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Longtime kicker Stover says he will not return to Ravens next season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Veteran kicker Matt Stover says he's no longer in the Baltimore Ravens' plans.

Matt Stover, K
Free agent

2008 Statistics
Field Goals Made: 27

Field Goal Tried: 33

Longest Kick: 47

Stover said Thursday night that when he approached team officials Monday to tell them about a free-agent offer to kick for the New York Jets, they responded by telling the 41-year-old that they are "going in a different direction."

But the Jets signed kicker Jay Feely, who's a close friend of Stover's. The development leaves Stover without a kicking job for next season.

Now, Stover's intentions are to keep his options open and possibly continue playing.

In 18 NFL seasons, Stover has made 462 of 552 field-goal attempt and hit 558 of 561 career extra-point tries for a 99.5 conversion percentage. He statred his career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, then moved with the team to Baltimore in 1996 when it became the Ravens.

Stover was the last remaining Raven to have made the move from Cleveland.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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