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Phil Savage has heard the rumors but hasn't received a call.

The Ravens' director of college scouting has been speculated to be among a list of a dozen candidates for a Chicago Bears front-office vacancy. On Monday, the Bears parted ways with vice president of player personnel Mark Hatley, and team president Ted Phillips said he expected to have the job filled by late June.

But the Bears haven't contacted the Ravens about talking with Savage.

"I definitely would be interested," said Savage, who was scanning the Internet yesterday about the reports linking him with the Bears. "But I'm not leaving just to leave the Ravens. I'm completely satisfied with my position with the Ravens."

Savage, 36, has become an increasingly hot commodity as a result of the Ravens' building a championship team largely through the draft.

"In this business, you help the teams you're working for to win and try to upgrade yourself along the way," Savage said.

"I think I owe myself that, but things are on the upswing with the Ravens. Winning Super Bowls is kind of fun."

Something new for old guys

The Ravens may be older, but they're trying to be wiser.

When the team starts training camp in about three months, there will be extra time off for veteran players such as defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, defensive end Rob Burnett, safety Rod Woodson and tight end Shannon Sharpe. This is an extension of Ravens coach Brian Billick's philosophy to keep players fresh throughout the season.

"They may be in the Billick country club workout routine," said Billick, who has finalized the structure of their training camp schedule.

The decision to allow those players to take one contact practice off a week is the result of their 30-something age as well as the shortened off-season. The Ravens played and practiced through the end of January during their Super Bowl run while most teams ended their seasons a month earlier.

Billick indicated the players will dictate time off, but he said there are obvious times to sit out.

Billick the author

Taking a different angle to the recent books about the Ravens' Super Bowl run, Billick has written "Competitive Leadership," which reveals his thoughts on effective command and decision-making. The book is scheduled to hit stores May 29.

Billick stressed that it's not a chronology or autobiography of the season, and the manuscript has actually been in the works for three years.

In 1997, Billick co-authored a book about how to assemble a football organization with former 49ers coach Bill Walsh.

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