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Ex-Ravens DE Chris Canty to visit Jets on Friday and Saturday, source says

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...

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Jarret Johnson to sign one-day contract, retire as a Raven

Jarret Johnson will retire as a member of the Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.

The gritty veteran outside linebacker plans to sign a one-day contract this offseason to officially retire with the Ravens after he played the past three seasons for the San Diego Chargers.

"I'm excited," Johnson told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview Wednesday night. "I had no idea, I didn't know how that whole thing worked. I had just retired and I didn't think anything of it. The response out of Baltimore was awesome. It blew me and my wife away how positive it was. So many people reached out.

"It was pretty flattering to be gone for three years and get so much positive feedback. It's cool to get validation. You always want to know if you're doing things right or wrong and hear it from your teammates and coaches and all the fans."

Johnson, 33, played in the NFL for 12 seasons and was regarded one of the most respected and toughest players in the league. Johnson recorded 20 sacks in nine...

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Jacoby Jones' next free agent visit is with Chargers, source says

Jacoby Jones' free agent tour continues, as the former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner will now visit the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.

Jones has previously visited the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.

Jones' four-year, $12 million contract was terminated last week by the Ravens, saving them $750,000 against the salary cap.

Jones, 30, scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and his legacy also includes the “Mile-High Miracle” touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC divisional-round.

He was due a $2.5 million base salary in 2015 and was one year into a contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus.

Jones made $4.5 million last season, but didn’t hit a $500,000 incentive clause for receptions. The New Orleans native caught just nine passes for 131 yards and zero touchdowns last season. He dropped several passes early and lost playing time.

Jones also had four fumbles, losing two....

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Cut by Eagles, former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams is worth exploring

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback Cary Williams, rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season, the feisty defensive back is an option worth exploring for the Ravens.

And Williams has a strong interest in potentially rejoining the Ravens after leaving the organization on good terms two years ago, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Whether that means the Ravens will try to sign Williams is premature at this time, though.

Williams plays the game with a combative nature, embracing an underdog mentality as a 2008 seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. He's a big cornerback at 6 feet 1, 190 pounds and has the physical style and leaping ability to prevent receivers from making contested catches.

The Ravens had problems in the secondary last season, thanks in large part to injuries to top cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc foot sprain) and Lardarius Webb (nerve damage to lower back, hematoma). Smith is making steady...

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Ray Rice's wrongful termination grievance against Ravens was settled for $1.588 million

When the Ravens and former star running back Ray Rice reached a settlement on his wrongful termination grievance in January, the financial details were undisclosed.

The sides wound up settling for $1.588 million, according to sources.

Rice was seeking back pay from his $3.529 million base salary for the 2014 season. The settlement was agreed upon in advance of a hearing before NFL system arbitrator Shyam Das.

Rice's $35 million contract was terminated in September after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic violence incident. He filed the grievance in October.

Rice was paid a total of $26.588 million on the contract that was signed in July 2012, which included a $15 million signing bonus.

The Ravens were holding $1.44 million against the salary cap since the grievance was filed. The Ravens are $4.604 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $143.28 million heading into free agency on March 10 and the start of the 2015 league year.

After settling in January, the Ravens released...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Andre Johnson, franchise tag and more

From Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Steve Smith, the Ravens have a history of acquiring big-name wide receivers late in their careers and benefiting from them having productive seasons. That’s why not long after the Houston Chronicle’s report last night that long-time Houston Texans star wide out Andre Johnson will either be traded or released, the speculation started immediately that Baltimore could be his next destination.

It makes sense for several reasons. The Ravens really need a wide receiver, especially if Torrey Smith leaves in free agency, which now seems likely unless he’s willing to accept a hometown discount. Tough, sure-handed, hungry and clutch, Johnson is exactly the type of player that the Ravens love. And the Texans pipeline has worked well in the past with Vonta Leach, Bernard Pollard, Jacoby Jones and Owen Daniels all coming from Houston and playing key roles for the Ravens.

Despite the Texans' shaky quarterback play last season, Johnson still caught 85 balls for...

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