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As free agency opens, Ravens make Hayden Hurst trade official, but other acquisitions are still pending

As the NFL’s new league year opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Ravens made official their trade of tight end Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons, but acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic will delay the completion of other personnel moves.

On Monday, the first day of the league’s legal tampering period, the Ravens agreed to trade Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round draft pick to the Falcons in exchange for second- and fifth-round selections.

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The Ravens have yet to finalize their trade for Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell or their signing of Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers.

“We continue to make the well-being and safety of our organization and community top priorities during this critical public health situation," Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement.

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“In compliance with a recent memo sent by the NFL Management Council, we will withhold official announcement of any personnel moves until prospective players have safely executed a physical examination and signed a contract.

“Despite these circumstances, we are excited about the steps we’ve taken — and will continue to take — to improve our team during this free agency period. We look forward to announcing our moves at the appropriate time.”

The Ravens noted in a release that, under an agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, teams are not permitted to bring free agents to a “club facility or other location” to meet with team officials. Nor are team officials allowed to travel to meet with a free agent or conduct a physical.

The league and its players’ union are developing protocols that will allow teams the opportunity to review a free agent’s medical records and arrange for players to have a medical exam conducted locally.

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