Tag:Ken Lucas
Posted on: June 29, 2010 4:25 pm

Some Familiar Names Remain Unsigned

There are some big names still on the market. Most of you know about Terrell Owens. But here’s a rundown of other longtime starters who remain unsigned, with a quick explanation for why.

Arizona OT Mike Gandy: Major liability in pass protection.

Baltimore WR Kelley Washington: Solid No. 4 receiver and special teams contributor. The guess here is he’s demanding too much money.

Carolina G Keydrick Vincent: Hard to explain this one. He was near Pro Bowl caliber as a run-blocker last season.

Chicago DE Adewale Ogunleye: Was slowing down before serious leg injury late last season.

Dallas LT Flozell Adams: At 35, too lumbering to survive on an island in pass protection. (Though it's worth noting that, with the injury to Willie Colon, Adams is reportedly visiting with the Steelers.)

Houston G Chester Pitts: Coming off serious knee injury.

Kansas City S Mike Brown: Struggled making tackles in open space last season.

St. Louis TE Randy McMichael: Attitude is iffy, but not nearly as iffy as his blocking.

San Francisco CB Dre’ Bly: Insiders don’t respect his toughness. Cocky demeanor no longer serves him well.

Seattle CB Ken Lucas: Confidence seems shot after miserable ’09 campaign.

Tennessee LB Keith Bulluck: Teams are just waiting out his ACL recovery. He’ll sign somewhere.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:40 pm

Ravens Expected to Add a DB

The Ravens recently had defensive backs Walt Harris, Ken Lucas and Ken Hamlin in for a visit. John Harbaugh said he expects the team to sign “at least one of those guys”.

Harris, a cornerback, will be 36 in August. He tore his ACL last November. Lucas struggled mightily as Seattle’s No. 2 corner last season. He’s only 31, but age doesn’t matter when your confidence gets permanently shaken.

It’s surprising that Hamlin hasn’t drawn more interest since being cut by the Cowboys. He was a Pro Bowler just two years ago and is still in his twenties. His awareness in coverage doesn’t match his hitting ability, but that’s not to say he can’t be a decent starter (or certainly a fantastic dime back). The Ravens most need help at corner, but Hamlin is the best player in this trio.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:32 am

Is Cornerback Frank Walker Getting Desperate?

Oft-penalized Ravens nickelback Frank Walker, a serviceable but brash veteran who remains unsigned as a UFA, recently had a tryout with the Houston Texans. The Ravens, though thin at corner (and potentially deathly-thin, given that Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are both coming off major late-season knee injuries) clearly have no interest in retaining Walker. Recently, Baltimore welcomed cornerbacks Walt Harris and Ken Lucas in for a tryout. (Side note: Lucas struggled mightily in all phases as Seattle’s No. 2 corner last year, but it’s still somewhat surprising that the 31-year-old, who was once amongst the highest-paid corners in the league, remains unsigned).

Trying out with the Texans suggests Walker is getting desperate. Houston has fantastic depth at the cornerback position. First-round rookie Kareem Jackson is expected to start opposite last year’s fourth-round pick Glover Quin. Another second-year pro, Bryce McCain, figures to have the inside track on slot duties. That leaves Jacques Reeves (experienced veteran), Antwaun Molden (fluid athlete who’s often injured) and Fred Bennett (gifted but disliked by coaches) competing for No. 4 duties. Even if Walker were offered a contract by the Texans, it’s highly unlikely he’d make the final roster.

--Andy Benoit

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