Assuming players with four years of service become unrestricted free agents, the Ravens will have 14 players (including six starters) who will hit the open market when the lockout ends. There will likely be a 15th free agent because the Ravens are expected to cut Willis McGahee, too.
Here's a projection of who will be staying and going for the Ravens:
Prescott Burgess, linebacker/special teams ace: The Ravens didn't extend a restricted free-agent tender to Burgess, who has led the Ravens in special teams tackles the past two seasons. But he should be able to be retained at a minimal cost.
Chris Carr, cornerback: Carr is smart, dependable and versatile, which makes him very valuable to the Ravens. He has already shown he can play cornerback and nickel back. And there's talk he could move to safety. That's an attractive safety net for the Ravens at cornerback (with Domonique Foxworth coming off a torn ACL) and safety (if Dawan Landry signs elsewhere).
Marshal Yanda, guard-tackle: Yanda seems to feel at home with the Ravens, and the Ravens have made it clear that Yanda is a priority. The coaches believe a key to getting the running game back on track is moving Yanda back to right guard. It would be a surprise if the Ravens let Yanda get away.UP IN THE AIR
Marc Bulger, quarterback: Everyone has Bulger playing next season for Arizona, Cincinnati or Miami. That might be jumping the gun. The Ravens really want a proven veteran to back up Joe Flacco, and Bulger enjoyed a season where he wasn't the defense's tackling dummy. The biggest hurdle is finding another $3 million for Bulger when the salary cap goes back into effect.
Chris Chester, guard-center: Chester has never appeared happy with how the Ravens have used him, and the Ravens want him to get stronger before making him the heir apparent to Matt Birk at center. Since the Ravens didn't draft a center, Chester could be their best option next year as the top backup there.
Le'Ron McClain, fullback: The Ravens would like to keep him because he can fill the big-back void (McGahee is expected to get cut) and he can play fullback. But the Ravens are probably looking to pick up a block-first fullback (perhaps Houston's Vonta Leach or Cleveland's Lawrence Vickers) to rev up the running game.
Tony Moll, guard-tackle: Adequate backup who should come cheap. The question is whether the Ravens truly want him back.
Jared Gaither, offensive tackle: This was Gaither's 2010 recap: a foot problem, unexpected weight loss and a back injury. That's three strikes. The Ravens can't depend on Gaither anymore, and Gaither wants to play left tackle. Time for both sides to move on.
Kevin Houser, long snapper: The only way Houser receives an invitation back is if Mogan Cox (torn ACL in December) isn't healthy enough to take back his job.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, wide receiver: He wasn't happy last season as the team's No. 3 wide receiver. So, imagine his reaction when the Ravens drafted receivers in the second and fourth round. The Ravens appreciated his experience, just not his outspoken style.
Dawan Landry, safety: The Ravens have never made strong efforts to retain other players who started next to Ed Reed (Will Demps and Jim Leonhard). Landry almost certainly will draw interest from the league. Plus, the Ravens could plug a less expensive option (Tom Zbikowski) into the starting lineup.
Donte' Stallworth, wide receiver: The Ravens' fastest wide receiver finished with more rushes (five) than catches (two). There were rumblings that the Ravens didn't trust his hands. Whatever the reason, chalk this up as a failed experiment.
Fabian Washington, cornerback: A stand-up guy who needs a change of scenery after getting benched two times in his Ravens career.
Josh Wilson, cornerback: You can't completely write off the former Maryland star because the Ravens would make a call to him if they aren't able to re-sign Carr and they aren't sure Foxworth will be fully recovered by the start of the season. The odds of that happening aren't great because Wilson should command some money as a free agent (he's 26 and started for the Ravens) and the Ravens probably won't want to spend much on a player who could get pushed out of the starting lineup.
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