"I'd rather be a Raven," the strong safety said Monday. "I feel like we've built something here, and there's great chemistry on the team. I think we're almost at that next level. A play here and a play there and we would've been in the Super Bowl. It'd be nice to finish this thing that we started."
The lasting image of the Ravens' 2010 season was wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh dropping what would have been a first-down pass on fourth-and-18 in the final two minutes of an eventual 31-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC divisional playoff game Jan. 15.
"I still haven't moved on," Houshmandzadeh, an unrestricted free agent who is hoping to latch onto either the Ravens or another franchise for an 11th season, said Monday. "I have a lot of pride about what I do, and I'm very, very competitive. … It ended in a terrible way, a way that I never thought it would have ended. But I don't know what's going to happen. I really don't. But I wish I would've played the way I normally play, and I didn't. So that's why I look forward to the end of the lockout because I wholeheartedly believe that things will be a whole lot different."
Herzlich signs with Giants, not Ravens
There were multiple reports Monday night linking the Ravens with Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, a cancer survivor who was arguably the most well-known undrafted free agent available.
But Herzlich posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning that he had chosen to sign with the New York Giants. "Decision is made I will be a GIANT can't wait to get to NYC. Thank you for everything."
Four undrafted rookies confirmed to signing with the Ravens are offensive linemen Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse) and Justin Boren (Ohio State), running back Walter Sanders (St. Augustine) and wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Maryland).
Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.