Even when the NFL's labor problems are solved, it still will be an uncertain time for wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth.
Both are unrestricted free agents after playing one disappointing season with the Ravens, and both aren't guaranteed to return to the team.
Asked about the future of Houshmandzadeh and Stallworth with the Ravens, coach John Harbaugh said, "The answer is I don't really know. You can't put a percentage basis on it. There are so many things that are up in the air at this time."Houshmandzadeh, 33, caught 30 passes last season, his lowest total since 2003 and a 63 percent drop from his 2009 total. Even though he signed on as the Ravens' No. 3 wide receiver, he often complained about his reduced role on the offense.
Stallworth, 30, finished with more carries (five) than catches (a career-low two). Harbaugh explained that Stallworth failed to find his niche in the offense after the team's fastest wide receiver missed the first seven games with a foot injury.
"Those guys are free and they're not under contract. I just don't know," Harbaugh said. "I like all of those guys. As a coach, you want all the good players you can get. Then you like having veteran players too. It's not always possible to keep all of those guys. I know it's not an answer. But if I had a better one, I would give it to you."
The Ravens could be looking at David Reed, who led the NFL in kickoff average as a rookie, as a possibility for the No. 3 wide receiver spot in 2011.
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