Player News - Ravens

Date: Team: Pos:

The Ravens have opened talks with free agent RE Brent Urban.

This was expected after John Harbaugh said he wanted to re-sign Urban last month. Urban is recovering from September Lisfranc surgery but is hoping to get cleared for OTAs. A one year prove-it deal would make sense for both sides.
Feb 17 - 3:02 PM

Ravens FS Tony Jefferson is a candidate to restructure his contract.

The Ravens need to clear cap space and can save $3.3 million from converting Jefferson's salary into a bonus. Joe Flacco ($8.25 million in savings), Jimmy Smith ($4 million), Marshal Yanda ($3 million) and Eric Weddle ($2.75 million) are also candidates to restructure.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 2:39 PM

Ravens ILB Ray Lewis was one of five players elected into the 2018 Hall of Fame.

Lewis is joined by WR Randy Moss, LB Brian Urlacher, SS Brian Dawkins, and WR Terrell Owens. The Senior and Contributor committees also elected former Packers OG Jerry Kramer, Oilers LB Robert Brazile, and Redskins/Chargers GM Bobby Beathard. Lewis, Moss, and Urlacher are all first ballot Hall of Famers. Notable snubs from this year's group were Jaguars OT Tony Boselli, Steelers OG Alan Faneca, and Bucs SS John Lynch. Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed are eligible for the 2019 class.
Feb 3 - 8:46 PM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was adamant in his support of Joe Flacco at Friday's press conference.

That's in contrast to GM Ozzie Newsome -- whom Bisciotti announced will step down in 2019 -- and coach John Harbaugh, whose firing Bisciotti said was "considered" after another disappointing season. When asked about replacing Flacco, Bisciotti replied, "We have bigger fish to fry" and "repeatedly backed" Flacco as the Ravens' quarterback whenever the topic came up. Bisciotti noted Flacco's 2017 back injury "several times" to explain his ineffectiveness. Flacco's yards-per-attempt averages have dipped precipitously in the last four years (7.2 > 6.1 > 6.0 > 5.3). Beat writer Jeff Zrebiec suggested Bisciotti's support for Flacco likely means the Ravens won't draft a quarterback with their first-round pick.
Feb 2 - 2:48 PM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged the team could look to restructure DT Brandon Williams' contract this offseason.

The Ravens have under $10 million in available cap space, a number they will look to increase through contract restructuring. "We'll do what we have to do to fill our roster through free agency. We've got some [cap room] and we can create more," said Bisciotti. "I'm not too worried." Williams is set to earn $8.5 million in 2018, though the Ravens could free up money by either backloading his deal or converting some of into a bonus. Williams earned PFF's No. 3 run-stopping grade among 3-4 defensive ends in 2017.
Feb 2 - 2:41 PM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti admitted the team "considered" making a coaching change after missing the playoffs in 2017.

"Certainly, it was a thought," he said at Friday's press conference. Bisciotti was pleased the team was able to overcome a slow start in 2017, but after falling short of the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, it appears Harbaugh is officially on the hot seat. For Harbaugh to keep his job, the Ravens need to take a big step forward on offense next season. Only five teams in the league produced fewer yards than Baltimore in 2017.
Feb 2 - 1:58 PM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Ozzie Newsome will step down as GM next year.

He'll transition into a consultant/evaluator role after the 2018 season. "He'll be the highest paid scout in the league," said Bisciotti. Newsome will be succeeded by Eric DeCosta, who has served as the Ravens' assistant GM since 2012. It's been a successful run for Newsome, who has led Baltimore to a pair of Super Bowls since joining the organization in 1996. However, after missing the playoffs four of the last five years, it may be time for a new voice to lead the front office.
Feb 2 - 1:37 PM

Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley could be extended this offseason.

Mosely is entering a contract year after his 2018 option was picked up. A Pro Bowler three of his first four seasons, Baltimore should lock up Mosely sometime before training camp. Mosley is expected to command $11 million-plus annually.
Source: ESPN
Jan 27 - 7:02 PM

In a statement, the Ravens said CB Marlon Humphrey told them his arrest was a "misunderstanding."

According to the police report and Humphrey, the corner is accused of stealing a $15 phone charger. He was booked on a third-degree robbery charge, however, suggesting there was some kind of altercation. The Ravens say Humphrey is cooperating with police.
Jan 25 - 12:35 PM

Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey was arrested for third-degree robbery in Alabama on Thursday.

The details of the incident are unknown, but third-degree robbery in Alabama is defined as the accused using force or threatening to use force during a robbery. It is a Class C felony. A first-round pick last year, Humphrey was impressive as a rookie, but he is now looking at a likely suspension.
Source: AL.com
Jan 25 - 11:31 AM

Ravens OT Austin Howard could be an offseason cap casualty.

Howard hasn't lived up to his contract after signing a three-year deal last offseason. The Ravens can save $4 million from making him a post-June cut with only $1 million in dead money. Despite a middling year, Howard won't struggle for interest if he's released.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 8:02 PM

Ravens OG Matt Skura is a candidate to start at center in 2018.

A 2016 UDFA, Skura made 12 starts in place of Marshal Yanda last season. He was exclusively a center at Duke and could be an in-house option if Ryan Jensen leaves in free agency. Skura had negative PFF grades in his first year as a starter, but may benefit from returning to his college position.
Source: ESPN
Jan 20 - 7:40 PM

Ravens DL Carl Davis underwent shoulder surgery after the season.

A 2015 third-rounder, Davis played 300 snaps and made nine starts for the Ravens this season while appearing in 15-of-16 games. He has one year left on his rookie deal and is expected to be ready for training camp.
Jan 12 - 10:30 AM

Ravens promoted LBs coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator.

An NFL assistant since 2004, "Wink" has been coaching the Ravens' linebackers since 2012. He has one prior year of coordinating experience, the Broncos in 2010. Martindale is being billed as an aggressive coach in the Rex/Rob Ryan mold. We would expect little drop off from a defense that's been the engine of the Ravens going on three decades.
Jan 9 - 4:57 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not commit to Alex Collins as his lead back moving forward.

Harbaugh did say Collins "has proven the fact that he can be a very good back in this league," but he also said the team will look to "upgrade everything" before mentioning 2016 fourth-rounder Kenneth Dixon, who missed the season with a knee injury. Danny Woodhead and Buck Allen are also still under contract. All of that congestion makes it difficult to peg how much work Collins will see moving forward, but his 212/973/6 performance on the ground this season should at least earn him the first crack at the early-down role.
Source: ESPN
Jan 9 - 9:40 AM


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