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Old 05-06-2005   #1
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I heard he might be getting released from the Ravens after they picked up Cody. If he gets released, his contract will shrink from the shocking 8 mil he is due this year. Could be like us releasing shaper (5 mil) and seattle getting him for 2. Is this someone to consider as a veteran precence? I highly doubt we'd make a move, but its something to consider.
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For the first time in 16 months, Peter Boulware says he is completely healthy. Whether he will have the chance to prove that as a Raven remains a question.

Team officials are talking to Boulware's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, about restructuring the former Pro Bowl linebacker's contract, which is set to pay him $6 million this season.

Boulware, who has had little contact with the Ravens this offseason, acknowledged that his roster spot is precarious because of his salary and the arrival of second-round draft pick Dan Cody, whom front office executives and coaches have penciled in as part of a rotation at strong-side linebacker with Adalius Thomas. Cody is also expected to rush as an end in passing situations.

With Boulware set to count nearly $8 million against the salary cap, the Ravens appear to be leaning toward getting younger and cheaper with Cody, whose role was previously reserved for Boulware before the draft.

Even Boulware is not sure if he will return for a ninth season with the team that made him a first-round draft choice in 1997. Boulware is the franchise's leader in career sacks with 67 1/2 .

"Ultimately, the decision isn't about me," Boulware said. "The decision is with the organization and whether they feel they can bring somebody in who can do what I did better than me. If they feel that way, then I'm sure they'd be willing to do the right thing by me."

Boulware, 30, said he is fine with restructuring his contract to remain with the Ravens, but is not sure where he fits in the team's plan even if an agreement is reached.

If a new deal fails to materialize, cutting Boulware outright might not be that beneficial for the Ravens. If the Ravens release Boulware before June 1, the prorated portion of a $13.5 million signing bonus he received from a contract signed in 2002 would count against the salary cap this season (roughly $7.6 million).

If the team were to release Boulware after June 1, half of the remaining portion of his signing bonus money would count against this year's cap, and the other half would count against next year's cap.

A more likely scenario would see the Ravens attempting to negotiate a decrease in Boulware's base salary. His salary is the highest on the team, and Boulware is scheduled to make $6 million a year over the next four seasons.

If the sides fail to agree on a new base salary, the Ravens would have to decide whether cutting Boulware after June 1 and having dead money count against the cap in 2006 would be better than having him play this year.

The plus for keeping Boulware is that he could serve as valuable insurance in case starting weak-side linebacker Tommy Polley does not play as well as expected or Cody develops slowly.

"Whatever [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] and [coach] Brian [Billick] tell me to do, that's what I'm going to do," Boulware said. "I know my role is going to be decreased. That's just the reality of the situation. They brought [Cody] in, and if he is everything they think he will be, then they should have a good player."

Boulware has not played since the second-to-last game of the 2003 season, missing the regular-season finale and a playoff game because of a knee injury that lingered into last season.

The Ravens were hopeful Boulware would return midway through the year, but the four-time Pro Bowl player injured his toe during a November practice and was placed on injured reserved shortly after.

Boulware says the injuries no longer affect him.

"I understand that I've been hurt and the team felt they needed to get a little younger at that position," Boulware said.
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It always makes your mouth water when somebody from that defense becomes available. I highly doubt we make any moves at him though, and Im not sure we should.



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i think we have to consider him...whether or not that'll transform into interest is another story...boulware is an excellent linebacker when healthy...he hasn't been healthy for years though...personally i see him going to bengals to re-unite with marvin lewis...i think he'll go with a team that he'll thinks will win and win soon...but most importantly he'll want to go some place where he knows a lot of the players...that's more than likely somewhere in his division now...haha....could you imagine him with the steelers lineup
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I doubt they cut him. Boulware will likely restructure his contract to stay with the team.
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"Whatever [general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] and [coach] Brian [Billick] tell me to do, that's what I'm going to do," Boulware said. "I know my role is going to be decreased. That's just the reality of the situation. They brought [Cody] in, and if he is everything they think he will be, then they should have a good player."


"I understand that I've been hurt and the team felt they needed to get a little younger at that position," Boulware said.[/quote]

Why couldn't Aaron Glenn feel this way?
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