Oher wasn't always pleased about the movie in the past, especially the moments during which he's initially portrayed as a neophyte on the football field. Now, Oher says his attitude toward all of the extra attention has changed.

"It doesn't matter to me anymore," Oher said. "With all that's happening, it is what it is. I've learned to embrace it and what comes with it."

This shapes up as a pivotal year for Oher as he reaches a career crossroads in Baltimore.

Entering the final year of his $13.499 million rookie deal that included $7.82 million in guaranteed money, Oher is due a $3.785 million base salary this season. The Ravens have a decision to make on whether to re-sign Oher, who's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The Ravens had preliminary contract talks with Oher about a year ago about a long-term deal, according to a league source, but never got close to the numbers it would have taken to strike a deal. They aren't currently in talks.

As a right tackle, Oher's compensation will be much lower than the pay of a left tackle.

Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas is playing under a seven-year, $89.6 million contact that included $37 million in guaranteed money. A recent deal for New England Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was much more modest, paying him $16.75 million over four years with a $7 million signing bonus.

"I would love to be here, but we'll see how it goes," Oher said. "I'm working hard and concentrating on this year. If something happens, it happens. If not, I'll continue to work hard."



Michael Oher

Age: 27

Size: 6 feet 4, 315 pounds

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

College: Mississippi

Career starts: 64

Acquired: Drafted in first round, 23rd overall after Ravens traded up three spots to the New England Patriots' pick.

Contract status: Entering final year of rookie deal

[Aaron Wilson]