Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

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

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

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

Ravens restructured DT Brandon Williams' contract.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said this was the plan all the way back in February. Baltimore converted $7.5 million of his base salary into a signing bonus. The move does not cost Williams anything, but it creates $5.625 million of much-needed cap relief for the Ravens.
Mar 15 - 11:22 AM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley has Ravens OL Alex Lewis penciled in at right tackle.

After re-signing James Hurst to presumably play left guard, Baltimore has to find a new spot for Lewis. Hensley admits Lewis could end up somewhere else if the Ravens draft a tackle, but right tackle is his most likely landing spot right now. Lewis started a few games at left tackle as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Mar 15 - 10:27 AM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Raiders are expected to release Michael Crabtree if they sign free agent Jordy Nelson.

Even as other outlets covering the team have reported Crabtree is safe, the Review-Journal has insisted he isn't, and Tuesday's visit with Nelson all but confirms it. Nelson has history with Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, a former Packers exec. Nelson would take Crabtree's old possession/red-zone role across from Amari Cooper. Cooper is expected to be the Raiders' go-to wideout in '18.
Mar 13 - 10:52 PM

Ravens signed WR John Brown, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year, $5 million contract.

With incentives he could earn up to $6.5 million. This has to feel like somewhat of a letdown for the Ravens, who came up short in their pursuit of both Jarvis Landry and Donte Moncrief. Brown became a household name when he went for 1,000 yards in 2015 but has struggled to stay on the field while battling a sickle-cell condition. The 27-year-old is an adequate replacement for deep threat Mike Wallace but obviously comes with significant injury risk. He joins an underwhelming Baltimore pass-catching corps featuring declining vet Jeremy Maclin and draft bust Breshad Perriman.
Mar 13 - 7:02 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens are "pretty far down the road" with free agent John Brown.

If healthy, Brown would be a nice addition to the Ravens' stagnant receiver corps. "If healthy" is far from a guarantee with Brown, however. Old when he entered the league in 2014, Brown turns 28 next month.
Mar 13 - 5:17 PM


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