Ogden still mulling his future

Street Talk Ogden still mulling his future

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TOWSON — Baltimore Ravens veteran offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is still pondering whether to retire after a dozen seasons and expects to make a decision on his future prior to the NFL draft next month.

Ogden, who’s still bothered by a lingering turf toe injury, confirmed that he won’t take part in the team’s opening minicamp on April 17.

Since the season ended, Ogden has said several times that he’s leaning toward retirement. Several current and former teammates have said they believe he will announce his retirement this spring.

"I’m not sure just yet what I’m going to do, but it’s more likely that I’m going to retire than play again," Ogden said Saturday afternoon during the ‘Five Thirty-Five" autograph show at Towson University. "We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll probably decide before the draft."

An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, Ogden met with coach John Harbaugh and other team officials Friday.

Ogden reiterated that he’s leaning toward not playing if his toe doesn’t improve dramatically. He appeared to be in good condition and wasn’t limping noticeably.

Ogden initially hurt his left big toe in a Dec. 17, 2006 game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cleveland Browns. A few weeks later, Ogden needed a pain-killing shot to gut out the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

However, Ogden didn’t undergo offseason surgery on the recommendation of Carolina Panthers team orthopedist Robert Anderson.

Ogden, 33, was selected to the Pro Bowl last season despite missing several games due to the toe problem.

Since the season ended, Ogden restructured his contract to create $5 million in salary-cap space for the team.
 
If Ogden does retire, former second-round pick Adam Terry would likely replace him at left tackle.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

Photo by Sabina Moran

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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