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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Interest in Ravens QBs?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

According to The Baltimore Sun, Ravens coach John Harbaugh anticipates there will be offseason interest in backup quarterbacks Troy Smith and John Beck. Both players have starting NFL experience.

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The Ravens were fortunate to have good depth at the position in case starter Joe Flacco went down with an injury. But in two years, Flacco has made every career start.

Of the two backups, I anticipate Smith getting the most interest.

There is a lot of bad quarterbacking in the NFL, and if you look around the league, there are several teams where Smith could have a chance to compete for a starting job.

Smith will be a restricted free agent in March, so it will cost teams compensation. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome likes to build through the draft. So the team wouldn't be opposed to moving either backup for the right price.

"My guess is there's going to be some people that are going to be interested in those two guys, so we're not going to hold them back," Harbaugh told The Sun. "But we're going to make sure we do what's best for the Ravens."