Kindle contract on hold

On Sunday, there were strong indications that Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle would sign his one-year, $320,000 tender as soon as Monday.

The process has now been delayed, perhaps indefinitely.

Kindle apparently was ready to accept the offer and not press for a multi-year deal based on the most recent assessment conducted by team physicians.  Kindle now is expected to seek a second opinion before accepting the team’s mandatory contract offer.

The only problem is that, with each week, the total available salary shrinks by more than $18,800 — unless the Ravens are willing to pay him the full $320,000, the mandatory minimum salary for a first-year player.

Kindle then would be an exclusive-rights free agent (i.e., not a free agent) in 2011.