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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
With Suggs' deal complete, is WR next?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Baltimore Ravens have had an interesting week, to say the least.

On Monday, one of their most indispensable players -- receiver Derrick Mason -- caught the Ravens by surprise when he announced his retirement. But on Wednesday Baltimore had good news to report by locking up Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs long term.

According to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton, the deal is for six years and $63 million. Suggs had up until 4 p.m. Wednesday to remove the one-year franchise tender Baltimore previously placed on him this offseason.

It's been a roller-coaster two-year process negotiating with Suggs. Now that it's come to an end, expect the Ravens to immediately shift their focus to the wide receivers in an attempt to fill a huge void Mason left behind.

Here are some intriguing names left on the open market:

 Harrison

Marvin Harrison

Skinny: With 1,102 career receptions, the former Indianapolis Colts star is the best of what's available. The future Hall of Famer's possession skills are somewhat similar to Mason's, but age and health might be issues.

Matt Jones

Skinny: The former first-round pick will not face a suspension for his prior run-ins with the law in the past year, the NFL announced in May. But the Ravens are usually careful not to take many chances with character risks and Jones would qualify as one.

 Burress

Plaxico Burress

Skinny: Burress is a legit No. 1 receiver who also has some character concerns, in addition to a looming trial and uncertain future in the NFL. If the league clears Burress to play at any point this season, there will be several teams jumping at the opportunity to sign him. Would the Ravens?

Amani Toomer

Skinny: A former teammate of Burress', Toomer is 34 and wouldn't be the answer for the Ravens if they're looking for an immediate No. 1 receiver. But Toomer caught 48 passes last season for 580 yards and might be able to add experience in a support role for a young group of receivers in Baltimore.

 Lelie

Ashley Lelie

Skinny: Despite prior flashes, Lelie never lived up to his potential. His best season was in 2004 when he caught 54 passes for 1,084 yards, averaging a whopping 20.1 yards per catch. Since then it's been all downhill. But Lelie, who played for the Oakland Raiders in 2008, still has the speed Baltimore covets.

Jerry Porter

Skinny: Porter was invited to Ravens minicamp in the spring and didn't show much. Eventually, he was beat out by Kelley Washington for a roster spot. Word around the league is that Porter's work ethic is no longer NFL caliber. But perhaps Porter is in better shape to help a team closer to training camp than he was in the spring.