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    Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?



    Ijalana the G/T from Villanova was heavily linked to the Ravens as their round 2 pick a year ago. The Colts ended up taking him instead and ever since he's been hurt. Ijalana just suffered his second season ending injury. The Colts are trying to stash him on IR but because they wanted to sign an Arena League player now they had to cut him to waive him. A lot of people liked this guy as a prospect. Would you claim him knowing that he would be on IR this year and that he now has a bad injury history? The contract by the way is small at just $560,000 this season. What should the Ravens do?
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    I would.

    It solves a potential problem next year if they do in fact move Oher back over to LT. Ijalana can play RT or LG, which would put KO out on the right side.
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    They should really think hard about this one. He was considered to be a very good prospect. He was super athletic in college and would really fit in to a zone scheme. If you are go to replace McKinnie, Birk and Williams next year it wouldn't hurt to have as many good options as possible. The risk is that he'll never overcome his injuries and you blow $560,000. That's not much of a risk.
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    Yes.

    I would definitely take a flyer on him.




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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    My interest lies in the fact that every other letter in his name is a vowel :
    bEn IjAlAnA. Now that is a unique talent indeed... Bc




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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    Was a big fan of his coming out of the draft, i'd take a flier on him as well




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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    Quote Originally Posted by GOTA View Post
    They should really think hard about this one. He was considered to be a very good prospect. He was super athletic in college and would really fit in to a zone scheme. If you are go to replace McKinnie, Birk and Williams next year it wouldn't hurt to have as many good options as possible. The risk is that he'll never overcome his injuries and you blow $560,000. That's not much of a risk.
    Agreed.

    It is a cheap investment for someone that has the upside and potential (and youth) to turn into a very good offensive lineman. If Jah isn't taking that next step forward and they still think they may have some issues next year at RT, LT, and LG then absolutely. Sign him, let him heal and rehab and then let him go into the off-season working with the offense and strength/conditioning coaches here.

    Like I said, it's not an uncommon thought that Oher could very well be back over at LT next year and even if he isn't and they want to move KO over there or something, Ijalana provides excellent depth with starting ability.
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    so if i understand this right, we sign him injured and he gets IRd on our team for next year? Seems like a low risk high reward move which would be right up our alley, im just not sure of the logistics of it.
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    so if i understand this right, we sign him injured and he gets IRd on our team for next year? Seems like a low risk high reward move which would be right up our alley, im just not sure of the logistics of it.
    Pretty much it.

    He's injured and would be IR'ed for sure, but the Ravens sign him and pick up the $560K tab this year to ensure he's in a Ravens uniform next year. The guy is only 22 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimZipCode View Post
    But if we claim him off waivers, and then we go to put him on IR for the season, why won't we risk losing him the same way Indy is? Won't we have to do the same thing Indy did?
    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    My understanding is that a waived/injured player comes off the 90 man roster. A player who is simply IR'd remains on the 90 man roster until final cuts. I could be wrong on that.
    A player who is placed on IR does not count toward the roster limit, but non-vested veteran (less than 4 years of service time) must be 'waived - injured' and must pass through waivers before being placed on IR. This rule is in place to make teams think twice about using IR to stash young players on IR.

    If the Ravens (or any team) claims a player off of injury waivers and wants to keep him, they must keep him until the 1 st cut down at which time injury waivers no longer applies.
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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    So we cant just IR Streeter without risking losing him? or anyone else under 4 years for that matter
    Quote Originally Posted by B-more Ravor View Post
    A player who is placed on IR does not count toward the roster limit, but non-vested veteran (less than 4 years of service time) must be 'waived - injured' and must pass through waivers before being placed on IR. This rule is in place to make teams think twice about using IR to stash young players on IR.

    If the Ravens (or any team) claims a player off of injury waivers and wants to keep him, they must keep him until the 1 st cut down at which time injury waivers no longer applies.




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    Re: Any Interest in Ben Ijalana?

    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    So we cant just IR Streeter without risking losing him? or anyone else under 4 years for that matter
    First i think they need at least somewhat plausible injury before we go IRing but this was my first concern as well. After first cuts it doesnt apply? So last cut it seems safe to put him on IR without risk of losing him. I guess the problem is that they needed the roster spot now and couldnt wait until first cuts to do it safely. Kind of a gamble and honestly there has to be somebody else worth cutting before losing out on a young talent like that. Not sure i understand the thinking here.
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