Player News - Ravens

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ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley suggested the team is high on second-year UDFA NT Michael Pierce.

Pierce played 375 snaps as a rookie out of Samford and dominated in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 defensive tackle against the run despite playing fewer snaps than every other player ahead of him. Pierce's strong rookie year might make it easier if Baltimore can't re-sign NT Brandon Williams in free agency. Williams is expected to command top dollar.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 12:14 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects impending free agent NT Brandon Williams to get a more lucrative contract offer elsewhere.

Williams is one of the top free agent interior defensive linemen set to hit the market. He'll turn 28 next month and could end up chasing the money with this possibly being his only shot to cash in during his career. Williams anchored the Ravens' No. 5-ranked DVOA run defense this season. He could be looking at a deal similar to what Damon Harrison got from the Giants.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:53 PM

New Ravens offensive assistant Greg Roman's official title is senior offensive assistant/TEs coach.

Roman is expected to oversee the Ravens' rushing attack. Roman is one of the league's most respected ground minds. He's a solid get opposite the more passing-minded Marty Mornhinweg.
Jan 12 - 3:01 PM

In an interview on FS1, Steve Smith Sr. reiterated he is "retired."

"I sent in my paperwork to Roger Goodell on January 2," Smith added. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Tuesday he was "still hoping" Smith would return in some capacity next season, but it seems clear Smith has antagonized his last defensive back.
Jan 12 - 9:46 AM

Ravens hired former Bills OC Greg Roman.

Roman's official title is still being worked out, but he was hired to help jump-start a rushing attack which averaged just 91 yards a game this season. The Bills were one of the best rushing offenses in the league under Roman, and the 49ers finished 8th, 4th, 3rd, and 4th in rushing yards while he was running the show. This is a good hire.
Jan 12 - 9:24 AM

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome confirmed OLB Terrell Suggs is expected back for a 15th season in 2017.

The No. 10 overall pick of the 2003 draft is recovering from a torn biceps, but remained an effective player in 2016. He appeared in 15 games after being limited to one appearance in 2015 by a torn Achilles'. Suggs turns 35 in October.
Jan 10 - 3:27 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he was "still hoping" Steve Smith Sr. returns in some capacity next season.

It's unclear how serious Bisciotti was, as he admitted he knew there was no way Sr. would subject himself to training camp. Bisciotti said he was "still hoping" Sr. showed up at the team facility in September. Sr. seems at peace with his delayed decision to hang it up. We're guessing he's played his final down.
Jan 10 - 2:15 PM

Speaking about Joe Flacco on Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said "we need more out of Joe."

"I think Joe would agree with that," Bisciotti helpfully added. Coming back from a torn ACL, Flacco actually threw for a career-high 4,317 yards in 2016, but only because he was forced to dial up an absurd 672 attempts. That's not Ravens football. Flacco struggled mightily to make big plays, and averaged a woeful 6.42 yards per attempt. The first year back from a torn ACL can be tough for a quarterback — even Tom Brady wasn't quite himself in 2009 — but days shy of his 32nd birthday, Flacco will be on the spot to be better next season.
Jan 10 - 1:48 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Greg Roman is a candidate to replace Pep Hamilton as the Browns' QBs coach.

Hamilton just left the Browns to become the passing-game coordinator at the University of Michigan, where he will serve under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Roman was fired as the Bills' offensive coordinator just two games into the 2016 season. The Bills' offense actually performed well under Roman, who was thought to be a scapegoat for head coach Rex Ryan. Of course, Ryan himself was let go later in the year. Even if it's not with Cleveland, Roman should find an opportunity in the NFL somewhere this offseason.
Jan 9 - 6:38 PM

Coach John Harbaugh admitted the Ravens want to add a game-breaking running back to the roster this offseason.

"We need another back," Harbaugh said. "We have not run the football well enough or enough, really, for the last two years. That has to change." The Ravens have set a franchise-low in rushing attempts each of the past two seasons, and Harbaugh wants to change that after missing the playoffs both years. Kenneth Dixon was drafted in the fourth round last year, but he and Terrance West didn't provide many big plays on offense in 2016. Baltimore could be a landing spot for LSU's Leonard Fournette or FSU's Dalvin Cook in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 9:32 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes impending free agent NT Brandon Williams will be the Ravens' priority this offseason.

Baltimore's list of free agents includes RT Rick Wagner and FB Kyle Juszczyk, but Zrebiec writes Williams will be the main focus, which is a smart decision by the Ravens. That said, price could be an issue after Damon Harrison landed a five-year, $46.25-million deal with the Giants last offseason. If Williams wants that kind of money, the Ravens may be priced out of his market.
Jan 7 - 11:36 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec wrote "it's tough to envision" Dennis Pitta returning for 2017 on his current contract.

Pitta took a pay cut last offseason to stay with the team, and he might have to do the same again this spring. Pitta did lead tight ends with 86 catches in his comeback campaign, but he averaged 8.5 yards per catch while finding the end zone twice. That production is not worth the $7.7 million cap hit Pitta carries next season, especially since the Ravens currently have six tight ends on the roster. It would not be surprising if Baltimore moved on from both Pitta and Benjamin Watson this offseason.
Jan 7 - 11:17 AM

The Ravens aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent RT Rick Wagner.

Wagner just finished out his rookie contract. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 pass-blocking right tackle this season and has missed just two games in four seasons. Wagner was PFF's No. 1 overall right tackle in 2014. The Ravens wouldn't pay LG Kelechi Osemele last offseason and don't appear prepared to do so with Wagner. He'll likely command $6-7 million per year.
Jan 6 - 11:37 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec expects the Ravens to release OLB Elvis Dumervil this offseason.

Dumervil battled a foot injury all season, missing the first three games of the season and Weeks 6-11. When on the field, Dumervil recorded three sacks in eight games and received strong pass-rush marks from Pro Football Focus. But after racking up 26.5 sacks his first two seasons in Baltimore, Dumervil, who turns 33 later this month, has just nine sacks over the past two years. He has one year left on his contract. Baltimore can clear $6 million by releasing him.
Jan 6 - 11:33 AM

Steve Smith Sr. announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons.

"This is to notify you that as of today I will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs," said Smith, in true "89" fashion. "I am retiring from the NFL." Smith was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2001 and spent his first 13 years in Carolina. He's the team's all-time leading receiver with 836 catches for 12,197 yards and 67 touchdowns. In two seasons with the Ravens, Smith caught 116 balls for 1,469 yards and eight scores. Smith is seventh on the all-time receiving yards list and deserves serious Hall of Fame consideration.
Jan 6 - 9:42 AM


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