The disappearance of offensive tackle Jared Gaither from the practice field one day after he was moved from left tackle to right tackle seems like another ruse by his imaginative agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
Gaither didn't know of the switch until Friday morning. Somewhere in the day's two practices, he came down with a mysterious injury that kept him in the training room Saturday. A skeptic would suggest the injury was to his pride and/or ego.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was unable to identify when or how Gaither got hurt, and concluded by saying it was a "series of things." Cameron was supportive of and complimentary toward Gaither.
But the fact is, Gaither has yet to sign his tender, and, apparently, Rosenhaus believes he can get Gaither more money in a trade. Rumors have had him moving to Buffalo, Oakland, Dallas or Washington.
With rookie Ramon Harewood lost for possibly a month to a knee injury, it leaves the Ravens down two tackles for their offseason workouts. Rosenhaus will use leverage when he has it, but sometimes abuses that leverage, as he did when he allowed a circus to unfold on live TV when he had Terrell Owens doing situps in his driveway a few years ago. That turned out to be a huge hit on Owens' already poor image.
It was only a year ago that two Rosenhaus clients -- Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett -- missed some minicamp practice time in Arizona with hamstring injuries. Both players were unhappy with their contract situation.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt had no trouble getting to the real story.
"They showed up last night and reported an injury that we weren't aware of," Whisenhunt said, "so as part of our procedure we sent them for MRIs. Hey, we know what's going on, so I'm really not going to have much to say about that."
Boldin eventually found his way to Baltimore and the contract he didn't get in Arizona.
As for Gaither, he hasn't signed his tender and isn't under contract. That means he doesn't have to report to minicamp, even a mandatory one, as this is. But it sends a clear message about where his priorities lie. And those priorities aren't to be on the field with his teammates. That message is not lost in the locker room.