Ravens pass on McAlister, will sign veteran Corey Ivy

December 21, 2009 | Drew Forrester

The Ravens will not sign cornerback Chris McAlister to fill the spot currently available after the injury to Lardarius Webb, a source told WNST earlier this evening.

The club is likely to sign 32-year old veteran Corey Ivy, pending a physical on Tuesday.  Ivy played for the Ravens last season and briefly spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year. Ironically, he played against the Ravens in Baltimore on November 27 in the Steelers 20-17 OT loss.

McAlister spent 10 seasons in Baltimore and was a member of the Ravens to start the 2008 campaign but suffered a mid-season knee injury and was released prior to the start of the ’09 training camp.

He played two games with New Orleans earlier this season but was released after his second appearance with the Saints.

A Ravens source told me late this afternoon, “McAlister was part of the evaluation of veteran cornerbacks who are available.  His name came up, was discussed, and dismissed.”

When I asked, “Did it happen that quickly?”, the source responded, “Basically, yes.”

In other words, Chris McAlister was never really seriously considered.  At least not by the right people.

Ivy, meanwhile, has played 45 career regular season games with the Ravens and would be entering his 4th campaign of work for Baltimore if he passes a physical and then signs on Tuesday as expected.