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Ravens News: Coming & Goings

Over the past 24 hours, there has been a flurry of activity concerning current and former members of the Baltimore Ravens. Signings, both with the Ravens and with other teams from former players, make the news around the NFL.

When it was reported that Ravens center Matt Birk needed minor surgery that should keep him out for at least a few weeks was announced, the team quickly responded and signed recently released Washington Redskins and former Ravens center Casey Rabach. Unfortunately, it was announced Tuesday that Rabach had failed his Ravens physical and the team will not be signing him after all.

Where that leaves the Ravens, with only two undrafted free agent rookie centers on the roster (Ryan Bartholomew, Tim Barnes) is unclear. Will the team stick with these guys with the belief that by the time the end of pre-season rolls around, Birk will be healthy and ready for the regular season?

Former Chicago Bears All-Pro center Olin Kreutz remains available according to Pro Football Talk, so we will have to wait to see how the team plans on addressing this change of events.

Former Ravens fullback LeRon McClain signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a story in the National Football Post quoting a report by ESPN.

Also announced last evening on WBAL Channel 11 Sports by Gerry Sandusky, was that the New York Jets were courting former Ravens and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason, who could sign with them as soon as today.

With former Ravens safety Dawan Landry signing a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was assumed that either Tom Zbikowski or Haruki Nakamura would assume the strong safety position next to All-Pro Ed Reed. However, according to Pro Football Talk, the team just announced the signing of veteran safety Bernard Pollard, a five-year veteran and former starter with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.

These changes and news are fresh today but by the time you read this, it may not only be old news but perhaps even incorrect the ways things are happening in the NFL right now, so stay tuned.