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Deflategate a big deal with Patriots deserving more than slap on the wrist

We waited more than 100 days for the Wells report to tell us what we already knew: that several members of the New England Patriots staff were involved in "Deflategate," and the report also implicates quarterback Tom Brady.

Where are all those arrogant Patriots fans now? When anyone suggested that the team was involved in cheating, they always called or sent out nasty emails about how everyone was jealous of their team, or that this was just "gamesmanship" by the Patriots.

No, it’s called cheating.

And while the Wells report skirted around the conclusion, leaving NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with some wiggle room when it comes to punishment, Brady’s golden-boy image has been tarnished. The Patriots also continue to build on their reputation as cheaters, a team always looking for a shortcut to success.

A few months ago, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he expected an apology if his team, Brady and head coach Bill Belichick were innocent of the charges. Now, I wonder if he will apologize...

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Ed Reed to officially retire during press conference Thursday at Ravens' training complex

Former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed, one of the most instinctive defensive players in NFL history, will officially retire from the NFL on Thursday afternoon during a press conference at the team's training complex.

The Ravens announced the pending retirement of the nine-time Pro Bowl selection, confirming a Baltimore Sun report.

The Ravens' press conference with Reed includes general manager Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass and coach John Harbaugh.

One of the top defensive players in NFL history, Reed is expected to be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor as soon as this fall. Reed will now be eligible to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years.

"Ed is a Hall of Famer, absolutely," retired former Ravens safety and assistant coach Bennie Thompson told The Sun. "Ed did some unique things that kind of changed the safety position. That's why I say he's a Hall of Famer. Ed would play on instinct. He knew the game so well."

Reed had a knack for baiting quarterbacks...

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Bernard Pierce assigned June 2 court date in pending DWI case

Former Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce has been assigned a June court date in a pending driving while intoxicated case, according to Maryland court records.

The case is set for June 2 at Towson District Court. Pierce was arrested March 18 at 1:54 a.m. in Baltimore County on Dulaney Valley Road and was released by the Ravens roughly a dozen hours after his arrest.

During the arrest, Pierce asked the officer if the case could be kept off the books and accurately predicted how the Ravens would react to the off-field incident.

"Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI?" Pierce said, according to an arrest report. "I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”

Now with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being claimed off waivers one day after the Ravens cut him, Pierce discussed his incident with Jacksonville reporters recently.

"My outlook is that nobody remembers the good things you do, but they always try to scrutinize and criticize the bad things," Pierce...

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Ex-Ravens RB Damien Berry in jail in Florida, facing outstanding warrants in Maryland

Former Ravens reserve running back Damien Berry is in a Florida jail and is facing outstanding warrants in Maryland on charges of writing a worthless check for over $100,000 and unauthorized removal of property, according to Florida and Maryland court records.

The unauthorized removal of property involves Berry taking a car, according to a jail official.

Berry remains in the Lee County Jail in Ft. Myers, Fla., on the warrants and hasn't signed a letter of extradition, jail officials told The Baltimore Sun, but will eventually be extradited, according to a jail official.

He was arrested on the warrant Monday morning. Berry faces no new charges in Florida. TMZ Sports first reported his arrest.

Berry also has active cases in Maryland for driving on a suspended license and failure to appear, failure to display license on demand and failure to appear and failure to pay child support and failure to appear.

Prior to being released by the Ravens two years ago, Berry was arrested by Baltimore County...

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Ravens went shopping for rookie class at Senior Bowl

The Ravens went shopping for their rookie class at the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Between the NFL draft and signing undrafted free agents, the Ravens acquired six players who were at the Senior Bowl. That tied the Washington Redskins the second-most of any NFL team, according to Senior Bowl media relations official Patrick Woo. The Indianapolis Colts had the most former Senior Bowl players this year, with eight.

The Ravens' rookie Senior Bowl alums in their include four of their nine draft picks: third-round draft pick Carl Davis (Iowa), fourth-round defensive end-outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (Kentucky), fifth-round offensive guard Robert Myers (Tennessee State) and fifth-round tight end Nick Boyle (Delaware).

The Ravens also agreed to terms with two other Senior Bowl players: undrafted Mississippi State offensive tackle Blaine Clausell and undrafted Louisiana-Monroe punter-kicker Justin Manton.

Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta remarked on the importance of excelling...

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Bears sign Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) to four-year, $2.512 million contract

The Chicago Bears have signed former Calvert Hall standout Adrian Amos to a four-year, $2.512 million contract that includes a $232,280 signing bonus.

The fifth-round safety from Penn State worked out for the Ravens, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Amos also visited the Eagles.

The 6-foot, 218-pounder improved his 40-yard dash to 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. Amos ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in February, the seventh-fastest time among safeties.

Amos could wind up lining up at safety or cornerback, in a pinch.

The former All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection also bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times Friday after not doing that test at the combine.

Projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts, Amos also played cornerback for the Nittany Lions. Amos played in the Senior Bowl all-star game.

At the NFL scouting combine, Amos has a 35.5-inch vertical...

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