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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wake-up call: Ravens' gift to New Orleans

By Jamison Hensley

In case you missed it from Wednesday, I posted a column on how the Ravens should address safety Ed Reed in free agency and gave my take on Todd McShay's latest mock draft. The countdown for the top free agents in the division reaches the top five today as well. Here's your wake-up call ...

RAVENS: A month after winning the Super Bowl in New Orleans, the Ravens donated two 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the city's police department traffic division as a show of appreciation for the treatment the team received there. During their one-week stay in New Orleans, the Ravens received police escorts to and from their destinations, as well as 24-hour security protection. It's interesting to note that Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (and not safety Ed Reed) presented the gift on behalf of the organization in New Orleans. Jones and Reed are both New Orleans natives, but Reed will be a free agent next week.

BENGALS: Shaun Prater, a cornerback who was drafted in the fifth round last season, told the team's official website that his knee has been healthy since Week 10 last season after being knocked out of training camp with patella tendinitis. It was a redshirt year of sorts for Prater, who attended meetings last year despite going on injured reserve on Aug. 24. According to the team's website, Prater has impressed the team with his intelligence and strength to play press corner. He's competing for a backup job in the secondary this season.

STEELERS: The agent for Willie Colon, the Steelers' starting left guard last season, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers informed him that they currently plan to do nothing with Colon's contract. It's been assumed that the Steelers would release Colon, a move that would save the team $1.9 million off the cap. Colon's agent told the Post-Gazette that the team hasn't even asked the lineman to reduce his $5.5 million salary in 2013. Colon had knee surgery last December and ended up on injured reserve for the third consecutive season.

BROWNS: The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto believes the Browns won't re-sign kicker Phil Dawson based on the track record of chief executive officer Joe Banner. When Banner was the Eagles' president a couple of years ago, he chose to draft kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round instead of keeping David Akers, a 36-year-old at the time who was coming off a Pro Bowl season. "My guess is he'd rather drop a player a year too early than a year too late," Pluto wrote. "I also wouldn't be shocked if Dawson ends up with the 49ers to kick for Brad Seely, the Browns' former special teams coach." Akers was released by the 49ers on Wednesday, which does open the door for Dawson when free agency begins Tuesday.