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Ravens: Everyone may now exhale

Ravens: Everyone may now exhale

Can't say I'm surprised that the Ravens have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with linebacker and team leader Ray Lewis. I never really doubted that he would be back, even though it seemed like the team eroded its own bargaining position a couple of times during the process.

Don't know that Ray played it right either, since he offended some fans with the way he seemed to court other teams in that NFL Network interview before the Pro Bowl, but all will be long forgotten by the time the Ravens open the 2009 season six months from now.

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Ravens fans probably should be more relieved that the team signed veteran center Matt Birk today to replace the departed Jason Brown. That's a big fill right there.

Shameless radio plug: We're going to talk football on WBAL's Sportsline tonight. Ravens beat guy Jamison Hensley will join me during the first half of the show and Ravens announcer Gerry Sandusky will pop in during the final half hour. If you're outside of signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon. Should be fun.

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