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Old 02-27-2009, 07:04 AM   #1
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Ravens lose Scott to Jets; Lewis gone, too?
By Adam Schefter

As if it weren’t bad enough to lose linebacker Bart Scott, now the Ravens are in serious jeopardy of losing free-agent linebacker Ray Lewis, too.

Sources close to Lewis were adamant Friday that one of the game’s greatest defensive players will not return to Baltimore and his career with the team is over.

For some reason, Lewis has been rubbed the wrong way in the lengthy negotiations that have occurred between he and the Ravens. Now, Lewis is determined to move on, even if there is no obvious suitor.

The Jets are expected to spend about $8 million per year on Scott, the Dallas Cowboys have insisted they will not be signing any high-profile free agents, and there are no other teams that, at the moment, jump out as potential landing spots for Lewis.

Thus, one of Lewis’ confidants was asked if it were possible that the Ravens now could change their linebacker’s mind. “Not if you knew Ray like I knew Ray,” was his response. He even mentioned retirement as a possibility ahead of returning to Baltimore and insisted it was not a negotiationg ploy. “That’s Ray,” the source said.

For now, Lewis plans to take a couple of days, ponder his plans and then come up with his gameplan. But his gameplan now does not include the Ravens, according to those who know him. Thus Baltimore could wind up losing Lewis to another team or retirement, Scott to the Jets, center Jason Brown to the Rams (Brown is scheduled to visit St. Louis) and cornerback Corey Ivy to the Jets.

Change came to this country in January and it looks like it’s coming to Baltimore as well.

http://blogs.nfl.com/2009/02/27/jets...sign-lb-scott/
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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That Ravens game next season doesn't look so tough anymore.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:09 AM   #3
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Let's see how great Flacco looks when he isn't guaranteed a win any time he throws one TD pass in a game.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:09 AM   #4
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Damn Denver needed Scott
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:28 AM   #5
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:30 AM   #6
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Newsome will have someone in place. I will say I'm glad we're picking before them in the draft.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:33 AM   #7
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why in the hell weren't we working harder to add Scott!!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:37 AM   #8
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why in the hell weren't we working harder to add Scott!!!
Barring illegal tampering, they only had less than 8 hours to make their pitch to him. Pretty tough to make much of a case for yourself in that time, unless you throw ridiculous money at him.....and that's assuming he even would consider coming here regardless of money.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:37 AM   #9
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why in the hell weren't we working harder to add Scott!!!
He only visited one team and it was his old DC.
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don't you think more agents would do what Albert Hansworth had put in his contract that didn't allow them to Tag him again. I bet T sizzle is pissed seeing lesser players like Scott getting big guaranteed dollars and he is still doing the 1 year thing.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:40 AM   #11
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The gross overreaction reagarding the 1st day of free agency is pretty amusing. Keep it up guys.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:41 AM   #12
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why in the hell weren't we working harder to add Scott!!!
Because he made it pretty clear he wanted to either stay in Baltimore or go to the Jets, the cash being all equal.

Turns out the Jets made him a damn nice offer, so he took a preferred destination for as much pay as anyone else would have given him.

Besides Bart Scott is the very definition of 2 down, gap filling system ILB. Spencer Larsen is younger and can fill that role just about as well. So could Jasper Brinkley, available as a 3rd or 4th round pick.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:42 AM   #13
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1. This is no real surprise, even if we think we wanted him. Why wouldn't he want to play for Ryan?
2. Hopefully, it means we get really serious about drafting and training our own this year. I like the LB's that Nolan and Martindale have worked with, so I feel pretty good about this. It would be nice to get a bunch of experienced talent, but it's time to retool - that might as well be with guys we choose in the draft.
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