TSX Monday Team Report

Miller severely injured in 2002 pre-season game

Our friends at TheSportsXchange provide us this wrap-up of the Ravens pursuit of Browns linebacker Jamir Miller. Miller, Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick, and DC Mike Nolan talk to TSX about where the defense stands.

To increase their pass rush, the Ravens are making a strong run at free-agent linebacker Jamir Miller.

The Ravens have already signed two former Browns starters -- cornerback Corey Fuller and offensive tackle Orlando Brown -- and appear to be the front-runners to land the former Pro Bowl Cleveland linebacker.

After passing his physical during a visit with the Ravens this week, Miller said he was impressed with the Ravens' staff and the team's plan on how he will be used. Miller's decision could come by next week. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly expressed interest in Miller, who has no more visits planned with any other team.

"It's a well-run organization with good leadership," Miller said of the Ravens. "That is what I saw. I want to find a home, a place where I can play and a place where I can excel and have fun playing the game. I definitely have that feeling from here."

Miller, 29, missed all of last season after tearing an Achilles' tendon in the first preseason game and was released by the Browns on Feb. 27, the day he was due a $14 million roster bonus.

He joined a free-agent pool that featured linebacker as possibly the strongest position, with Mike Peterson, Rosevelt Colvin, Shawn Barber, Takeo Spikes and Kevin Hardy all signing lucrative contracts.

With those players signed, Miller is probably the best available linebacker, one who would likely challenge Cornell Brown for his outside starting position.

More important, his signing would give the Ravens a second legitimate pass rusher along with Peter Boulware. On passing downs, the Ravens would likely move Miller to the defensive end position opposite Boulware, which was previously occupied by Michael McCrary. Although Miller, at 6 feet 5, 255 pounds, said he was open to being an every-down lineman, the Ravens would likely keep him primarily at linebacker.

"The fact that he can play standing up or down, that is really what a 3-4 (defensive formation) linebacker is," defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. "Jamir has not played in this scheme thus far in his career; nonetheless, it is probably one that fits him as good as any.

"With Michael McCrary not being in the picture at this point, we certainly need to complement Peter on the other side."

Miller tore an Achilles' tendon in the Browns' preseason opener at Minnesota, but he said he has recovered from the injury. Miller was coming off a 13-sack season and the only Pro Bowl appearance of his nine-year career.

Although contract negotiations with Miller's agent, Leigh Steinberg, are continuing, the Ravens are projected to be offering a three- to five-year deal, and Miller will likely command a $2 million-to-$4 million signing bonus.

"Like Corey Fuller, he brings a very specific asset for us; where he would fit in, what his experiences are," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "So we are very excited about having him here. Hopefully we can move along very quickly. There are other teams interested, but we hope to have something done by mid-week next week, but that is up to them and how they want to proceed."

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