Player News - Ravens

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In a statement released Sunday morning, the Ravens announced that impending free agent S Matt Elam is "not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens."

The Ravens were unlikely to bring back Elam anyway after declining his fifth-year option for 2017. Now the 25-year-old is facing three felony drug charges and is being held on $15,000 bond. It's fair to wonder if the former first-round pick has played his last down in the NFL.
Feb 26 - 11:15 AM

Impending free agent S Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Sunday in Miami.

Elam was pulled over for driving recklessly. When police searched his vehicle, they discovered 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone. He was booked at 3:45 a.m. on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis with the intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun believes the charges are serious enough to threaten Elam's career.
Feb 26 - 8:41 AM

Spotrac projects impending free agent Rick Wagner to become the second-highest paid right tackle in the league.

Lane Johnson currently tops the list at $11.25 million per year, but he is being paid like a future left tackle. Bryan Bulaga is the highest paid true right tackle at $6.75 million and is closely followed by Mitchell Schwartz, who signed a five-year, $33-million deal including $20.7 million guaranteed with the Chiefs last offseason. Schwartz's deal should be the starting point for Wagner's negotiations.
Source: ESPN
Feb 23 - 10:00 AM

Sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo the Ravens "may balk" at paying Dennis Pitta's $5.5 million salary.

The Baltimore Sun hinted at this after the season. Turning 32 in June, Pitta's 86 receptions led all NFL tight ends last year, but he averaged an anemic 6.02 yards per target and didn't have a positive impact on offense beyond catching short passes and immediately falling down. Pitta also wasn't a big part of the Ravens' red-zone passing game. In Maxx Williams and Darren Waller, Baltimore has younger tight ends with more potential, and could use salary cap relief.
Feb 22 - 9:53 PM

The Ravens can create $2.3 million in cap room by releasing C Jeremy Zuttah.

Zuttah is firmly on the bubble as the Ravens look to shake things up a bit after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Zuttah turns 31 this summer and is an undersized center at right around 300 pounds. He was PFF's No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers in 2016, grading out well in run blocking.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 10:28 AM

Impending free agent NT Brandon Williams said his future is still "up in the air."

"If it so happens I feel like Baltimore is the best place for me, then I'll stay and we'll work it out from there," Williams said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If not, and I feel it's right somewhere else and that's where I need to be, that's where I'll be." The Ravens have spoken openly about their desire to retain Williams, but these comments suggest there has been little if any movement on a new deal. At this point, Williams looks destined to hit the open market.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 11:09 AM

New Ravens senior offensive assistant and TEs coach Greg Roman said the offense is not going to be "ground and pound."

Roman was hired at least in part to help jump-start the running game, but that does not mean the Ravens will suddenly turn into a run-dominant offense. "Who really wins big doing that," Roman asked perhaps as a shot at former boss Rex Ryan. "I think you have to have balance. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make people respect us in that phase of the game." Roman's presence is great news for the Ravens' rushing attack, but the offense should remain the Joe Flacco show moving forward.
Feb 14 - 10:14 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Ravens made an initial contract offer to free agent RT Rick Wagner, but were "rebuffed."

La Canfora calls Wagner a free agent the Ravens "want to keep" -- along with NT Brandon Williams -- but Wagner's reps were obviously underwhelmed by the team's initial offer. Beat writers expect Wagner to test the open market.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 5:02 PM

The Ravens are expected to prioritize re-signing NT Brandon Williams over fellow free agent RT Rick Wagner.

Per the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, "there seems to be a confidence level among team officials" that they'll find a "serviceable and cheaper replacement" for Wagner. Wagner, 27, enjoyed a bounce-back 2016 campaign following a rough 2015, particularly excelling in pass protection. Wagner figures to command a contract in the same range as Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz, who landed a five-year, $33 million deal last offseason.
Feb 12 - 11:35 PM

The Ravens can save $5.5 million from releasing FS Lardarius Webb.

Webb had an uneven year as a full-time safety, but came on in the second half. Entering his age-32 season, it's possible Baltimore replaces him with a younger free agent like Tony Jefferson. The Ravens are also expected to add secondary depth in the draft.
Feb 10 - 5:24 PM

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun believes retaining Ben Watson (Achilles') and Dennis Pitta "could be an either/or situation" for the Ravens.

The Ravens currently have six tight ends on the roster and need cap space, but their "depth" at the position consists of injury-riddled and underwhelming talent, which makes moving on from both veterans difficult. Cutting Pitta would earn Baltimore slightly more room ($3.3 million vs. $3 million), but Watson is older and coming off an Achilles' tear. Unless Pitta is willing to take another pay cut, this will be a tough decision.
Feb 9 - 10:51 AM

Retired WR Steve Smith Sr. signed a multi-year deal with the NFL Network.

Smith will "appear as an analyst on various NFL Network shows." The deal confirms Smith is finished playing football, although the receiver has already said as much multiple times this offseason. Always outspoken as a player, Smith should have a long career on television.
Feb 2 - 12:05 PM

Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore says he dealt with a "broken back" in 2016.

Gillmore, who was coming back from twin shoulder operations, was limited to seven games by back, hamstring and thigh issues. He didn't play after Week 7. Gillmore made a little fantasy noise in 2015, but his moment in the sun seems to have come and gone.
Jan 31 - 7:39 PM

Ray Lewis said he is "thinking about" becoming a coach.

"My sons are in college, and I’m living a good life right now following them around, seeing the things that they’re doing," Lewis said. "I don’t know if I’ll go directly into it, but it’s something I’m definitely looking into." Lewis, who has done work for ESPN and FOX Sports One, does not sound like he is jumping into the fray right now, but it will not be surprising if we see him on the sidelines in the coming years. Former teammate Ed Reed made the jump to the coaching ranks in 2016.
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the team has "to try to retain" impending free agent NT Brandon Williams.

"He’s an ‘A’ player for us," DeCosta said. "He’s a rock inside. This guy can stuff the run, he can rush the quarterback, he can do everything we want him to do." DeCosta is one of the most important decision makers in the Ravens' front office, so his thoughts on the matter carry a lot of weight. ESPN's Jamison Hensley believes Williams, who should be the top interior defender available once the Panthers tag Kawann Short, will get priced out of Baltimore's market, but these comments suggest the Ravens will be willing to pay top dollar to retain "one of our best defensive players."
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM


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