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Bringing in Matt Schaub as backup quarterback is a good idea

I like the idea of the Ravens possibly bringing in Matt Schaub as a backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

Throughout his NFL career Flacco, has never had a serious enough injury to force him to miss playing time, but a team always needs a security blanket.

Schaub put up decent numbers as a starter during his time in Houston, and is familiar with the West Coast offense, which he ran when Gary Kubiak was the Texans' head coach.

According to the Ravens, there won't be many changes in the offense from a year ago, even though it will be under the direction of new coordinator Marc Trestman. That's a huge advantage for the Ravens if they can sign Schaub.

Also, Schaub has plenty of experience, so different coverages and schemes won't suprise him.

Schaub might be a little more costly than most backups in the NFL, but he is worth it. I certainly feel more comfortable with him subbing for Flacco than previous No. 2, Tyrod Taylor. 

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Quarterback Matt Schaub expected to visit Ravens this week, sources say

Quarterback Matt Schaub is expected to visit the Ravens early this week, according to NFL sources.

Schaub, 33, has also drawn strong interest from the Atlanta Falcons. The Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans have also expressed interest.

The Ravens have been looking for a candidate to back up starter Joe Flacco. They have 2014 sixth-round NFL draft pick Keith Wenning under contract, but would ideally like to have an experienced veteran in place behind Flacco.

Former Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor signed a three-year, $3.35 million contract with the Buffalo Billls this offseason.

Schaub played for the Oakland Raiders last season after being acquired via a trade with the Houston Texans in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

Schaub was replaced as the starter by rookie first-round draft pick Derek Carr before being cut after the season.

In 11 games last season -- none of which he started -- Schaub completed five of 10 passes for 57 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona to visit Eagles, sources say

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is scheduled to visit the Philadelphia Eagles next week, according to a league source.

His snaps have been clocked at 41 mph, reaching the punter's hands in less than a second.

A four-year starter, Cardona was the only long snapper invited to the NFL scouting combine.

At 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, Cardona bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times and had a 33-inch vertical leap and a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash.

Cardona has a pending service commitment. He is required to serve five years in the Navy as an officer and will be commissioned in May.

There have been exceptions granted in the past, though, including special clearance given to former Navy fullback Eric Kettani, which allowed him to play in the NFL.

“Ultimately, it’s whatever the Navy wants to do with me and I'm ready and willing to do whatever they ask,” Cardona said during the NFL scouting combine.“It's something that I'm definitely looking into applying for. All that comes down to the needs of the Navy and...

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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker got married Saturday to Amanda Bass

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tied the knot over the weekend, marrying Amanda Bass during a wedding ceremony in Texas.

"So happy to say I'm officially a married man!" Tucker wrote on his official Twitter account. "I will always remember 3.28.15 as the happiest day of my life. I love you @AmandaBass!!"

Tucker has dated Bass for several years, and they got engaged two years ago during an elaborate proposal at the Four Seasons in the Inner Harbor.

Now, the couple is heading off on its honeymoon.

Tucker posted a photo Monday on his Instagram account of them at the airport.

"Thanks to all our friends & fam for celebrating with us this wknd," Tucker wrote. "Now it's time for a trip to somewhere warm and sunny"

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Minnesota running back David Cobb on Ravens' radar as draft approaches

As the NFL draft approaches, the Ravens have scheduled visits with a number of top running backs. That list includes Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon and Indiana standout Tevin Coleman.

Although the Ravens aren't bringing Minnesota running back David Cobb in to their training complex for a visit, sources indicated they've displayed consistent interest in him and have a high opinion of the All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection.

Cobb has four official visits with other NFL teams, according to sources.

The Ravens talked with Cobb at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine.

Cobb has drawn third-round grades from NFL draft analysts. If the Ravens don't draft a running back to work in tandem with veteran Justin Forsett in the first or second round, Cobb could be a strong option in the third round, if he's available.

Cobb is coming off a quadriceps injury that he suffered at the combine while running a 4.81 in the 40-yard dash.

Cobb was still recovering from the injury and didn't...

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The Ravens are not done in free agency, but what's left?

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...

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