In a story by Aaron Wilson on the Carroll County Times' website, Baltimore Ravens tackle Jared Gaither says he is feeling great after missing all of the 2010 NFL season due to a back injury. Gaither's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted that his is fully healed form the upper back problem that had him placed on the Injured Reserve List before last season started.
If the NFL owners and players cannot get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed and ultimately agree to play the 2011 season by 2010 rules, then Gaither will not be an unrestricted free agent and the Ravens could fully expect him to return this season. As a restricted free agent, if any other team would want to sign Gaither to a contract, the Ravens could end up getting compensation for him that other teams would probably not want to give for a guy that missed all of last year due to injury.
If Gaither does return healthy to the Ravens, the competition at right tackle between him and rookie Jah Reid would be a great, tough decision for the Ravens to have to make and the thought of having one of those two on the bench as an insurance policy for the other one is a luxury the team would love to have.