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Ravens GM Newsome noncommital on Vick

Posted by ESPN's Sal Paolantonio
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Watching a training camp practice, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was very evasive when answering questions about whether Baltimore has a real interest in pursuing Michael Vick.

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Newsome, who contended that Vick would sign "soon with some team," refused to rule out signing Vick in Baltimore.

When asked specifically if the Ravens were interested in Vick, Newsome replied: "We're happy with our three quarterbacks."

When pressed, Newsome gave the same answer and that ended the conversation.

Besides second-year sensation Joe Flacco at quarterback, the Ravens also have former Heisman winner Troy Smith and third-stringer John Beck.

Adding Vick would undoubtedly mean the end for Beck. Newsome and the coaches like Smith's progress. But Vick could also be used as a wide receiver or slash/Wildcat-type player -- something that could help the Ravens' passing game, which finished 28th in the league last year.

Newsome could also just be playing coy, realizing that another Vick landing spot could be division rival Pittsburgh, who beat the Ravens three times last season.

When Ray Lewis was asked about the possibility of the Ravens acquiring Vick, he was also very coy, saying he has not talked to Vick and has not been asked to talk to him, but he has tried to three times.

Perhaps Vick is avoiding him so that a pending signing does not get tipped off.

Sal Paolantonio is an ESPN bureau reporter based in Philadelphia.