Will Jets go after Ravens' free agents?

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

At the Pro Bowl last week, Baltimore Ravens linebacker and pending free agent Ray Lewis described the New York Jets as an attractive option. The reason being that former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan is now the head coach of the Jets and will run the same scheme.

Ryan now makes New York a major player in the Ravens' free-agent sweepstakes. He was beloved in Baltimore and arguably no team in the NFL has a bigger collection of talent set to hit the open market than the Ravens.

Expect Baltimore to do everything possible to keep players such as Lewis and Pro Bowl linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs. There is a chance that neither player will make it to free agency.

But the Jets could make it extremely hard for the team to keep other unrestricted free agents such as Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard, who know Ryan's complicated scheme well and could get higher offers to help ease the transition. It is unknown at this point which Ravens free agents New York has interest in, but rest assured some are certainly on Ryan's radar.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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