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Courtney Upshaw

Ravens' news, notes and opinions

There was a lot of talk over the weekend about the upcoming July 15 deadline to sign designated “franchised” players to long-term contracts before they are locked into playing the season under the franchise tag. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly made some progress in their efforts to sign wide receiver Dez Bryant. The New York Giants have a decision to make after their designated “franchise” player, pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, hurt his hand in a fireworks accident over the weekend. The Ravens? They don’t have to worry about the deadline because they haven’t used the franchise tag since 2012, when they applied it to Ray Rice, a precursor to reaching a...