AFC North: owners meeting

Report: Ravens LT Gaither a no-show

March, 23, 2010
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News continues to flow during this week's owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

A very interesting note that came out of Tuesday's breakfast with the head coaches is Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither has been a no-show so far for offseason workouts. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's disappointed in the move, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gaither
The no-show could be a protest by Gaither to get a long-term deal in place. He's a restricted free agent with a first-round tender.

There is speculation that several teams might be interested in making a play for Gaither, particularly teams late in the first round. He has been a quality left tackle for Baltimore the past two seasons.

An outside offer would create an interesting dilemma for the Ravens. Should they match and keep their left tackle, or take the additional first-round pick?

Right tackle Michael Oher, a 2009 first-round pick, appears to be a star in the making and could switch to the left side if Baltimore takes the extra first-rounder. It is much easier to find right tackles in the NFL.

Either way, it's early. But keep an eye on this interesting development in Baltimore.

(Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Gaither plans to join the Ravens by early next week, and agent Drew Rosenhaus insists there is no tension between Gaither and the team.)

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