Despite not producing like a first round pick, the Ravens and quarterback Kyle Boller are starting to talk about a contract extension to avoid him becoming a free agent after the 2007 season. Boller was the Ravens first round pick back in 2003, and many thought that Brian Billick would be able to mold Boller into a star quarterback, but he has underachieved in his first three seasons, and is now the backup to starter Steve McNair. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that how long the deal would be and the financial terms of the deal are not yet known.
There was a lot of talk in the last few days about the Ravens taking a hard look at now free agent Byron Leftwich, who was dumped by the Jaguars over the weekend. With talks going on with Boller and the organization, the possible signing of Leftwich seems on the back burner. The Baltimore Sun suggests that if a deal with Boller and the team cannot be made, then the chances of signing Leftwich would increase. If Boller and the Ravens do come to a deal, the team evidently feels that there is no need for Leftwich.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome did not seem to want to comment specifically on re-signing Boller specifically, but did admit to talks on the team with players. “We are talking with five different players about extending their deals,” he said. Newsome also said that the Ravens have yet to have any further talks with the agent for Leftwich, but did not release any info on if any more talks will take place.
As far as Billick is concerned, he stated on his radio show Tuesday that he would like to have Boller back. “We’d love to have him back, that’s really up to Kyle and his representation as we go through the year,” Boller said. “There could be some potential for that. From a business standpoint, Kyle may want to sit back and see at the end of the season what his options are.” Boller is 18-16 as starter for the Ravens.