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Jacoby Jones visiting Bengals, Titans up next, source says

Former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones could potentially be staying in the AFC North division. Jones is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today, according to a source.

The Tennessee Titans are Jones' next scheduled visit, per a source.

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

Team officials and teammates said they anticipated the 2012 Pro Bowl selection would be released despite his past success with the team. Jones, 30, became much less reliable last season in terms of ball security, fumbling four times and losing two.

However, Jones also scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones’ legacy with the Ravens includes the so-called “Mile-High Miracle” in which he tied a 2013 AFC divisional-round playoff win over the Denver Broncos. That score, on which Jones ran past Broncos free safety Rahim Moore, led to the Ravens winning the game in...

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Torrey Smith's market could be affected by "tag" day

The Ravens aren’t expected to use the franchise tag before today’s 4 p.m. deadline. They don’t have any logical candidates for the tag and their tight salary cap situation would make such a move prohibitive.

That figures to change next year when the Ravens group of unrestricted free agents could include starting guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele, cornerback Jimmy Smith and kicker Justin Tucker.

A lot could happen before the Ravens have to worry about such matters.

Meanwhile, wide receivers Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) and Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) will reportedly been given the franchise tag today. Outside linebackers/defensive ends Justin Houston (Kansas City Chiefs) and Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants) are also expected to be tagged.

Those moves might not mean a lot directly for the Ravens, but they certainly could affect the markets for two of the Ravens’ primary unrestricted free agents: wide receiver Torrey Smith...

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Make no mistake, losing Haloti Ngata would be setback for Ravens

At some point soon, probably within the next week, the Ravens will have to make a difficult decision on the future of standout defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Bringing Ngata back under his current contract, when he’d take up $16 million of cap space, just isn’t realistic, not with the Ravens other needs.

That leaves them with two options: Sign the five-time Pro Bowl selection to a contract extension that will provide immediate salary cap relief and increase the likelihood that Ngata spends his whole career as a Raven; or release him, opening up a ton of a cap space along with a gaping hole in the middle of their defense.

Option one is preferable for both sides. The Ravens still view the 31-year-old as one of the top players in the NFL at his position, and one of the keys to maintaining a dominant run defense. Ngata, meanwhile, has said that he’d love to play his entire career in Baltimore, following in the footsteps of his close friend, Terrell Suggs, who signed a contract extension...

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Ravens CB Victor Hampton, signed by team in January, arrested for DWI

Ravens cornerback Victor Hampton, who was signed to a reserve-future contract in January, was arrested Saturday in North Carolina and charged with driving while impaired.

Hampton was stopped by police after being clocked driving a Camaro convertible 100 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Interstate 77 in Charlotte, according to master trooper John Burgin of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Hampton, 22, also was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. Two passengers in Hampton’s vehicle were arrested after police officers saw them trying to hide firearms under the passenger seat, Burgin said. The weapons were retrieved and secured.

Jamal Cadet and Maurice Thomas, both of Charlotte, were charged with carrying concealed weapons, having an open container and carrying a weapon after consuming alcohol.

Hampton had a 0.10 blood-alcohol level, Burgin said. The legal limit in North Carolina is 0.08. After being booked...

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Hoping for new contract from Ravens, Justin Forsett aiming for bigger season this year

Justin Forsett delivered a breakthrough year for the Ravens last season as Ray Rice’s replacement.

Now that his one-year, $730,000 contract has expired, the veteran running back is hoping to negotiate a new deal with the Ravens and surpass his career-high production next season.

"It’s a waiting game right now," Forsett said. "I know both sides have interest. It’s crazy how things can turn out but hopefully, preferably everything can work out.

"I would love to stay here. I want to be here in Baltimore. They gave me my shot, gave me my opportunity. But then again, there’s that business side we have to work out. I’m praying that everything works out.”

Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, Forsett can't sign a new contract until he officially becomes a free agent March 10.

If they can bring back Forsett, the Ravens are expected to pair him with a young running back. They met with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Northern Iowa's David Johnson and Miami's Duke Johnson at the NFL scouting...

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Ravens met with Tennessee State guard Robert Myers at NFL scouting combine

The Ravens met with Tennessee State offensive guard Robert Myers during the NFL scouting combine last week.

Myers also talked with the Ravens during the Senior Bowl all-star game.

Myers is a 6-foot-5, 329-pound second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection who played in the Senior Bowl, but hurt his ankle that week. He was still able to participate in the scouting combine and is projected as a fifth-round draft target by analysts.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.44 seconds, a fairly pedestrian time. He had a 27.5-inch vertical leap.

Myers was a three-year starter at Tennessee State and a two-time all-conference selection.



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