OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens remain optimistic that All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden will return for a 12th season.
Ogden has been pondering retirement and hasnâ€™t publicly indicated what his plans are. However, he has told several teammates that he plans to return.
Former Ravens offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo, a longtime friend of the nine-time Pro Bowl selection, has predicted that Ogden will play one more season.
Since the season ended, the Ravens exercised a mechanism in Ogdenâ€™s contract that guarantees his $6 million base salary.
Ravens coach Brian Billick met with Ogden in Las Vegas prior to the NFL owners meetings, and he reiterated Tuesday that heâ€™s hopeful that Ogden will return provided he continues to progress from a late-season toe injury.
â€œI think he feels pretty good about himself, sounds like the toe is coming along very well,â€ Billick said. â€œHe has started very aggressively to condition, which I think is a good sign. Outside of that, it would be conjecture at this point.â€
QUICK HITS: One day after revealing that the Ravens plan to submit a contract extension proposal to Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggsâ€™ agent prior to the draft, general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that it will be a difficult proposition. Because of the rise in the NFL salary cap, signing Suggs could be extremely expensive. â€œWeâ€™re going to try to be aggressive in getting Suggs signed,â€ Newsome said. â€œBut we also realize that the climate in the league has changed a little bit and that could prohibit us from getting it done.â€ Suggs’ agent, Gary Wichard, didn’t return telephone calls. â€¦ The Ravens worked out five local draft prospects at their training complex, including outside linebacker/defensive end Victor Abiamiri (Notre Dame, Gilman), fullback Stan White Jr. (Ohio State), offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (Towson University), defensive lineman Robert Armstrong (Morgan State) and kicker/punter Ben Scott (Johns Hopkins). â€¦ The Ravens have scheduled their first training camp practice for July 30 at McDaniel College. â€¦ The Ravens are scheduled to scrimmage the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 4. â€¦ The Ravens will hold a rookie minicamp May 4-5 and team minicamps May 16-May 18, May 21-23, May 30-June 1 and June 12-14. All of those dates are subject to change.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.