The end last week of the NFL's annual meetings signified the start of the countdown for the draft, which is now a little more than four weeks away. The first day of the three-day event will be held on April 30 in Chicago.
“It really ramps up now ... until we get to the draft,” Ravens team president Dick Cass said last week. “It’s all hands on deck. Everyone on the coaching staff, everyone in the scouting department will start working on the draft full time. The scouting department has already been doing that, looking at a lot of tape. Now, they really go in and start filling out the reports.
"We have a week of meetings in April which is, I think, the best week of preparation for the draft. The coaches and the scouts are in the draft room together, debating about particular players. It’s just a very good discussion.”
That’s not to say the Ravens are done with free agency. Head coach John Harbaugh said last week the organization is still very much engaged in the open market and said the...Read more
The Baltimore Warhawks, a semipro football team of police officers and firefighters, honored Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance on Saturday.
A former Ravens linebacker who won a Super Bowl with the team during the 2000 NFL season, Brigance was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Brigance's No. 57 jersey was retired in honor of the Warhawks' partnership with his charitable foundation, the Brigance Brigade foundation. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Brigance's foundation. The Warhawks play in the National Public Safety League and opened their season Saturday against the Philadelphia Blue Flame.
"I am very excited about the partnership between the Brigance Brigade Foundation and the Baltimore Warhawks," Brigance told The Baltimore Sun. "These are Baltimore’s finest first responders, and to have my number retired by the team is a great honor for me and the...Read more
When veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb recently restructured his contract, he did so with the intention of finishing his career with the Ravens.
Webb lowered his salary cap figure from $12 million for this year to $9.25 million, creating a net savings of $2.75 million.
"My goal is to retire a Raven, and while it wasn’t an easy decision, I wanted to put the team first," Webb told The Baltimore Sun. "I wanted to prove myself this year that the Ravens sticking with me was the right decision. The Ravens reached out to my agent, Marc Lillibridge, a few weeks before the scouting combine and they were talking and working hard together to get something done. I'm glad it's done."
Webb, 29, has a fully guaranteed $2.25 million base salary for 2015 and a $3 million roster bonus due in early April along with $750,000 in playtime incentives and team qualifiers. Webb previously was scheduled to make an $8 million base salary for 2015. He can now make $6 million this year.
Webb can make up to $6...Read more
Editor's note: As Penn State free 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, 218-pound All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection has been projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts. Amos improved his 40-yard dash from 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine to 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times Here's his eighth entry in the series:
I'm at home this week. I've been working out at the Under Armour facility in Baltimore. They've got everything that I need. It's a good location here in Baltimore. It's nice, it's definitely pretty good.
[Cleveland Browns and former Towson running back] Terrance West works out with us. We were doing the whole workout together. He was just saying, it's all about the grind. I see how hard he works and watch his confidence for...Read more
Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is scheduled to visit the Ravens, according to league sources.
Parker is one of the top wide receivers in the draft and is rated as a high first-round draft pick.
He's also set to visit the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins
The 6-foot-3, 209-pound all-conference selection finished with 2,775 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns for his career.
At the NFL scouting combine, Parker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times with a 36.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-5 broad jump.
After injuring his left foot in August, undergoing surgery and missing the first seven games of his senior year, Parker averaged seven catches and nearly 150 receiving yards per game in the final six games. He finished the season with 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns.
He caught eight passes for 214 yards against Florida State.
Parker missed one game as a junior with a right shoulder injury, but he finished that year with 55 catches...Read more
The offseason has brought plenty of change in the AFC North, but it hasn’t altered a certain belief among the division’s head coaches.
“I think it’s the best division in football,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at the league meetings earlier this week.
“If you look at the teams, everybody's looking to run the ball, everybody's looking to play great defense, and again like I said, it's very competitive just because we all know each other and a lot of the guys on the teams know each other,” said the Cleveland Browns’ Mike Pettine. “… I think it's the best division in football.”
“I’ve always felt it’s a very strong division,” said Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals. “I think it was evident last year with three of the four teams going to the playoffs and the fourth team very close in the Browns. Everybody in the division plays very physical football, so when you play our division, it’s a slugfest all of the time. I think the teams are all built that way.”
The AFC North was the only...Read more