Revolving door at Ravens' complex

Revolving door at Ravens' complex

OWINGS MILLS -- It was all about exits, not impending arrivals Wednesday at the Baltimore Ravens' training complex.<br><br> The Ravens terminated the contracts of veteran defensive back Corey Fuller and special-teams ace Harold Morrow while unrestricted free agent defensive end Marques Douglas visited the Cleveland Browns.

Meanwhile, there was no movement in the Ravens' pursuit of a right offensive guard to replace Bennie Anderson.

The agent for Indianapolis Colts free agent Rick DeMulling, 27, remains in discussions with the Detroit Lions, whom DeMulling visited Wednesday. DeMulling is regarded as the best offensive guard remaining on the market, and has also visited the Buffalo Bills.

The Ravens haven't initiated contact in a few days, according to DeMulling's agent, Ken Staninger.

"I'm negotiating with Detroit right now and will continue to do so this evening," Staninger said.

The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers free agent guard Keydrick Vincent, who has expressed a desire to remain in the AFC North with Baltimore, said that the Ravens haven't been in touch since earlier this week.

"I think teams are starting to slow it down a little in free agency and are planning their next moves," said Ken Zuckerman, Vincent's agent.

Douglas is the second Ravens defensive starter to be pursued by new Browns general manager Phil Savage, the former Ravens' executive. Savage signed cornerback Gary Baxter to a $30 million deal.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Douglas recorded a career-high six sacks and 96 tackles last season. Douglas has built a reputation as a high-character, high-intensity player after going undrafted out of Howard.

However, Douglas may be expendable in the Ravens' proposed switch to the 4-3 defense from the 3-4. Under that scenario, Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs would move back to his natural end position with Dwan Edwards, last year's second-round draft pick, shifting inside to defensive tackle.

Letting go of Fuller, 33, and Morrow, 32, frees up $1.25 million and $665,000 in 2005 salaries, according to NFL Players' Association documents.

Acquitted of felony gambling and firearm charges in Tallahassee, Fla., last month, Fuller appeared in 14 games last season, starting two in place of injured All-Pro cornerback Chris McAlister. Fuller registered only 14 tackles with no pass deflections or interceptions.

A backup fullback who didn't carry the football or catch a pass last season, Morrow led the Ravens with 21 special-teams tackles.

NOTES: The Titans can't wait until next season to play against former teammates Derrick Mason and Samari Rolle, who recently joined the Ravens. "It'll probably make me vomit," tight end Erron Kinney told The Tennessean of seeing them in the Ravens' purple. "It's just gross. The Ravens are our archrival, a respected rival. It'll be disgusting to see 85 with Mason on the back and whatever number with Rolle on the back in those ugly Ravens uniforms." ... New Cleveland Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer is eager to face Baltimore, which cut him after winning the Super Bowl in 2001. "I am giddy about being able to play Baltimore twice a year," Dilfer said. "Put yourself in my shoes at that time. What does that do to your self-esteem?" ... The Arizona Cardinals still want to sign linebacker Ed Hartwell, Cardinals coach Dennis Green said.  

 A long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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