Former Ravens and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Michael Oher has signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced.
"I'm excited to be joining an organization that knows how to win," Oher said in a statement. "They've won the past two division championships, and I'm excited to be a part of it. When I came here on a visit, the culture was great. They're very into winning and doing everything possible to win."
Oher, 28, failed his exit physical when he was waived by the Tennessee Titans. According to a source, his foot injury that ended his season is now nearly completely recovered.
Oher will be reunited with former Ravens offensive line coach John Matsko, who was fired by the Ravens after the 2010 season and replaced by assistant Andy Moeller.
"He's a great coach," Oher said. "I learned a lot from him my first two years when he was in Baltimore, and the assistant that was with him in Baltimore carried his techniques on for a couple of more years. I'm excited...Read more
Former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones has signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers.
The deal is worth $5.5 million, according to a league source.
Jones visited the Chargers this week after previous visits to the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens terminated Jones' four-year, $12 million contract last week, saving the team $750,000 against the salary cap.
The Ravens will host the Chargers next season at M&T Bank Stadium, so they'll play against the former Super Bowl XLVII hero who scored two touchdowns in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
“One of our off-season goals was to improve our special teams, specifically upgrading our return game,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “We feel Jacoby brings a dynamic aspect to our kick and punt returns that we need, and he also has solid experience playing wide receiver.”
Last season, Jones had a 72-yard kickoff return against the Chargers.
Jones, 30, scored two...Read more
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. Here's his fifth entry in the series, coming off his participation in the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and had a 35.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.03 seconds and the 60-yard shuttle in 11.33 seconds:
I'm back at school, and it's cool getting back to familiar turf. I'm feeling pretty good.
I'm working out here at school before my Pro Day on March 19.
I'm to myself, mostly. I come in the building and do my workouts and go back to the apartment, stuff like that. Nothing too exciting.
It doesn't feel like I'm back on the...Read more
Former Philadelphia Eagles and Ravens cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the Seattle Seahawks today, according to league sources.
Williams has upcoming visits with the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, but sources indicated those trips are contingent on weather affecting travel conditions.
The Seahawks could use Williams as a potential replacement for departing cornerback Byron Maxwell, who is expected to command $8 million to $10 million annually as one of the top free agents at the position.
Williams has maintained interest in possibly returning to the Ravens, with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring as a starter three years ago, and the feeling is mutual, according to sources.
Whether Williams ultimately rejoins the Ravens or signs with another team will depend on the price, and the Seahawks are getting the first visit. The Ravens remain in a tight salary cap situation with $4.6 million available under the limit of $143.28 million.
The Eagles opted to cut Williams this week rather...Read more
Towson cornerback Tye Smith expressed disappointment with his 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, saying he's still adjusting to the weight he's put on to get ready for the NFL.
Up to 195 pounds -- 25 pounds heavier than he was listed on the Towson roster -- the 6-foot FCS All-American ran an unexpectedly slow 4.6 at the combine.
"I felt like it was a positive week, everything besides my 40-yard dash, which I have to improve," Smith said in a telephone interview. "I would say my body wasn't used to the weight and my start wasn't good.
“Overall, I did good, but I always know I can do better, I’m working hard to imrpove the stuff I didn't do so good at the combine.”
Smith did have the sixth-fastest 20-yard shuttle with a 3.96 time. He also had a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-4 broad jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 6.97 three-cone drill.
He is hoping for a much faster 40-yard dash at his campus pro day workout on April 1, where he'll also do positional drills for...Read more
Former Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty will visit the New York Jets on Friday and Saturday, according to a league source.
Jets coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers were on the Dallas Cowboys' coaching staff when Canty was playing in Dallas.
Canty, 32, was previously with the New York Giants prior to joining the Ravens two years ago.
Canty was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract when he was released last week, a transaction that saved the Ravens $2.66 million against the salary cap.
Canty told The Baltimore Sun last week that he appreciated the Ravens releasing him so he could get a headstart on free agency, which officially begins March 10. He's eligible to sign with a team now. Canty briefly contemplated retirement before getting back to training regularly and deciding he wants to keep playing.
"I'm a veteran. I understand the value of starting this process before free agency," Canty said. "Right now, all I'm thinking about is...Read more