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Monday, September 6, 2010
Ravens happy to take NFC West castoffs

By Mike Sando

An imaginary (but possible) scene from a Baltimore Ravens practice:
Quarterback Marc Bulger drops back to pass. Defensive end Cory Redding applies pressure. Bulger rolls to his left, sets his feet and pump-fakes to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, luring safety Ken Hamlin away from receiver Anquan Boldin. Bulger looks back to his right and throws across the field for Boldin, only to have Josh Wilson intercept the pass.

The Baltimore Ravens' one-year deal with recently released Seattle Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh makes it all possible. The Ravens already signed or acquired NFC West castoffs Bulger (St. Louis Rams), Redding (Seahawks), Hamlin (once a second-round choice in Seattle), Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) and Wilson (Seahawks).

Houshmandzadeh is getting $885,000 from the Ravens. He'll get another $6.15 million from the Seahawks as part of the $7 million they guaranteed to him.

Baltimore has strong enough leadership, particularly on defense, to absorb such a varied mix of personalities. It's too bad the Ravens don't play any NFC West teams this season.