Ravens aren't waiting around for Grubbs

March, 14, 2012
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Is Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs going elsewhere? The Ravens aren't waiting around to find out.

While Grubbs continues his visit in New Orleans, Baltimore has moved on as well, bringing in Eagles free-agent guard Evan Mathis for a visit tonight. Grubbs is now considered the top guard in free agency after Carl Nicks signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Mathis is not too far behind.

The Ravens tried to keep Grubbs from hitting free agency, but he decided to test the market. He is currently meeting with the Saints, and there are several other teams in pursuit of Grubbs including the Washington Redskins, according to the Washington Post. Of course, that's assuming Grubbs makes it out of New Orleans.

You have to give the Ravens credit for not sitting around for Grubbs. This is a proactive move to help what has become an improving offensive line. Mathis was considered the Eagles' top run-blocking lineman last season. The only drawback is that Mathis is 30, which could scare teams away from giving him a long-term deal.

Besides the Ravens, the Colts and Redskins are also interested in Mathis.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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