Midweek This ‘N That

February 27, 2008 |

NFL Free Agency begins tomorrow night. The Ravens probably don’t have enough salary cap space to make many waves, but there are a few players available that intrigue me. Let’s pretend that the Ravens could somehow work the cap to create enough money; would you like to see them pursue these players?

Randy Moss – I know, I know, we don’t have a reliable enough quarterback situation to maximize Moss’ considerable talents, so he probably wouldn’t be interested in Baltimore. But the Ravens could certainly use a real deep threat, and Ozzie Newsome did trade for Terrell Owens a few years ago. It’s an area of need every year for this franchise, and the current roster lacks a true big play receiver. As fans, we’re hoping that Demetrius Williams develops into that type of player. But that’s a real “leap of faith”, to borrow a phrase. Randy Moss is the premier deep threat in the NFL. He’s arguably one of the greatest players ever at the position. And if New England can’t get a deal done in the next two days with him, then Moss becomes available to every franchise in the league. I think it’s at least worth a phone call.

Asante Samuel – Another Patriot hits the streets. Early indications are that Philadelphia and New Orleans will be at the front of the line for his services. The Ravens certainly could use help in the defensive secondary, as we saw last season when Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister missed time. There’s been plenty of speculation that the Ravens will use their first round draft pick on a cornerback. Why wouldn’t they be interested in a player with Samuels’ resume? Seems to me that a proven commodity would be less risky than an unproven collegian.

Roosevelt Colvin – Another Patriot (coincidence?). Just released yesterday, Colvin led New England in sacks in 2004 and 2005. A pass rushing linebacker to add to an already solid corps, a veteran who was a key defensive player on two Super Bowl champions. I’m intrigued by Colvin’s availability.

Chad Johnson – I know he’s not a free agent, but he’s definitely on his way out of Cincy. Should the Ravens at least call and inquire about him? It’s highly doubtful that the Bengals would trade a player of Johnson’s caliber to a division rival, but again, due to their need for a true big-play receiver, shouldn’t the Ravens at least “kick the tires”? It couldn’t hurt, could it?

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I’ve been watching lots of college basketball these past few weeks. As wide open as the NCAA Tournament is every year, I’m narrowing my list of true championship contenders down to these teams (listed in no particular order): UCLA, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Louisville. Memphis will be undone by their atrocious foul shooting.

As for potential mid-majors who could crash the Final Four party, keep an eye on Drake and Butler. Both teams are fundamentally sound and well coached and very capable of beating any other team in the country.

We’ll have to wait for the brackets to come out before I can pick my Cinderella. But I’m definitely going to fill one bracket out where I pick all the Baltimore schools (should they get in) to pull first round shockers. They are all certainly good enough to win one.

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Myron Cope passed away. My sincere sympathies to all his family and fans. Cope was the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers for over thirty years. He was, essentially, Pittsburgh’s Chuck Thompson.

For one day, at least, I’ll have to forgive Myron for inventing those hateful Terrible Towels.

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I’ll be sitting in with Drew tomorrow morning on the Comcast Morning Show from 8 – 10 a.m. I’m also joining Bob Haynie on Friday from 12 – 2 p.m. “Such On Sports” will return for one full show on Saturday, March 29 during the lacrosse season. I’ll also be on April 26 following Loyola lacrosse to do our annual NFL Draft Show. The draft begins at 3 p.m. this year, so we shouldn’t miss too much of the “action” from New York, and we’ll certainly be on-air when the Ravens pick at #8. Mark your calendars and be sure to tune in for all the football chatter.

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