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Ravens coach John Harbaugh denies calling Colts about Patriots' footballs

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was adamant Sunday in denying that the Ravens sparked the investigation into the New England Patriots' deflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

There have been unconfirmed reports that Harbaugh or the Ravens tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about the issue. The ongoing investigation, the so-called "Deflategate" led by NFL executive Jeff Pash and outside investigator Ted Wells, is based on allegations that the Patriots didn't have the footballs inflated up to NFL standards.

“I heard all that, I couldn't believe it when I heard it,” Harbaugh said Sunday afternoon on NBC during a Super Bowl pregame show when asked about the reports that the Ravens called the Colts. "It’s ridiculous. It never happened. I never made any call. Nobody in our organization made any call.

"Just to make sure I had all the facts, I called [Colts coach] Chuck Pagano this week and asked him, ‘Did anybody else in our organization tip you off about any deflated footballs?’ And he...

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Aaron Donald named Defensive Rookie of the Year, beating out Ravens' C.J. Mosley

Ravens Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley relentlessly chased down running backs all year, establishing himself as one of the NFL's most productive defensive players in his debut season.

But Mosley's pursuit of the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year eluded him Saturday night, when St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was instead honored. The award was announced during the league's NFL Honors show.

Donald received 25 votes in balloting from a panel of writers and broadcasters, seven more than Mosley. Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack got six votes, and San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland received one.

Mosley led all rookies and Ravens in tackles with 133 and finished seventh overall in the NFL. He also recorded three sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Donald had 48 tackles and nine sacks to lead all rookies. He also had 17 tackles for losses.

After an open practice at Navy in August during training...

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Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says Marc Trestman better suited as an offensive coordinator

Martellus Bennett didn't mince words Friday when asked about former Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman, the Ravens' new offensive coordinator.

During an NFL Network appearance, the Bears' Pro Bowl tight end made it clear that he believes Trestman is better suited to be an offensive coordinator than lead the entire team.

Trestman was fired after going 5-11 this season and 13-19 in two seasons as the Bears' head coach. Bennett said it was difficult for Trestman to handle the personalities in the Bears' locker room, including himself.

“Trestman, I think the issue that he had probably was managing us all, all the different personalities,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that’s hard when you got guys like me, you know, [wide receiver Brandon] Marshall, [linebacker] Lance Briggs on defense, [cornerback Charles] Tillman."

Known for his offensive acumen and...

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Adrian Amos' NFL draft diary: Chapter One

Editor's note: As Penn State 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, 215-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 first entry in the series, coming off his participation in last week's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.:

The Senior Bowl went well. It was a great opportunity. I talked to almost every NFL team out there.

They kept us busy. It was really long days preparing us for what it will be like at the next level. Obviously, it's a long tradition. Many NFL players, Hall of Famers, have played in that game. They take great pride in the city of Mobile in the Senior Bowl.

We went to the hospital to visit the patients who are rehabilitating and they were real excited to see us. I've always said since I was younger that I want to give back to...

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Ravens restricted free agent kicker Justin Tucker hoping for long-term deal

Three years ago, Justin Tucker arrived in Baltimore as an undrafted free agent from the University of Texas intent on beating out Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.

Tucker emerged from that training camp with a spot on the Ravens roster and now is the most accurate kicker in NFL history. He is poised to become a restricted free agent and could eventually cash in with a lucrative long-term contract extension that would make him one of the highest-paid kickers in the game.

Tucker has been one of the NFL's best bargains for years, playing under a three-year, $1.451 million rookie contract that didn't include a signing bonus. That financial situation is about to change, as Tucker has proven he's worthy of a more significant investment after connecting on 97 of 108 career field goals (89.81 percent).

Tucker told The Baltimore Sun from Phoenix, where he's making the rounds at Radio Row in advance of Sunday's Super Bowl, that he's not worried and is upbeat about the next contractual stage of his...

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Clock is ticking for Ravens, Ray Lewis says

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun this week, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis expressed optimism about the future of his old team, but not before offering this caveat:

“They’re going to have to get it done real soon before things start to break up,” said Lewis, now an ESPN analyst.

Lewis and Ravens fans everywhere are familiar with the significant turnover that occurs on the team’s roster every offseason. The next couple of months figures to bring more of the same as the Ravens could have as many as 14 unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents. Starting defensive end Chris Canty is pondering retirement, tight end Dennis Pitta’s career is in jeopardy because of hip issues and veterans such as Haloti Ngata, Lardarius Webb and Jacoby Jones could be salary cap casualties.

Several of the team’s top players, a group that includes Ngata, quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Steve Smith, guard Marshal Yanda and linebackers Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith...

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