When Ravens veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil sacked New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees twice Monday night, it created a $4 million financial windfall for the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.
With his 12th sack of the season, Dumervil triggered a $1 million one-time incentive clause for sacks in a single year.
Under his contract, which has a base value of $26 million that included a $7.5 million signing bonus and $11 million total guaranteed, Dumervil also hit an escalator clause that raises his base salary by $1 million annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Dumervil now has 22 sacks in 26 career games. With 12.5 sacks this season, he's on pace for a career-high 19 sacks. He needs three more sacks to break Peter Boulware's single-season franchise record of 15 sacks.
His contract is now worth $30 million over five years with a maximum value of $33 million if he hits the 12-sack figure again in 2015.
Dumervil can also earn another $1 million bonus if he records 12 sacks in...Read more
Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro returned to practice Wednesday, working out with his teammates for the first time since pulling his hamstring against the Cincinnati Bengals four games ago.
The River Hill graduate had hoped to return as soon as last week, but he wasn't cleared by doctors.
Campanaro has six receptions for 85 yards since being drafted in the seventh round out of Wake Forest. He caught a career-high three passes for 40 yards against the Bengals and returned two punts for 17 yards.
Veteran offensive guard Jah Reid also returned to practice. Reid broke his right hand in practice while blocking outside linebacker Pernell McPhee before the Ravens' Nov. 9 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and McPhee weren't on the field during the portion open to reporters.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Ravens running back Justin Forsett has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the second time in as many games that he received the honor.
Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries Monday night during a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Forsett, who broke at least five tackles against the Saints, averaged 8.3 yards per carry in the game and scored untouched on both of his touchdowns. He also was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9 in the Ravens' previous game before their bye week.
"It's crazy, man, just thinking about where I was at this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in once in a while and doing third downs," Forsett said Monday night after the game. "I'm just thankful just for the journey. To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, it's a...Read more
The Indianapolis Colts worked out tight end Mike Flacco on Tuesday, according to a source.
He wasn't immediately signed to a contract, though.
Flacco was recently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.
The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Mike Flacco went undrafted this year after being selected as a third-team Division II All-American in his first season playing football at New Haven. He had spent time earlier this year with the San Diego Chargers but was cut in late August.
Last year marked the first time Flacco played football since he was in high school. He finished the season at New Haven with 30 catches for 591 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games.
Flacco, 6 feet 5 and 245 pounds, ended his baseball career last April and was placed on the voluntarily retired list by the Boston Red Sox. He had been traded to the Boston organization from the Orioles in March 2013. In 2009, he was a 31st-round draft selection by the Orioles, out of the Community College of...Read more
Usually sure-handed Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk thought he was headed to the end zone on a second-quarter catch Monday night when he got tackled by New Orleans Saints safety Pierre Warren and fumbled.
Following an initial ruling that Juszczyk was down by contact, Saints coach Sean Payton challenged the call and officials ruled that it was a lost fumble.
The former Harvard standout said that he had never lost a fumble in his entire football career at any level until Monday night's 34-27 win over the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"To be honest, I really wasn't sure if it was a fumble," Juszczyk said. "I thought it was kind of up in the air. It's just something I have to do better. I had the ball in the wrong hand. It's something to work on.
"I was just trying to score, man. It's actually my first lost fumble of my whole football career. There's a first for everything."
Later in the game, Juszczyk caught another pass and wrapped it up with two hands before contact. He finished...Read more
Shoving blockers into the New Orleans Saints' backfield Monday night, veteran Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pushed hard enough to knock down quarterback Drew Brees.
It represented a milestone for the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, surpassing the 100-sack mark in his career during the third quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 victory over the Saints. Suggs now has six sacks for the season and 100.5 sacks for his career.
"I feel like he's just beginning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It'll be fun to see where he goes from here. Great football player, great leader. He's the guy that grabbed us up as a team this week. He pointed us in the right direction all week with what he said and how he practiced."
Drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2003 out of Arizona State, Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the Ravens' all-time leading pass rusher. Suggs is the 31st player in NFL history to record 100 sacks.
"Those are yellow-jacket type accolades," outside...Read more