Free agent waters unruly

Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 1:00am

Every year, hundred of players become free agents and many believe things will be better somewhere else. Call it the grass is always greener syndrome. Most of the time, more money is the lure or increased chances of playing. But often, it's better to stay put when the money is still darn good.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister spoke about that when the subject of his impending free agency was broached. McAlister was franchised this year, and is playing for the one-year tender of $5.7 million. He's not sure if the Ravens will franchise him again if there is no long-term deal concluded in February, but he made it clear he doesn't want to leave.

"I ain't going nowhere," McAlister said. "For the record, McAlister will be a Raven. I'll be a Raven for my entire, natural-born life. When I retire, I'm going to work up with (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) in the scouting department.

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