Special Teams ace and reserve linebacker Prescott Burgess has been with the Baltimore Ravens most of his four years in the NFL since being a sixth-round pick in 2007 out of the University of Michigan. The Ravens released him and he was picked up but released by the New England Patriots and returned to the team. He's been one of the best Special Teams players and led the Ravens in tackles off of the "Suicide Squad" the past two years.
Burgess will be an unrestricted free agent once the NFL owners and players resolve the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Until then, he remains in limbo and cannot have any contact with prospective employers, much less the Ravens. Free agency remains on hold and for the first time the NFL Draft will occur prior to free agency starting, as teams usually have made critical veteran decisions before finalizing their draft boards.
This year, it will have to be the opposite and this could make it much more difficult for specialty players such as Burgess to find jobs at salaries that would be a lot higher to teams than putting rookies in those positions. However, Prescott has "played like a Raven" and deserves to remain one in 2011. He his one of the hardest hitters and sure tacklers on the team and proves it every year at Training Camp, especially in the one-on-one drills.
Re-sign Prescott Burgess once free agency begins. Are you listening, Ozzie?