Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

Ravens signed Willie Snead, formerly of the Saints, to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus. Since Snead was a restricted free agent, the Saints had the option to match his offer sheet, but they declined. Snead was foiled by a suspension, injuries, and a lack of playing time last season, but he was a consistently productive part of New Orleans' passing attack in 2015 and 16, racking up 141 catches for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns those two seasons. He is a good get for a team which needs as much help in the passing game as they can find.
Apr 23 - 10:38 AM

Matt Skura is currently penciled in as the Ravens' starter at center.

Ryan Jensen bolted in free agency, leaving Baltimore thin at center. A 2016 UDFA, Skura got his feet wet with 12 starts at right guard last season, but he mostly struggled. Baltimore should be on the lookout for an upgrade in the draft. Depending on how comfortable they are with James Hurst, they also could be looking for a starter at right tackle this weekend.
Apr 23 - 9:48 AM

Ravens signed restricted free agent WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million offer sheet.

The Saints will now have five days to match the offer or risk losing him. Snead already reported to the Saints' offseason program but the team is unlikely to match Baltimore's offer after they gave him just an original-round tender then signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. New Orleans also re-signed Brandon Coleman earlier this week. Assuming Snead moves on to the Ravens, they will have overhauled their receiving corps by adding Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Snead this offseason.
Apr 20 - 10:41 AM

Ravens signed Alex Collins to a one-year contract.

Collins was an exclusive rights free agent, so his only options were to sign the tender or sit out the season. Coming off a breakout campaign, Collins heads into the offseason program as the favorite for touches in a crowded backfield. Baltimore also re-signed WR Quincy Adeboyejo, TE Vince Mayle, OL Matt Skura, OL Maurquice Shakir, ILB Patrick Onwuasor, and CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
Apr 17 - 9:12 AM

Saints restricted free agent WR Willie Snead reported for the offseason program.

Ian Rapoport reports Snead has yet to sign his RFA tender, but he will participate in the offseason program. Frozen out after serving a three-game suspension to open the season, Snead was given just an original-round tender by the Saints, who also signed Cameron Meredith to a two-year, $9.6 million contract. Snead visited the Ravens last month, but it does not seem like an offer sheet is forthcoming at this point.
Apr 16 - 9:43 AM

Ravens signed QB Robert Griffin III to a one-year contract.

RGIII spent all of last season out of the league after another injury-marred and disappointing 2016 season with the Browns. In Baltimore, Griffin slides in as the current No. 2 behind Joe Flacco and ahead of presumed No. 3 Josh Woodrum. The Ravens easily could use a high draft pick on another quarterback. Griffin is by no means assured of making the Ravens' final 53.
Apr 4 - 11:49 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants Joe Flacco to organize a passing camp with his new receivers.

Baltimore overhauled their receiver corps this offseason, adding John Brown and Ryan Grant Michael Crabtree. They are also likely to add more help during the draft. With Flacco coming off yet another down season, his coach wants him to take the initiative. "Look at the great passing games. It’s because they’re precise," Harbaugh said. "Before practice, after practice, in the offseason -- we’ve heard all those stories. That’s what it takes. For Joe to have those guys and get with those guys and get great, that’s what we expect." Flacco averaged 6.1 yards per attempt with 38 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Apr 3 - 10:01 AM

Coach John Harbaugh said last year's LG James Hurst will open the offseason as the starting right tackle.

That likely means Alex Lewis will head back to left guard after missing all of last season with a torn labrum. Hurst just got paid this month, inking a new four-year deal that includes $8 million guaranteed. He has the ability to play tackle and guard but struggled mightily at tackle early in his career.
Mar 28 - 9:12 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh envisions Alex Lewis playing left guard.

There was speculation Lewis would kick out to right tackle after the Ravens re-signed James Hurst, but Harbaugh thinks Hurst will be the one to move outside. Hurst has struggled wherever he has played throughout his career, so it still makes sense for the Ravens to look for a tackle in the draft.
Source: ESPN
Mar 27 - 10:53 AM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles) is ahead of schedule.

Harbaugh added he is counting on Smith being ready for Week 1. That is an upgrade from January, when Harbaugh said Smith's availability for the season opener was "up in the air." At worst, it sounds like Smith will be ready to go early in the season.
Mar 27 - 10:05 AM

Restricted free agent Willie Snead is visiting the Ravens on Wednesday.

The Saints placed the original-pick tender on former UDFA Snead, so they only get the right to match whatever offer Snead gets but wouldn't receive any compensation if Snead leaves. Baltimore is doing its best to overhaul its receiving corps, having already signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown.
Mar 21 - 10:00 AM

Ravens DT Brandon Williams is dealing with a degenerative eye disorder.

Called keratoconus, the disorder results in a progressive thinning of the cornea which affects vision and can eventually lead to blindness if untreated. Williams had surgery to repair his left eye before the 2017 season, and he underwent the procedure on his right eye this month. Thankfully, it does not appear the condition will affect him on the football field moving forward.
Source: AP
Mar 20 - 9:39 AM

Ravens signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million contract.

This was an obvious fit after the Raiders dumped Crabtree for Jordy Nelson. Crabtree had a dropoff while playing through injuries in 2017 but is still one of the best route runners in the league. After sharing the spotlight with Amari Cooper, Crabtree will be the clear No. 1 option in Baltimore. He should see an increase from the 101 targets he saw last year — his lowest total since 2014. The Ravens are a run-first offense, but Crabtree will remain a threat for double-digit touchdowns.
Mar 16 - 6:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Michael Crabtree will visit the Ravens on Friday.

Just released hours ago, Crabtree predictably did not have to wait long before drawing interest. Baltimore perplexingly gave Ryan Grant a four-year, $29 million deal at the start of free agency, but Crabtree would undoubtedly be their No. 1 if he signs, even coming off a down year.
Mar 15 - 6:15 PM

Raiders released WR Michael Crabtree.

The move saves the Raiders a tad over $7.7 million against the cap. Most of that will likely go to Jordy Nelson, who is not only older than Crabtree, but also looked more out of gas in 2017. However, GM Reggie McKenzie and new WRs coach Edgar Bennett know Nelson from Green Bay. And that trumps all in the "football guys" world. Crabtree is an elite red-zone force and has vise-grip mitts, even if he had a small bout of drops late last season. Crabtree turns 31 this year but is a tremendous route-runner and should quickly land on his feet.
Mar 15 - 3:50 PM


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