Odds of Bulger re-signing with Baltimore tied to other opportunities available

Posted June 20, 2011 @ 12:09 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

In analyzing the Ravens' plans for free agency, charting the potential path for QB Marc Bulger has been one of the seemingly easier exercises. Bulger, the conventional wisdom has gone, is likely to sign elsewhere if a starting job presents itself. However, could there be a scenario where Bulger re-signs with Baltimore? A daily team observer said it cannot be ruled out if other starting jobs dry up — or just don't appeal to Bulger.

We're told the Ravens definitely would welcome Bulger, who's regarded as one of the NFL's top reserves and a capable starter, back for 2011. Bulger, 34, didn't throw a pass in 2010, with Joe Flacco starting every game. If Bulger is back, the Ravens likely would be out of the market for another quarterback, with sixth-round pick Tyrod Taylor having a chance to stick as the No. 3 quarterback. Hunter Cantwell, who spent last season on the practice squad, is also in the mix.

In an interview with KTAR Radio in Phoenix on June 16, former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, who played with Bulger in St. Louis, indicated that Bulger could be happy being a starter or a backup.

"The one thing that I always appreciated about Marc is that football wasn't everything," Warner told KTAR. "For too many guys it's all about winning or losing. It's all about starting, and it's all about how much money you can make, and that was never Marc Bulger. "

Warner also called Bulger an "extreme competitor" and said he was "hard-pressed to believe" that Bulger wouldn't want to start in a "good situation where he could win."