As he surveyed the locker room Sunday following what he called the worst loss of his career, veteran safety Bernard Pollard lamented that what people dont understand is a lot of things are going to change. Being around this league, a lot of things are going to change. Roster turnover happens every offseason in the NFL, but it could be especially significant for the Ravens, who will have in the neighborhood of 20 free agents, a couple of prominent players mulling retirement and several potential salary cap casualties. While middle linebacker Ray Lewis said that he has absolutely not played his last game as a Raven, there was no similar statement from Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who has discussed the prospect of retirement several times this year and in past seasons. Veteran center Matt Birk is also considering retirement.. As for the free agents, the biggest names beyond Rice, Birk and Grubbs are veteran linebackers Jarret Johnson, Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo, defensive end Cory Redding and safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura. Cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams are restricted free agents. Ayanbadejo, a special teams standout, said today that there is pretty much no question that hell return to Baltimore while McClain wants to but could get more lucrative offers elsewhere. The Ravens will also have decisions to make on veteran wide receiver Lee Evans, and defensive backs Chris Carr and Domonique Foxworth. Evans, who had a disappointing first season with the Ravens capped by his failure to haul in the game-winning pass Sunday, is due a $1 million roster bonus in March and would make a base salary of $3.27 million next season. Foxworth and Carrs contracts would also seem to be prohibitive considering their projected roles with the team. I might be here. I might not be here, Carr said. Well just have to wait and see.
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