Jarret Johnson: 'Nothing active going on' in contract talks

March 03, 2012|By Mike Preston

There could be change for the Ravens this offseason, especially with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano becoming head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Pagano in Baltimore, there were only two other AFC head coaches who knew the Ravens system and the value of certain players. But both New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis have been joined by Pagano. 

There will be a bidding war, or at least threats, on several of the Ravens other unrestricted free agents. Both Ryan and Pagano will go hard after linebackers Jameel McClain and Jarret Johnson. And even if they can't match certain offers, they can force other teams to over pay and cause eventual salary cap problems. 

"I'm sure they have talked," said Johnson of the Ravens and his agent. "But there is nothing active going on. The Ravens will be in the mix. I have been there so long. I have a lot of friends on the team, so it's natural that I would want to stay there." 

"I love my teammates but I'm not idiot," Johnson said. "I know how this business works and I know how Ozzie works. You prepare for this time and it's always in your mind, but what I've done over the last five years I can't change now. I'd like to add a few more sacks and a few more tackles, but I can't. The body of work is there for them to judge." 

Ravens safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski, both unrestricted free agents and basically special teams performers in Baltimore, will probably get starting offers from other teams.

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