Jarret Johnson will retire as a member of the Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.
The gritty veteran outside linebacker will sign a one-day contract this offseason to officially retire with the Ravens after he played the past three seasons for the San Diego Chargers.
Johnson, 33, played in the NFL for 12 seasons and was regarded one of the most respected and toughest players in the league.
When Johnson announced his retirement last month, he saluted the Ravens, who drafted him in the fourth round out of Alabama in 2003.
"I also want to thank my Baltimore family," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "Where I leaned to be a pro and conduct yourself like a warrior on the field. Where I spent 9 of the best years of my life."
Johnson had 20 sacks in nine seasons with the Ravens and missed just one game.
He set franchise records with 129 consecutive games played and 80 consecutive starts. (Punter Sam Koch has broken his record for consecutive games with 144 and quarterback Joe Flacco has passed...Read more
Jacoby Jones' free agent tour continues, as the former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner will now visit the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.
Jones has previously visited the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
Jones' four-year, $12 million contract was terminated last week by the Ravens, saving them $750,000 against the salary cap.
Jones, 30, scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and his legacy also includes the “Mile-High Miracle” touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC divisional-round.
He was due a $2.5 million base salary in 2015 and was one year into a contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Jones made $4.5 million last season, but didn’t hit a $500,000 incentive clause for receptions. The New Orleans native caught just nine passes for 131 yards and zero touchdowns last season. He dropped several passes early and lost playing time.
Jones also had four fumbles, losing two....Read more
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback Cary Williams, rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season, the feisty defensive back is an option worth exploring for the Ravens.
And Williams has a strong interest in potentially rejoining the Ravens after leaving the organization on good terms two years ago, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Whether that means the Ravens will try to sign Williams is premature at this time, though.
Williams plays the game with a combative nature, embracing an underdog mentality as a 2008 seventh-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. He's a big cornerback at 6 feet 1, 190 pounds and has the physical style and leaping ability to prevent receivers from making contested catches.
The Ravens had problems in the secondary last season, thanks in large part to injuries to top cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc foot sprain) and Lardarius Webb (nerve damage to lower back, hematoma). Smith is making steady...Read more
When the Ravens and former star running back Ray Rice reached a settlement on his wrongful termination grievance in January, the financial details were undisclosed.
The sides wound up settling for $1.588 million, according to sources.
Rice was seeking back pay from his $3.529 million base salary for the 2014 season. The settlement was agreed upon in advance of a hearing before NFL system arbitrator Shyam Das.
Rice's $35 million contract was terminated in September after a graphic video surfaced of his domestic violence incident. He filed the grievance in October.
Rice was paid a total of $26.588 million on the contract that was signed in July 2012, which included a $15 million signing bonus.
The Ravens were holding $1.44 million against the salary cap since the grievance was filed. The Ravens are $4.604 million under the NFL salary cap limit of $143.28 million heading into free agency on March 10 and the start of the 2015 league year.
After settling in January, the Ravens released...Read more
From Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Steve Smith, the Ravens have a history of acquiring big-name wide receivers late in their careers and benefiting from them having productive seasons. That’s why not long after the Houston Chronicle’s report last night that long-time Houston Texans star wide out Andre Johnson will either be traded or released, the speculation started immediately that Baltimore could be his next destination.
It makes sense for several reasons. The Ravens really need a wide receiver, especially if Torrey Smith leaves in free agency, which now seems likely unless he’s willing to accept a hometown discount. Tough, sure-handed, hungry and clutch, Johnson is exactly the type of player that the Ravens love. And the Texans pipeline has worked well in the past with Vonta Leach, Bernard Pollard, Jacoby Jones and Owen Daniels all coming from Houston and playing key roles for the Ravens.
Despite the Texans' shaky quarterback play last season, Johnson still caught 85 balls for...Read more
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is worth an estimated $2.7 billion and ranks 244th on Forbes' annual list of richest Americans.
The Anne Arundel County businessman is the founder of the staffing firm Allegis Group, formerly Aerotek. Allegis Group is the largest privately held staffing firm in the United States.
Bisciotti ranked 235th last year, but his wealth went up from $2.6 billion. Bisciotti, 54, is a self-described "C" student from Salisbury State who built his business into one of the nation's largest staffing firms.
Bisciotti and his cousin, Jim Davis, launched Aerotek in 1983, running the company out of a basement office and generating $1.5 million in sales in the first year.
A net worth of at least $1.55 billion was required to make the list, which the magazine started tracking in 1982.
Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank is worth $3.2 billion and ranks 190th on the list of richest Americans. A former University of Maryland football player, Plank has gone up from 345th to...Read more