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Ed Reed tweets that he is retiring

Former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he has retired, but it might have been an April Fool's joke.

"Just made it official!" Reed wrote on his official Twitter account. "Thank u guys for all the support! #reeeeedtired"

Reed later added: "I just got a call from a friend, I was in pool with my son got tired and decided those that support me should know first,done #twitterfool .. Love yall! #beastworkouttoday #couldleadtheNFLinInts"

Glenn Younes, the head of Reed's charitable foundation, later wrote on Twitter: "My bro just won the Internet it's quite amusing."

If Reed does retire, that would clear a path for him to be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor. The Ravens have said they want to induct Reed, but want him to be officially retired before they take steps to do so.

Reed, 36, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2013 season.

Reed is a 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He intercepted nine passes in 2004.

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City grad Adrian Coxson runs 4.28, 4.33 at Stony Brook Pro Day

Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson was hoping for a fast 40-yard dash during his campus Pro Day workout Wednesday in New York.

Everything went according to plan for the former City standout, as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds. Coxson, 6 feet and 209 pounds, also bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap.

"It was a great day, it happened," Coxson told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview from New York. "I expected it. I had to go through. Hopefully, it gives me a better chance to get drafted late. It should definitely open some eyes."

The workout was attended by the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Coxson has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air. Ismail was at the workout Wednesday.

"Q is great at what he does," Coxson said. "He's worked very hard and done a great job with me."


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Ravens trade backup center Gino Gradkowski to Broncos

The Ravens traded backup center Gino Gradkowski to the Denver Broncos, a roster move Wednesday that saved them money and netted them a fourth-round draft pick.

The Ravens exchanged Gradkowski and a 2016 fifth-round NFL draft pick to the Broncos in exchange for the Broncos' 2016 fourth-round draft pick, according to a league source.

Gradkowski was slated to be a backup for the Ravens, but could wind up starting for the Broncos.

The trade becoming official is contingent on Gradkowski, who has had knee issues, passing the Broncos' physical.

Trading Gradkowski saves the Ravens roughly $1 million against the salary cap.

Gradkowski hit an escalator clause heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He is now due a $1.542 million salary, up from $660,000, and is expensive for a backup. His salary cap figure was $1.663 million.

Because of his high cap figure and being a reserve, Gradkowski was likely in a vulnerable roster situation if he hadn't been traded.

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After rough two seasons, Matt Schaub still confident he can contribute

New Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub is just two years removed from leading the Houston Texans to a 12-4 record and an AFC South division title, and being named to the AFC Pro Bowl team after throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdown passes.

In the time since, Schaub has been benched twice, traded by the Texans to the Oakland Raiders, released by the Raiders and threw 16 interceptions compared to just 10 touchdown passes. Now, the soon-to-be 34-year-old finds himself preparing for a season in which he knows he will be a backup to Joe Flacco, who hasn’t missed a game in his seven-year NFL career.

“Whether it’s in the context of a game, a season, you’re going to have an ebb and flow, you’re going to have peaks, you’re going to have some valleys. You’re going to have some really good times and you’re going to have some tough times. But how you handle those is what’s going to carry you through,” Schaub said Wednesday in a conference call with area reporters.

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A look at the all-time best Ravens backup quarterbacks

Matt Schaub becomes not only Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's most expensive backup since Marc Bulger, but also his most accomplished.

Schaub, 33, signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with incentives on Tuesday, and brings 24,311 passing yards, 130 touchdowns, two Pro Bowl selections and 11 years of NFL experience to Baltimore.

That's just 24,112 yards and, well, 130 touchdowns and two Pro Bowls more than Tyrod Taylor, 25, left the Ravens with after spending four years as Flacco's backup.

The smart money is not on Schaub to add to his career totals with the Ravens; Flacco's never missed an NFL start. Still, he provides a theoretical level of security in the No. 2 quarterback role that the Ravens have not had in some time.

If Schaub needed to step in and win one game for a banged-up Flacco, could he do it? Ravens fans should probably hope they don't have to find out. But, without yet throwing a pass, Schaub immediatey joins a list of the team's all-time best backup quarterbacks....

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Ravens take in Pro Day workout of Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones

When Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, one of the most athletic draft prospects, worked out Tuesday, the Ravens were in attendance.

Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinis, a Connecticut native, took in the Huskies' campus Pro Day.

And Jones lived up to his reputation, running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer ran the workout. Jones met with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots before the workout.

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound cornerback had previously turned in a staggering 44.5-inch vertical leap at the NFL scouting combine in February during which he also had a 12-3 broad jump. That would have been a world record in the standing broad jump.

Jones' senior season was ended prematurely when he injured his left shoulder and had surgery, preventing him from playing in the Senior Bowl.

A converted safety, Jones had 24 tackles and two interceptions, returning one 70 yards for a touchdown prior to his injury last season. He finished his...

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