Cooling off on Smith?

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

No follow-up yesterday with Steelers free agent

March 03, 2009|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

It appears as if the Ravens' interest in Marvel Smith has cooled.

The Ravens had exploratory talks with the free-agent offensive tackle over the weekend but didn't contact him yesterday. Smith, 30, the longtime left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, missed the final 11 games last season with a disc injury.

The Ravens' talks with Smith could indicate that the team is trying to upgrade at offensive tackle. Willie Anderson is the starting right tackle, but the Ravens could save $2.9 million by cutting him.

The Ravens had expressed interest in another Steeler, free-agent wide receiver Nate Washington, but he signed yesterday with the Tennessee Titans.

Lewis waits

Ray Lewis has been a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He has been a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player and a 10-time Pro Bowl performer.

Now, ESPN and Sports Illustrated have given him a new designation: one of the biggest losers in free agency. According to both Web sites, Lewis was rated among the players and teams who fared the worst after the first weekend of free agency. There was no movement yesterday with Lewis.

Landry interest?

There has been talk in league circles that safety Dawan Landry could get some calls from teams as a restricted free agent.

The Ravens gave him a low tender, which means they will pay him $1 million in 2009. If another team signs him to an offer sheet, the Ravens can match or receive a fifth-round pick (the round Landry was drafted) as compensation.

Landry, 26, suffered a season-ending spinal cord concussion in the second game last season. He is expected to return as the Ravens' starting strong safety this season.

Midnight visit

Bart Scott said yesterday that he did not shop the original New York Jets offer around the league, one that increased one year and $8 million during the day to become a six-year, $48 million deal.

Asked whether he considered the Ravens once free agency started, Scott said he gave his old club a chance to sign him before free agency started. But around midnight Friday, new Jets coach Rex Ryan and assistants Mike Pettine and Dennis Thurman showed up at Scott's doorstep to begin recruiting.

Baltimore Sun sports reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article.

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