When cornerback Josh Wilson got traded to the Ravens just before the start of the 2010 season, he discussed how excited he was to play back in his home state.
Now, even though he's likely to become an unrestricted free agent, Wilson says he's interested in staying in Charm City.
Talking about his free agent plans yesterday on "The Norris & Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan, Wilson said that he would like to come back and play with the Ravens again next season. The Hyattsville native and University of Maryland product also said he believes the feeling is mutual.
"For me, it's a better opportunity than other players," Wilson said. "I'm glad I'm in a situation where (I'm in) a place that I would love to come back to (and) a team that, from my understanding, would love to have me here. It could go as easy as that. Other players are on teams that they know they're not going to be back. They don't want to be back. So, they have to go and find another team.
"Hopefully (the collective bargaining agreement situation) can get figured out soon and the Ravens and my representation can work this thing out and I won't have to move an inch. I just want things to play themselves out in the nice and easy way. I'd rather not go the hard road."
Wilson played in 14 games for the Ravens last season, starting nine. He registered 40 tackles, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a game-winning touchdown against the Texans.
Under the current CBA rules, Wilson is a restricted free agent, and he was tendered a RFA contract by the Ravens. More than likely, however, Wilson will become an unrestricted free agent under the new CBA because he has four years of service.
Regardless, it sounds like Wilson is interested in staying put and coming back to Baltimore next season. Fellow free agent cornerback Chris Carr has expressed a similar sentiment, and if both of those two return, they would team with Domonique Foxworth (who is coming off ACL surgery) and Lardarius Webb to give the Ravens a solid cornerback group.