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High tender for CB Webb logical move for Ravens

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By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens were the only club to use first- and second-round RFA tenders. That's understandable, considering Baltimore had much to lose. CBs Lardarius Webb, who received one of only four first-round tenders handed out by NFL clubs in 2012, emerged as one of the AFC's better cornerbacks a season ago. Meanwhile, Baltimore's other starting corner, Cary Williams, garnered a second-round tender after a career-best campaign. The Ravens also gave ILB Dannell Ellerbe a second-round tender; if LB Jameel McClain isn't re-signed, Ellerbe could have a chance to start opposite of Ray Lewis in 2012. Ellerbe does not figure to draw an offer sheet, and the high tenders figure to make clubs think twice before signing Webb or Williams, too. At the club's season-in-review press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome said the club is open to signing the 26-year-old Webb to a long-term deal. "I think it would be best for this organization," Newsome said. "The sooner you strike, the better deal you can get for yourself." The feeling is talks of a new contract for either cornerback, were they to occur, could come after free agency calms down.

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