Harbaugh: "We're not going to shy away from adding players"
By Jamison Hensley
Aug 05, 2011 | 1:55 PM
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said "it's a possibility" that the Ravens would add a veteran wide receiver after the team lost out on Malcom Floyd, who re-signed with the San Diego Chargers.
The free-agent wide receivers available include: Derrick Mason, Steve Smith, Jerricho Cotchery, Randy Moss (who says he's retired), Terrell Owens (who is coming off knee surgery), Bryant Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
"We're not going to shy away from adding players," Harbaugh said. "I think we'd be happy to bring in a really good player. That doesn't mean we're not looking at guys like [James] Hardy."
Moss' agent declined comment on the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. Cotchery's agent said "numerous teams" are interested in the former New York Jets wide receiver but wouldn't say whether the Ravens were one of them.
"We're trying to determine the best fit for him," agent Jack Scharf said.
Cotchery reportedly failed his physical, which led to his release from the Jets. He had back surgery in February.
"He's 100 percent healthy," Scharf said. "He's been cleared by the doctors that performed surgery for all football activity. Wherever Jerricho lands, he'll be on the field the next day."
Mason presumably would top the list for the Ravens. Harbaugh, who's been texting with Mason, said he hasn't done so for the last 24 hours.
"I've been on the practice field," he said. "I don't bring a phone out here as you guys well know."
Harbaugh made it a point that he's been pleased with the progress of rookies Torrey Smith (second round) and Tandon Doss (fourth round).
"The history is guys can play right out of the game," Harbaugh said. "We're not going to lower the bar for these guys. The bar is high, and they knew what they getting into when we drafted them. We did draft them because we thought they were guys that would get up to speed quickly. They're smart guys. They catch the ball well. They're good football players."