Gaither, who missed this past season with an upper-back injury, is going to have a bounce-back year, according to Rosenhaus. But since his agent is not a physician or connected to the Ravens, Gaither isn’t ready to return just yet.
But the Rosenhaus comments on Twitter certainly couldn’t hurt his client’s status once free agency begins. If Gaither is an unrestricted free agent, instead of restricted like he would be under the 2010 collective bargaining agreement, he could re-sign with the Ravens or test the open market.
A four-year NFL veteran, Gaither isn’t likely to get a huge contract from the Ravens due to his recent back injury issues. If he does not return to the Ravens, Michael Oher probably would remain at left tackle where he moved from the right side to replace Gaither.
The 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither started 28 games for the Ravens since being selected in the fifth round during the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft, nearly all at left tackle. That’s why Gaither noted that with all due respect to Oher, if he returns to the Ravens it would be as their left tackle. And Oher would move back to the right side.