McAlister back in Baltimore in ’09? Bush to visit Owings Mills?

March 10, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Don’t be surprised if you see Chris McAlister back in Baltimore.  

In fact, one AFC executive tells me he thinks there’s a decent chance Chris McAlister might play at M&T Bank Stadium in 2009.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh’s best cornerback, Bryant McFadden, has departed the Steel City for the warmth of the desert, signing on in Arizona — the team his Steelers beat in last month’s Super Bowl.

With McFadden’s departure comes an opening in Pittsburgh and an AFC front office exec tells me, “I think Pittsburgh will make a run for McAlister.  He’s a great fit for them. He knows the division well and that scheme LeBeau uses asks the cornerbacks to play soft a lot and at McAlister’s age, that will help him quite a bit…he won’t have to play at top speed so much.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens are expecting a Wednesday visit from free agent cornerback Jarrett Bush.

Bush played in Green Bay for the last three years. 

Last week, Denver defensive back Karl Paymah visited the Ravens’ facility in Owings Mills but a Ravens staffer tells me, “Paymah’s not in our immediate plans…he’d be someone we might look at down the road, but not now.”