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Cornerback Chris Carr said Friday the Ravens voted unanimously to decertify the NFL Players Association should that become necessary in the course of negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement.

More than half the players met NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith in the team auditorium after practice on short notice to take the vote. The Ravens are at least the eighth team to vote to decertify in Smith deems that strategy necessary.

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"It gives us more legal options," said Carr, who is a player rep with tight end Todd Heap.

Carr also said the Ravens showed solidarity for the union in the meeting.

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While the players are represented by the union, they cannot sue the NFL or its owners over a lockout. But without the union, they would have that option. It was a tactic former executive director Gene Upshaw used to gain the upper hand in a previous negotiation for the CBA.

In addition, the Ravens also selected player reps for the 2011 season -- assuming there is no lockout -- and Derrick Mason, Matt Birk and Carr were voted in as the reps.

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