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Team moves to retain Brown

Starting left guard Jason Brown is expected to remain with the Ravens after the team gave the restricted free agent a second-round tender offer yesterday.

If Brown signs an offer sheet with another team, the Ravens have the right to match it and keep him. If they decline to keep him, the Ravens would receive that team's second-round draft pick as compensation.

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With a second-round tender, Brown would earn $1.47 million in the 2008 season, a steep raise from last season's salary ($435,000).

"I'm glad they were willing to place a high value on me because that tells me that they want you," Brown said. "And I want to be part of the Ravens. I love Baltimore, and I love the organization."

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A fourth-round pick in 2005, Brown is considered one of the rising guards in the NFL. He was named to Sports Illustrated's All-Pro team last season.

Brown, 24, would become an unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season.

General manager Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens would like to talk to Brown about a contract extension this offseason.

"Each year, he has gotten better," Newsome said, "and we expect him to continue to do so."

Brown became a starter in 2006 when Edwin Mulitalo went down with a season-ending injury. Brown has not missed a game since taking over at left guard, starting 28 in a row.

At 6 feet 3, 320 pounds, Brown is a perfect fit for the interior, where he uses his power and wide body to move around some of the league's best defensive linemen.

Asked whether he would like to test the market next year or remain with the Ravens, Brown said he doesn't want to think about that now.

"The best thing I can do is focus on having a great offseason and getting to know my coaches," Brown said. "But I definitely hope to be a Raven for the rest of my career. I hope I'm blessed to do so."

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Anderson cut

The Ravens released little-used backup running back Mike Anderson, creating at least $1.3 million in salary cap room.

Anderson, who had two years remaining on his contract, never made the anticipated impact on the Ravens' running attack. In two seasons with the Ravens, he rushed for 245 yards and one touchdown.

When he signed with the Ravens in 2006, he was coming off a season in which he led the Denver Broncos in rushing. But he was never given consistent carries with the Ravens, falling behind Jamal Lewis, Willis McGahee and Musa Smith on the depth chart.

With Smith becoming an unrestricted free agent tomorrow, the Ravens have only one proven running back on their roster (McGahee). Cory Ross and P.J. Daniels are the only other running backs on the roster.

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The Ravens have two other restricted free agents: long snapper Matt Katula and backup fullback Justin Green. Newsome said one of the players has not received a contract offer, but he declined to indicate whether it was Katula or Green. As of yesterday, Green said he had not received a contract offer.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.


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