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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
The Ravens have reached a two-year agreement in principle with veteran defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, according to league sources.
Bilukidi was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals last season.
He played in four games and recorded three tackles in 2014 for the Ravens. He ended the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
A 2012 sixth-round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman played in 13 games in 2012 and recorded eight tackles and one pass deflection.
In 2013, he played in five games for the Raiders and had five tackles and one sack. Born in Angola, Bilukidi went to high school in Canada. He played collegiately at Georgia State.
Bilukidi has 16 carer tackles and one sack in four NFL seasons.
The Ravens are still contending with a tight salary-cap situation as they attempt to restructure the contracts of veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata $16 million) and cornerback Lardarius Webb ($12 million).
The Ravens are now $3.889 million under the projected salary cap limit of $143 million. That includes $2.66 million in savings from terminating defensive end Chris Canty's three-year, $8 million contract and $750,00 in cap savings by terminating wide receiver-kick returner Jacoby Jones' four-year, $12 million contract.
The Ravens' cap total also includes a negative adjustment of $3.94 million due to several players triggering incentive clauses. That doesn't include achieved workout bonuses, which will be factored in later. It includes $5.791 million carried over from last season.
The incentive adjustments include outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil ($1 million one-time incentive clause for sacks, escalator clause raising base salary by $1 million annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017),...Read more