Of the 14 unrestricted free agents who could be retained by the Ravens, Dawan Landry is hopeful that his bags are staying in Baltimore.
"I'd rather be a Raven," the strong safety said Monday. "I feel like we've built something here, and there's great chemistry on the team. I think we're almost at that next level. A play here and a play there and we would've been in the Super Bowl. It'd be nice to finish this thing that we started."
Landry has paid dividends since being selected by the club in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. He became the starting strong safety in his rookie campaign and paired with future Hall of Famer Ed Reed to strengthen the defensive backfield.Landry made 111 tackles last season, ranking second on the team behind linebacker Ray Lewis. And that's just two years removed from suffering a frightening spinal cord concussion that forced him to miss 14 of 16 contests in 2008.
But the Ravens have a history of allowing Reed's partners (Will Demps, Kim Herring, Jim Leonhard) to test the free-agent market, and Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura represent less expensive options at strong safety. Plus, Landry has had troubles in pass coverage.
With a number of teams in dire need of a safety with starting experience, Landry's price tag could be too rich for the Ravens. Landry said he won't be angered if the team takes a pass on retaining him.
"That's part of the business," he said. "You've got to understand that there is a salary cap, and sometimes it doesn't work out money-wise. You just have to keep your options open and hope for the best."