Agent: Rolle to be released by Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens veteran cornerback Samari Rolle anticipates that his request to be granted his freedom will happen on Monday when he expects to be cut from the roster after he meets with team officials, his agent confirmed.

“I think Samari’s excited about the future,” agent Peter Schaffer, who represents Rolle, told 24×7 in a telephone interview Friday afternoon.  “Absolutely!”

A former Pro Bowl selection, Rolle started for the Ravens for the past four seasons after signing a six-year, $30.5 million contract in 2005. His release would immediately create $4.1 million toward the Ravens’ 2009 salary cap because there’s only $2.2 million in remaining proration on a contract that included $11 million in guaranteed money.

When asked if team officials had told him that Rolle would meet with them Monday at the Ravens’ training complex and take an exit physical before being officially released, Schaffer said: “That’s our understanding.”

Reached late Friday afternoon, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed that Rolle will be at team headquarters Monday. However, he didn’t indicate anything beyond that.

“As of right now, we’ve invited Samari to come back to Baltimore and start the offseason program,” Newsome said. “We’ve invited him to come back.”

If Rolle is released, the Ravens will have cleared a total of $12.1 million in salary-cap space in the secondary by parting ways with Rolle following the release last month of three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister. Cutting McAlister cleared $8 million against the salary cap.

Rolle was scheduled to make base salaries of $4.1 million in 2009 and $4.5 million in 2010.

The Ravens are projected to start Fabian Washington and former University of Maryland standout Domonique Foxworth at cornerback next season. Foxworth was signed to a four-year, $27.2 million contract on the first day of the free agent signing period.

The Ravens have also displayed interest in free agent cornerback Karl Paymah (Denver Broncos), who has visited several teams, including Baltimore.

Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers restricted free agent cornerback Jarrett Bush, who also visited the Ravens, signed an offer sheet Friday with the Tennessee Titans. The Packers have a week to decide if they want to match the offer.

One free agent possibility for the Ravens is Titans cornerback Chris Carr, who doubles as a speedy return man. Carr has visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions,Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots and has a standing contract offer from the Titans.

The Ravens could use Carr because of his return skills and ability as a nickel cornerback.

Rolle has struggled with various ailments over the past few seasons, including a bout with epilepsy that he overcame, returning from relatively minor neck surgery last season only to have his season end with a hip flexor injury.

The 32-year-old Rolle is a personal favorite of former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, the New York Jets coach.

Former Raven inside linebacker Bart Scott, who signed a $48 million deal with the Jets, told 24×7 recently that he expects Rolle to eventually join him and former Baltimore strong safety Jim Leonhard on the Jets’ defense.

In 10 starts last season, Rolle registered three interceptions, 23 tackles and one forced fumble. During four seasons in Baltimore, Rolle intercepted eight passes.

For his 11-year career, which includes seven seasons with the Titans, the former Florida State standout has 31 interceptions.

NOTES: The St. Louis Rams cut veteran wide receiver Torry Holt, a transaction that has immediately linked the Ravens to him in speculation around the league. The Ravens could use a proven wide receiver to work in tandem with Derrick Mason.

The primary drawback with Holt, who has had a prolific career with 869 career receptions for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns, is the chronic knee pain he’s been dealing with for the past few seasons. It’s also unknown what Holt’s asking price would be. …

Former Ravens defensive end Marques Douglas, who was cut by the team on the first day of free agency, agreed to terms with the Jets on Friday night.

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

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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 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.  More from Aaron Wilson


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