The Ravens weren't able to retain Josh Wilson, who signed a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Washington Redskins. This cornerback group should get stronger when teams begin releasing players Thursday.
As it stands now, here's the top 10 cornerbacks available in free agency:
1.Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland: A team source said this isn't happening. The Ravens don't have enough salary-cap room to sign Asomugha and fill the other needs (pass rusher, offensive tackle, fullback and backup quarterback). Looks like a three-team race between the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans.
2. Johnathan Joseph, Cincinnati: The clear-cut No. 2 cornerback available should command $10 million per season. He has the potential to be a shutdown corner, but this seems pricey for a defender who has never made a Pro Bowl. Houston is showing interest in Joseph, too. But Cincinnati should be able to lure him back if Bengals are committed.
3. Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets: He's a high risk, high reward with Cromartie. The good: His three interceptions were tied for most on the Jets. But he also topped the Jets in penalties and touchdown passes allowed (seven).
4. Carlos Rogers, Washington: He struggled mightily last season after five strong seasons, which slips him into the second tier of cornerbacks. But don't tell Rogers that. His confidence is so high that he said his statistics match up against Asomugha. Rogers has made it clear that he wants to leave the Redskins.
5. Chris Carr, Ravens: A starter for an entire season for the first time in his career, Carr has been a solid fit for the Ravens. He's smart, versatile and a tough tackler. Jacksonville has expressed interest, but it seems like the Ravens can keep Carr if they want him back.
6. Richard Marshall, Carolina: The two-year starter is a physical tackler and has enough athleticism to make the plays needed in coverage. His future could be in the slot.
7. Brian Williams, Atlanta: Experienced defender who has totaled 500 tackles and 19 interceptions in 10 seasons.
8. Chris Houston, Detroit: A recurring shoulder injury hurt a productive season. He has four interceptions in three seasons.
9. Kelly Jennings, Seattle: The heavily criticized former first-round pick has two interceptions in 78 games.
10. Fabian Washington, Ravens: A streaky defender, Washington got benched twice with the Ravens. He has the speed. He just needs to regain his confidence.
Note: It's been rumored that Nate Clements will be released by San Francisco today. He would rank among the top 5.
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