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Ravens intrigued by free agent pass rushers

PHOENIX - Are the Baltimore Ravens likely to spend significant money on a free agent? Probably not. But head coach John Harbaugh did acknowledge Tuesday that the team is intrigued by a talented group of free agent pass rushers that includes Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil, former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and former Pro Bowlers Osi Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney.

The Ravens' top sacker from last season, Paul Kruger, signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent and Baltimore is expected to be in the market for a pass rusher to replace him, potentially through free agency if the Ravens can make it work from a financial standpoint.

"It wouldn't hurt," Harbaugh said. "We're never going to walk away from a good player, and there just happens to be some pass rushers available right now, so you've got to look at the market and what's available out there.

"Those guys are available right now, so we're looking at them. ... There [are] a lot of good pass rushers out there, guys that have done it."

Dumervil probably represents the most intriguing option considering he's just 29 years old and has 37½ sacks and 10 forced fumbles during the last three seasons.

The problem for Baltimore is that Dumervil's reportedly seeking at least $8 million per season and the Ravens have limited money to spend under the salary cap.

Harrison, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, is another intriguing option, but he'll be 35 in May and, despite tallying five sacks during the final seven games of last season, he's viewed as an aging, injury-prone player with a significantly diminished physical skill set.

It's probably more likely the Ravens look to add a pass rusher through the NFL draft. They met with several of the top-rated pass rushers in this year's draft at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, including former Florida State standouts Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins, who are both expected to be selected during the second round of the draft in April.

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