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Steve Bisciotti's comments about Haloti Ngata could have violated NFL tampering rules

Tampering has been a popular topic in NFL circles in recent days, with the New England Patriots and New York Jets exchanging accusations over cornerback Darrelle Revis and several other teams reportedly under investigation for agreeing to deals with free agents before the market opened.

Will the Ravens become the next organization to attract scrutiny for violating league tampering rules? Team owner Steve Bisciotti’s comments Wednesday night about former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata could attract the attention of the Detroit Lions and the NFL.

“I respect Haloti. I had a wonderful conversation with him after he was traded. We are going to miss him, but I haven’t heard anything about him getting an extension from Detroit. As far as I know, he could be a free agent a year from now, and we may be watching the second coming of Haloti Ngata,” Bisciotti said during a conference call Wednesday night with Ravens personal-seat-license and season-ticket holders.

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Towson draft prospects Ryan Delaire, Tye Smith draw crowd of NFL scouts to Pro Day workout

Shirtless despite relatively chilly temperatures Wednesday, Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire displayed his chiseled physique and crisp mobility for scouts during a series of outside linebacker and defensive end drills.

Delaire and cornerback Tye Smith drew a crowd of NFL personnel that included Ravens coach John Harbaugh, to Johnny Unitas Stadium for their Pro Day workout where both players improved upon their disappointing NFL scouting combine performances.

Healthy again after pulling his groin in February while running the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds at the combine and undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in December, Delaire drew praise from scouts for his natural pass rushing ability. An AFC scout timed Delaire, 6 foot 4, 257 pounds, in 4.8 seconds with some scouts clocking him in the 4.7 range.

“He looked athletic and fast and ready to go,” Harbaugh said of Delaire. “He’s a pass rusher. We always need pass rushers. He’d be a good fit for us.”

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Ed Reed tweets that he is retiring in April Fool's joke

Former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he has retired, but it was an April Fool's joke.

"Just made it official!" Reed wrote on his official Twitter account. "Thank u guys for all the support! #reeeeedtired"

Reed later added: "I just got a call from a friend, I was in pool with my son got tired and decided those that support me should know first,done #twitterfool .. Love yall! #beastworkouttoday #couldleadtheNFLinInts"

Glenn Younes, the head of Reed's charitable foundation, later wrote on Twitter: "My bro just won the Internet it's quite amusing."

If Reed does formally retire, that would clear a path for him to be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor. The Ravens have said they want to induct Reed, but want him to be officially retired before they take steps to do so.

Reed, 36, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2013 season.

Reed is a 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He intercepted nine passes in 2004.

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City grad Adrian Coxson runs 4.28, 4.33 at Stony Brook Pro Day

Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson was hoping for a fast 40-yard dash during his campus Pro Day workout Wednesday in New York.

Everything went according to plan for the former City standout, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds. Coxson, 6 feet and 209 pounds, also bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap.

"It was a great day, it happened," Coxson told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview from New York. "I expected it. I had to go through. Hopefully, it gives me a better chance to get drafted late. It should definitely open some eyes."

The workout was attended by the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Coxson has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air. Ismail was at the workout Wednesday.

"Q is great at what he does," Coxson said. "He's worked very hard and done a great job with me."


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Ravens trade backup center Gino Gradkowski to Broncos

The Ravens traded backup center Gino Gradkowski to the Denver Broncos, a roster move Wednesday that saved them money and netted them a fourth-round draft pick.

The Ravens exchanged Gradkowski and a 2016 fifth-round NFL draft pick to the Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' 2016 fourth-round draft pick, according to a league source.

Gradkowski was slated to be a backup for the Ravens, but could wind up starting for the Broncos.

The trade becoming official is contingent on Gradkowski, who has had knee issues, passing the Broncos' physical.

Trading Gradkowski saves the Ravens roughly $1 million against the salary cap.

Gradkowski hit an escalator clause heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He is now due a $1.542 million salary, up from $660,000, and is expensive for a backup. His salary cap figure was $1.663 million.

Because of his high cap figure and being a reserve, Gradkowski was likely in a vulnerable roster situation if he hadn't been traded.

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After rough two seasons, Matt Schaub still confident he can contribute

New Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub is just two years removed from leading the Houston Texans to a 12-4 record and an AFC South division title, and being named to the AFC Pro Bowl team after throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

In the time since, Schaub has been benched twice, traded by the Texans to the Oakland Raiders, released by the Raiders and threw 16 interceptions compared to just 10 touchdown passes. Now, the soon-to-be 34-year-old finds himself preparing for a season in which he knows he will be a backup to Joe Flacco, who hasn’t missed a game in his seven-year NFL career.

“Whether it’s in the context of a game, a season, you’re going to have an ebb and flow, you’re going to have peaks, you’re going to have some valleys. You’re going to have some really good times and you’re going to have some tough times. But how you handle those is what’s going to carry you through,” Schaub said Wednesday in a conference call with area reporters.

He spoke a day after he...

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