phones."

The memory of negotiating with the bargain-seeking Packers has not been forgotten by Adams.

"I remember them bottom feeding," Adams said. "They didn't want to pay me any money because they didn't think I was a very good player and they wanted to try to get me for cheap. They had been negotiating with me for a couple of months.

"It's a great organization, but I wanted to play for the Baltimore Ravens. And I got a ring."

Mulitalo still hurting

Left guard Edwin Mulitalo was downgraded from probable to questionable with a knee injury.

"He's got some swelling in there," trainer Bill Tessendorf said. "We downgraded him because he didn't practice. If he feels good, we'll increase his activity."

Mulitalo, who has started 32 straight games, injured his knee in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Titans when someone rolled on the back of his leg. He left briefly but returned to the game.

On Monday, he said his leg was swollen and kept locking up on him. If he is unable to play, Kipp Vickers or Orlando Bobo would replace him.

"I think we're just going through some precautionary measures," said Mulitalo of missing practice. "We'll see [today.] That is the real test. If I get out there and do some things, we'll see what happens. If not, I miss my shot at Lambeau Field."

Injury report

There were no other changes to the Ravens' injury report, with defensive end Rob Burnett (calf) and tight end Todd Heap (ankle) both remaining questionable. Defensive end Michael McCrary and defensive tackle Tony Siragusa (respiratory) are probable.

For the second straight day, those four players did not practice in the non-padded workout, but Burnett and McCrary participated in the walkthrough session.

Heap, the team's first-round pick, said the ankle sprain has loosened but he is not optimistic about playing.

"Day-to-day, it's getting a lot better," he said.

Freeman stating his case

Packers receiver and Baltimore native Antonio Freeman tried to clear the air this week, saying his comments after Green Bay's loss at Tampa Bay were taken out of context by reporters.

Following his one-catch performance, Freeman said he has been open this season, but still wasn't getting the ball.

Coming home

This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for backup center Casey Rabach.

The third-round pick out of Wisconsin grew up a half-hour away from Green Bay in nearby Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He was a long-time Packers fan and has attended countless games at Lambeau Field.

"There's not much to do up there," said Rabach, who has yet to take his first NFL snap. "You're either hunting or going to watch the Packers."

End zone

With Terry Allen's 108 yards rushing on Sunday, the Ravens raised their record to 21-4-1 in games with a 100-yard rusher, winning the past 14 times. ... The Ravens are 0-2 on the road against NFC Central teams. ... The Ravens have 16 players who are more than 30 years old, the most of any team in the league.

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