Player News - Ravens

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New Ravens S Tony Jefferson confirms he turned down more money from the Browns.

"I don't play football for money," Jefferson said on NFL Network. It's doubtful the difference was all that significant, but a reminder of the fact the Browns are going to get upcharged by free agents for as long as they're tanking.
Mar 16 - 5:57 PM

Ravens signed CB Brandon Carr, formerly of the Cowboys to a four-year, $23 million contract.

It comes with a $4 million signing bonus. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's actually a one-year deal with a "series of options." Schefter said it's most realistically called a two-year, $12 million contract. ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer opined in early February that keeping Carr should be a "priority" for the Cowboys, but there had been few updates on his status since. He was allowed to hit the open market with little fanfare. Carr never quite lived up to his monster, five-year contract in Dallas, but was a solid starter. He helps stabilize a secondary that's been uneven in recent years. Carr should align opposite Jimmy Smith, sending Tavon Young to the slot. Carr turns 31 in May.
Mar 16 - 3:49 PM

GM Ozzie Newsome insists the Ravens would have signed Danny Woodhead regardless of Kenneth Dixon's four-game PED suspension.

Newsome admitted Dixon's ban created a greater sense of urgency, but landing Woodhead was the plan all along. "He still would have been a big part of our conversation," said Newsome. "We still would have signed him." In other words, the Ravens envision Woodhead as an important piece of their offense and not just a Band-Aid for when Dixon is out. Fantasy owners can expect Woodhead to dominate passing-down chances with Terrance West handling most of the early-down and short-yardage work early in the season.
Mar 12 - 8:27 AM

New Ravens RB Danny Woodhead thinks he will be the same player coming back from a torn ACL.

"I wasn't going to come back if I couldn't do what I can do," Woodhead said. "I wanted to be able to be the player that I've always been, that I've been the last two or three years. I believe I am." Perhaps he is right, but Woodhead is a 32-year-old coming off a significant knee injury. With Kenneth Dixon suspended the first four games, Woodhead will get every opportunity to show he still has it, but it will not be surprising if he has lost half a step.
Source: ESPN
Mar 11 - 10:42 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Dennis Pitta has reworked his deal to stay with the Ravens.

He would have been cut without the restructure. Turning 32 in June, Pitta was previously owed a $5.5 million base salary with a $7.7 million cap charge. Although he caught 86 passes to lead all NFL tight ends last season, Pitta did nothing in the red zone and amounted to a catch-and-fall guy. He also got blown up as a blocker. Pitta's role should be scaled back this season.
Mar 10 - 5:46 PM

Ravens re-signed DB Anthony Levine.

Levine played 109 snaps on defense last year, splitting his time between strong safety and slot corner. He's a core special teamer.
Mar 10 - 2:30 PM

Ravens re-signed NT Brandon Williams to a five-year, $54 million contract.

Williams gets $27.5 million guaranteed and is now the league's highest-paid nose tackle. The Titans were making a push on Thursday, while the Giants were also linked to the big run-plugger inside. But Baltimore was able to lure Williams back into the fold after it looked very likely earlier this offseason that he was going to leave as a free agent. It's a huge keep for the Ravens' top-end run defense. Williams had a bit of a down year in 2016, but he's still just 28 and in his prime.
Mar 9 - 8:43 PM

ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports the Titans "may be" the Ravens' only competition for NT Brandon Williams.

The Ravens are reportedly making a strong push to re-sign Williams after losing RT Rick Wagner, but the Titans have considerably more cap space. Already loaded up front, Williams would be something of a luxury signing for the Titans, who need to find some help at cornerback above all else.
Source: ESPN
Mar 9 - 5:26 PM

Ravens signed RB Danny Woodhead, formerly of the Chargers, to a three-year, $8.8 million contract with $4.25 million guaranteed.

When the agreement was announced on Wednesday, it was a bit of a head scratcher, but since it was revealed Thursday that second-year RB Kenneth Dixon was hit with a four-game suspension for PEDs, the Woodhead signing makes far more sense. The Ravens still need an upgrade at running back on early downs, but as long as Woodhead stays healthy, he should handle the pass-game work.
Mar 9 - 4:55 PM

The Ravens exercised WR Mike Wallace's option and will keep him for 2017.

There were some whispers the Ravens could move on from Wallace and his $8 million cap hit, but Baltimore ultimately decided to keep their best receiver in the fold after Steve Smith retired and Torrey Smith opted to sign with the Eagles. Wallace and Breshad Perriman are penciled in as Nos. 1 and 2 out wide.
Mar 9 - 4:44 PM

NFL suspended Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs.

It's a disappointing misstep for a player who showed promise as a rookie last season. With Dixon sidelined for the first four games, we'd expect the Ravens to employ a backfield committee featuring Terrance West and newly-signed pass-catcher Danny Woodhead. Dixon racked up 382 rushing yards on 88 attempts last season with most of those carries coming in the second half of the year.
Mar 9 - 4:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Ravens and free agent NT Brandon Williams are "working diligently" on a new deal.

Williams was widely expected to bolt in free agency, but the Ravens may have upped their interest once RT Rick Wagner left for the Lions. It is still not a given Williams re-signs, however, and Rapoport reports "multiple teams" are attempting to line up visits. With Calais Campbell seemingly off the board, Williams is the best defensive lineman left on the market.
Mar 9 - 11:49 AM

Ravens tendered restricted free agent WR Michael Campanaro at the original-round level.

It's a surprising decision considering Campanaro's injury history -- he's been around three years and has never played more than four games -- but also speaks to how the Ravens value him. A skilled slot receiver who averaged 12.6 yards per punt return last year, Campanaro is now owed a $1.797 million salary.
Mar 8 - 10:36 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Ravens will sign RB Danny Woodhead.

We're still waiting on the contract details. Woodhead missed most of last season with a torn ACL but is back to full health. In his last healthy season Woodhead led all running backs with 80 catches and 755 receiving yards. He'll likely hog most of the passing-down work in Baltimore, just as he has in previous stops in New England and San Diego. Woodhead is a valuable weapon in any offense but this seems like an odd fit, particularly given the presence of promising second-year back Kenneth Dixon.
Mar 8 - 10:31 PM

Ravens re-signed QB Ryan Mallett to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Mallett was in danger of falling out of the league after oversleeping/missing a flight got him cut in Houston, but he's found a home in Baltimore. Aside from 2015's ACL tear, Joe Flacco has never missed a game. Turning 29 in June, Mallett's odds of getting on the field this year are slim.
Mar 8 - 10:09 PM


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