Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The Ravens would save $5.75 million in salary cap space by releasing Mike Wallace.

Wallace's $8 million cap charge is fifth highest on the Ravens, and the Baltimore Sun suggests Wallace's roster spot isn't safe despite leading the team in 2016 receiving yards (1,017). The Ravens also lost Steve Smith Sr. to retirement and may lose Kamar Aiken in free agency, perhaps increasing the odds they keep Wallace for one more year. Wallace turns 31 before the start of the season.
Jan 26 - 10:30 AM

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the Colts have requested to interview Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta for their opening at GM.

The Colts' list of GM candidates keeps growing longer. Chiefs Director of Football Operations Chris Ballard, Seahawks Co-Directors of Player Personnel Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner, Vikings assistant GM George Paton, Colts interim GM Jimmy Raye III and Packers Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf have all been linked to the vacancy left by fired GM Ryan Grigson. DeCosta is close friends with Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who served as the Ravens' defensive coordinator when DeCosta was the team's Director of Player Personnel.
Jan 24 - 3:31 PM

Undrafted rookie Patrick Onwuasor could be an option to replace retired ILB Zachary Orr in 2017.

Onwuasor only played 60 snaps on defense as a rookie, but he got the start in Week 17 with Orr sidelined. 2016 second-rounder Kamalei Correa will also get a shot, and Baltimore could decide to move Albert McClellan back inside if they want to replace Orr in-house. Looking at the candidates, it would be a surprise if the Ravens did not bring in some help this offseason.
Jan 23 - 10:27 PM

The Ravens now view 2016 second-rounder Kamalei Correa as an inside linebacker.

Correa was drafted No. 42 overall in last year's draft as a 3-4 edge rusher, but Baltimore quickly moved him inside last spring. The coaching staff said he lacked instincts and needs to dissect plays faster. Correa ended up playing just 49 snaps as a rookie but could replace recently-retired Zach Orr as the starter next to C.J. Mosley. Correa will certainly face competition.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 10:15 AM


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