Baltimore Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura says he feels no extra tension as he prepares for free agency for the first time in his four-year career.
Nakamura, 25, doesn’t know what the future may hold for him, but he has a clear agenda as he prepares to weigh the different options and opportunities that might come his way in the coming days.
“If I could come back to Baltimore, yeah, I would love to come back to Baltimore, but at the same time, with personal goals, if I had the opportunity to go somewhere and get more playing time or even possibly start – just to compete to start – I’d be really interested,” Nakamura told the Norris and Davis show on 105.7 The Fan.
Nakamura, who was selected in the sixth-round of the 2008 draft by the Ravens, has made his mark on special teams while serving as a backup safety and cornerback. In 15 regular-season games last year, he recorded 12 tackles (nine on special teams) and two pass deflections.
With future Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed and hard-hitting safety Bernard Pollard as the team’s two starting safeties, the chance for more playing time in the Charm City is limited for Nakamura.
If this marks the end for Nakamura in a Ravens uniform, the team will have to find away to not only replace his contributions on special teams, but the leadership he brings to that unit as well.