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O.J. Brigance 'blessed' by large turnout for annual Brigance Brigade 5.7K run

A large contingent of runners participated in retired Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's annual championship run Saturday in Canton.

Ravens Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and defensive end Michael McCrary attended the event.

The 5.7-kilometer run and one-mile family run-walk, organized through the Brigance Brigade, benefits research for and support of families dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Ravens' senior advisor to player development, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after the 2000 season and also won a Grey Cup championship with the Baltimore Stallions.

"The growth of the awareness about ALS over the past few years has been the most impressive to me, from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to movies like 'A Beautiful Mind,' and TV series like Empire," Brigance told The Baltimore...

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Imposing Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson met with Ravens at NFL scouting combine

Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.

"I met with them and it was really good," Wilson told The Baltimore Sun. "We went over board work, going over coverages my team was doing and some Ravens stuff. They wanted to see if I had a good understanding of the game. It was fun."

Wilson has prototypical size and speed for an NFL defensive back.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback has 32 3/8-inch arms, 9 1/4-inch hands and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

At the NFL scouting combine, Wilson ran a 4.58 and had a 36-inch vertical leap. Wilson trained at IMG Academy along with Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) along with secondary coach Cory Robinson, the founder of Next Level Nation.

"I feel like my size and speed helps me tremendously," Wilson said. "The game is changing. Receivers keep getting bigger and...

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Adrian Amos' NFL draft diary: Chapter 12

Editor's note: As Penn State free safety and cornerback 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 to be taken anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos played in the Senior Bowl and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. Here's his 12th entry in the series:

I worked out for the Ravens, and I think I did pretty well. I went in there and talked to the coaches and showed my movement skills and how I tracked the ball. I think I showed them I can do everything on the football field as far as the defensive back position.

I can play corner or safety and I always show my corner skills and safety skills. It was pretty nice, their facilities in Owings Mills. I was very impressed. I met John Harbaugh. It was pretty cool meeting...

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Ravens' salary cap update: Team has $10.673 million available under NFL limit

The Ravens are $10.673 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $143.28 million following their four-year, $48 million contract extension for cornerback Jimmy Smith.

Smith has a $3.6 million salary cap figure for 2015 instead of his original $6.898 million fifth-year option.

The contract averages $10.275 million per year, has $21 million guaranteed and a $13 million signing bonus.

Smith has fully guaranteed base salaries of $1 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016, and nonguaranteed base salaries of $8.5 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $9.5 million in 2019. His salary-cap figures are $9.6 million in 2016, $11.1 million in 2017, $11.6 million in 2018 and $12.1 million in 2019.

There's also a pending grievance filed by former Ravens safety Darian Stewart, who's now with the Denver Broncos, in a dispute over a playtime incentive. There's $80,000 being held against the salary cap while the grievance is pending.

The Ravens have enough financial flexibility to sign free agents, extend...

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NFL draft position-by-position breakdown: Tight ends

The Ravens’ insistence on taking the best player rather than targeting their biggest need adds to the shroud of mystery that annually surrounds the organization heading into the NFL draft.

While draft pundits have been consistent in projecting the Ravens to use their 26th overall pick on either a wide receiver or a cornerback, general manager Ozzie Newsome has shown that he’s not afraid to do the unexpected.

It would be foolish to dismiss the possibility that Newsome will use the pick to further bolster a position of perceived strength or even trade it to add to the team’s middle-round draft haul.

Until April 30, the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, The Baltimore Sun will examine the Ravens’ depth at each position, the potential of them adding to that spot early in the draft and some of the players who they could target.

The Ravens will enter the three-day draft with 10 picks: one in each of the first, second, third and sixth rounds, and three each in the fourth and fifth rounds.

We've already...

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Ravens safety Will Hill signs his $1.542 million restricted tender, sources say

Ravens veteran safety Will Hill has signed his $1.542 million right-of-first-refusal original round tender, according to NFL sources.

A former undrafted free agent from the University of Florida, Hill didn't draw offer sheets from other NFL teams.

Hill is expected to compete with former first-round draft pick Matt Elam for the starting strong safety job.

Hill emerged as the Ravens' starting free safety after serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for a positive drug test for marijuana. After his NFL punishment, Hill revitalized his career.

Hill had his moments, as he started eight regular-season games and two playoff games for the Ravens during the 2014 season. He had 39 tackles in the regular season, and returned an interception for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints while shadowing tight end Jimmy Graham.

Since the end of the season, New Jersey law enforcement officials in Hudson County disclosed they have an arrest warrant issued in March...

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