Ravens will start negotiations with Haloti Ngata soon

GM Ozzie Newsome hopes to sign star defensive tackle to a long-term contract

July 29, 2011|By Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

General manager Ozzie Newsome said talks on a long-term deal with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will begin in three or four days.

"The Ravens have had talks with the representatives for Haloti Ngata, and as soon as the dust of training camp settles, we will begin talks on a contract extension," Newsome said Friday.

If the Ravens can strike a deal with Ngata, they would create cap room to fill other needs on the team. Ngata, who currently accounts for 10 percent of the Ravens' cap, isn't concerned about the situation.

"I leave the business to the agent," Ngata said after Friday's practice at the team's facility in Owings Mills. "I don't really worry about it. I try to be out here and produce as much as I can."

The Ravens kept Ngata from becoming a free agent by putting the franchise tag on him in February.

Ngata, who is considered one of the top defensive players in the NFL, said he doesn't mind the tag.

"As long as I can get that long-term contract, that's what I'm shooting for," Ngata said.

Suggs ready to practice

Terrell Suggs will be activated off the non-football injury list after passing his physical and conditioning tests Friday, coach John Harbaugh said.

The four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker had been reduced to spectator status for the first two practices of camp with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.

Harbaugh said he's "pretty sure" that Suggs will practice Saturday when the Ravens hold their first full contract practice of training camp.

"One thing we're not going to do is push it — certainly not at this stage of camp," Harbaugh said. "Knowing Terrell, he'll probably push it and want to be out here practicing."

Suggs went to his Twitter account to dispel any concern about his injury "Hammi is all good family," he wrote. "Now let's get back to football."

Grubbs, three others start camp on PUP

The Ravens placed four players on the physically-unable-to-perform list Thursday.

Left guard Ben Grubbs (ankle), wide receiver David Reed (wrist), offensive tackle Ramon Harewood (knees) and defensive tackle Brandon McKinney (undisclosed) all can't practice until they are removed from the list.

"Some guys are going to be on the PUP [physically-unable-to-perform list] for a short period of time, just so we can make sure that they're OK," Harbaugh said after the first practice of training camp Thursday.

Players can only be placed on PUP before the first practice of training camp. They count against the 90-player roster in the preseason. If the players remain on the PUP at the start of the regular season, they will have to miss at least the first six weeks.

Yanda hasn't changed

A five-year, $32 million contract hasn't changed Marshal Yanda, who dined at Subway after driving 15 hours with his newlywed wife from his family's home in Iowa to Baltimore.

In a similar fashion, Yanda said his feelings about staying with the team that selected him in the third round of the draft in 2007 never wavered. Yanda said his agent talked to a few teams about his availability, but Yanda said his preference was to stay put.

"I wanted to stay here all along, and we got to do that," he said Friday. "So I'm excited. I'm real excited to do some good things this season. We have a lot of unfinished business that we've built the last three years, and I'm excited to be a part of that. I'll just keep working hard and get out there and get sweating like everybody else and go to work."

Kindle not timid

Despite just being recently cleared to return to football after a head injury that wiped out his entire rookie campaign, Sergio Kindle said he is not hesitant about initiating contact with his teammates at training camp.

In fact, the outside linebacker said he is eager to suit up and put on pads Saturday, which will be the team's first full-contact practice of camp.

"I'm looking forward to it, just to see how everything goes," Kindle said after Friday's afternoon session. "My mindset is to go out there and play like nothing ever happened, and that's how you've got to do it because going out there and being hesitant and nervous can lead to you not playing well or it can lead to an injury."

Scott offering shirts

Former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, now with the New York Jets, has announced a fundraising campaign using his "Can't Wait" slogan to help Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down last season while making a tackle.

Scott's collection of four limited T-shirt designs, 1,200 in all, will be sold and the proceeds donated to the Eric LeGrand Patriot Saint Foundation. "Can't Wait" T-shirts are on sale at www.cantwait57.com and at Baltimore retailer D.T.L.R, 923 N. Caroline Street.

End zone

Harbaugh confirmed that seven-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed could practice Saturday. "We expect him to be around tomorrow, but that's not 100 percent," Harbaugh said of Reed, who has had to deal with a family situation. "He has to take care of his issue first. But he's working hard to get back here." … Newsome confirmed that the team is in talks with cornerback Chris Carr. … Safety Dawan Landry has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to the Florida Times-Union. Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura are the leading candidates to replace Landry in the starting lineup. … The Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Houston Texans are reportedly in the mix for free-agent fullback Vonta Leach, according to Fox 26 in Houston.



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