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Ravens executive O.J. Brigance honored by Baltimore Warhawks semipro football team

The Baltimore Warhawks, a semipro football team of police officers and firefighters, honored Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance on Saturday.

A former Ravens linebacker who won a Super Bowl with the team during the 2000 NFL season, Brigance was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Brigance's No. 57 jersey was retired in honor of the Warhawks' partnership with his charitable foundation, the Brigance Brigade foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Brigance's foundation. The Warhawks play in the National Public Safety League and opened their season Saturday against the Philadelphia Blue Flame.

"I am very excited about the partnership between the Brigance Brigade Foundation and the Baltimore Warhawks," Brigance told The Baltimore Sun. "These are Baltimore’s finest first responders, and to have my number retired by the team is a great honor for me and the...

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Lardarius Webb hoping to finish career with Ravens after restructuring his contract

When veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb recently restructured his contract, he did so with the intention of finishing his career with the Ravens.

Webb lowered his salary cap figure from $12 million for this year to $9.25 million, creating a net savings of $2.75 million.

"My goal is to retire a Raven, and while it wasn’t an easy decision, I wanted to put the team first," Webb told The Baltimore Sun. "I wanted to prove myself this year that the Ravens sticking with me was the right decision. The Ravens reached out to my agent, Marc Lillibridge, a few weeks before the scouting combine and they were talking and working hard together to get something done. I'm glad it's done."

Webb, 29, has a fully guaranteed $2.25 million base salary for 2015 and a $3 million roster bonus due in early April along with $750,000 in playtime incentives and team qualifiers. Webb previously was scheduled to make an $8 million base salary for 2015. He can now make $6 million this year.

Webb can make up to $6...

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Adrian Amos' NFL draft diary: Chapter Eight

Editor's note: As Penn State free safety Adrian Amos gets ready for the NFL draft, the former Calvert Hall standout will be sharing details about his preparations with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. The 6-foot, 218-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection has been projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos improved his 40-yard dash from 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine to 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times Here's his eighth entry in the series:

I'm at home this week. I've been working out at the Under Armour facility in Baltimore. They've got everything that I need. It's a good location here in Baltimore. It's nice, it's definitely pretty good.

[Cleveland Browns and former Towson running back] Terrance West works out with us. We were doing the whole workout together. He was just saying, it's all about the grind. I see how hard he works and watch his confidence for...

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Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker to visit Ravens, sources say

Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is scheduled to visit the Ravens, according to league sources.

Parker is one of the top wide receivers in the draft and is rated as a high first-round draft pick.

He's also set to visit the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound all-conference selection finished with 2,775 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns for his career.

At the NFL scouting combine, Parker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times with a 36.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-5 broad jump.

After injuring his left foot in August, undergoing surgery and missing the first seven games of his senior year, Parker averaged seven catches and nearly 150 receiving yards per game in the final six games. He finished the season with 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

He caught eight passes for 214 yards against Florida State.

Parker missed one game as a junior with a right shoulder injury, but he finished that year with 55 catches...

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Despite losses, AFC North coaches expect another tough year in division

The offseason has brought plenty of change in the AFC North, but it hasn’t altered a certain belief among the division’s head coaches.

“I think it’s the best division in football,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the league meetings earlier this week.

“If you look at the teams, everybody's looking to run the ball, everybody's looking to play great defense, and again like I said, it's very competitive just because we all know each other and a lot of the guys on the teams know each other,” said the Cleveland Browns’ Mike Pettine. “… I think it's the best division in football.”

“I’ve always felt it’s a very strong division,” said Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. “I think it was evident last year with three of the four teams going to the playoffs and the fourth team very close in the Browns. Everybody in the division plays very physical football, so when you play our division, it’s a slugfest all of the time. I think the teams are all built that way.”

The AFC North was the only...

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Ex-Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin taking another shot at NFL

Joe Rankin worked overnight for several months as a forklift operator, toiling away to save up enough money to train for another shot at the NFL.

Now the former Morgan State cornerback is preparing for a Pro Day next week at his alma mater. Last year, he went undrafted, participated in the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and was not signed.

"I'm definitely very hungry and excited," Rankin said in a telephone interview. "I've been training and trying to better myself to give it another go and hopefully put up some good numbers and grab the attention of NFL scouts.

"I was working overnight so I could train during the day. I did that for five months to save enough money to devote myself full time to training. I'm taking all of the experiences I've had and giving it a strong push."

Rankin was invited to the NFL super regional combine last year at Ford Field in Detroit after participating in an NFL regional combine and a local-prospects day at the Ravens' facility.

Last year,...

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