Cool welcome for Bulger in Baltimore

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

That’s quite the welcome mat they’re rolling out for Marc Bulger in Baltimore.

First Joe Flacco gets him at the door with a “glad you’re here, but frankly we’d rather stay with what we had.”

Two more steps inside the locker room and Ed Reed is there to formally introduce himself and suggest that, yeah, we heard you were a good guy but we would much prefer to hold on to Troy Smith.

Talk about being the odd man out.

This is like moving midway through the school year and being introduced as the new kid to a classroom of already established cliques.

Fortunately, Bulger has been around long enough that this shouldn’t shake him.

He might be uncomfortable for a while, but with eight NFL seasons under his belt, he’s not about to let a less-then-welcoming welcome have any real impact on him. Besides, Smith himself has stepped forward and opened his arms to the new competition.

More Tebow boosting

Until now, the majority of the Tim Tebow needs snaps cries were coming from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King who seems invested in getting Tebow an opportunity to show his stuff as soon as possible. King though now has some company in Denver Post columnist Dave Kreiger, who stops short of suggesting Tebow will actually supplant incumbent Kyle Orton this year but suggests we could be seeing a lot of Tebow in Denver’s version of the wildcat.

Krieger tells his readers not to be surprised if they see heavy doses of Tebow lining up in the backfield, in the slot or even at wideout.

Part of his reasoning is that head coach Josh McDaniels, no stranger to the self-congratulating move, might be averse to letting his bold first-round pick sit on the bench all season.

The other reason for it is to take advantage of Tebow’s natural athletic ability.

Either way, Kreiger suggests a heavy dose of Tebow, even if he doesn’t knock Orton off his perch, is in order.

Fourth and Inches

It won’t come as a surprise because local beat reporters in New Orleans have been predicting it for a while, but the NFL Network is reporting that former Washington quarterback Patrick Ramsey will be joining the Saints later this week. He will take over from Mark Brunell as Drew Brees’ understudy ... All that talk about a mano-a-mano talk between Brett Favre and Vikings head coach Brad Childress was overstated. The two men did meet as Childress stopped by on his way home from a Florida vacation earlier this week. But as for a reporting date for Favre or even a more definite response to the question of whether Favre will be a Viking or not, those questions were not asked or answered. After the meeting, Favre told USA Today it was more or less a nice visit. As for his progress from off-season ankle surgery, Favre isn’t real happy yet. “After almost nine weeks, it’s not where I would like it to be, but I’m working at it,” he said. “Maybe it never gets to where I want it to be. Forty years old ... three surgeries ... that’s all you need to know.” Sure Brett. We’re betting the old ankle feels a lot better once the Vikings two-a-days are over ... Word out of San Francisco is that tight end Vernon Davis, the next Niner in line for a contract extension, will be looking to break the bank. At least he wants to be the highest paid tight end in the NFL. Davis is looking to cash in on his league-leading 13 TD’s a year ago. He made just over $5.7 million US in 2009 and wants a bump into the $8-million range according to published reports. What isn’t getting talked about is the fact that Davis had a combined nine touchdowns his first three years in the league and that last year’s 965 yards receiving was almost double his previous highest total.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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