Ravens' meeting with free-agent Marlin Jackson inconclusive

Cornerback for Colts expected to visit Eagles, Jets

March 10, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

The Ravens' first free-agent visit likely won't be their first free-agent signing.

Marlin Jackson, the cornerback from the Indianapolis Colts, left his meeting with the Ravens on Tuesday without a contract, saying his visit was more of an exploratory exercise for the team.

Jackson has suffered two serious knee injuries the past two seasons, which has led to him finishing on injured reserve in 2008 and 2009. He was given a physical exam and met with team officials at Ravens headquarters.

"We were just feeling each other out and getting a sense of what I'm looking for and what they're looking for," Jackson told the team's Web site. "They wanted to wait a little bit and see me move with the fact that I'm coming off an [anterior cruciate ligament injury]. I need to move a little bit more before going further."

Jackson is expected to visit the Philadelphia Eagles today. He also has a meeting with the New York Jets.

The Ravens are looking to add depth at cornerback because knee injuries ended the 2009 seasons of Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington.

Jackson's agent did not return messages from The Baltimore Sun.

Bannan got big bucks
It was finally revealed what lured Justin Bannan from the Ravens to the Denver Broncos on Friday. The defensive tackle signed a five-year, $22 million contract, which included a $6.3 million signing bonus and $10.5 million in guarantees.

Under the "Final Eight" plan, the Ravens can sign another unrestricted free agent to a contract similar to the one given to Bannan.

The team can also sign one free agent to a contract that exceeds $5.8 million in the first season.

Could Edwards re-sign?
No deals for free-agent defensive end Dwan Edwards could be a positive sign for the Ravens.

Edwards left Denver and Seattle over the weekend without any deals, which could mean that the Ravens still have a shot at re-signing their 2004 second-round pick.

Some teams could be worried about giving a long-term deal to Edwards, who had spinal fusion surgery in 2008.

Edwards took over for Trevor Pryce this season and started nine games.

He finished 10th on the team with 50 tackles.

Ravens at Utah's pro day
The Ravens' offensive line coaches attended Utah's pro day Monday, according to NFL.com.

The top lineman prospect at Utah is Zane Beadles, a four-year starting guard. He is 6 feet 4, 307 pounds. Beadles is expected to be picked in the draft's fourth round.

The Ravens were also among the large contingent - 31 of 32 teams were present - for Oklahoma's pro day Tuesday.

Baltimore Sun reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article.

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