In replacing injured mascot Poe, the Ravens didn’t have to look very far.
On Friday, the team announced it’s bringing back Edgar and Allan for the 2022 season, ending 14 years of retirement for two of the club’s original mascots.
Edgar, Allan and Poe were “hatched” on the field in 1998 to honor the famous writer, whose poem “The Raven” was the inspiration for the team’s name. But Edgar and Allan were retired after the 2008 season, leaving Poe as the lone mascot.
However, Poe was carted off the field at halftime of the Ravens’ third preseason game against the Washington Commanders at M&T Bank Stadium last month after suffering an apparent knee injury when he was sacked in an exhibition game against an Amateur Athletic Union team from Baltimore. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
At a faux news conference announcing Poe’s injury, coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were “going to turn over every stone, scour everywhere and find his replacement,” including open tryouts. It turned out they had a solution in-house.
In a video posted Friday, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said he offered Edgar and Allan a one-season contract “for bird seed only” and will “throw in nest expenses as well.” The pair quickly agreed.
“The big thing that I want you guys to understand is this is a major commitment on our part as an organization,” DeCosta told the mascots in his office. “This position is really important, obviously, and we’ve determined that you two guys are really the two best guys for this position.”
Edgar and Allan will wear their original jerseys of No. 101 and No. 102, respectively, and will be introduced out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium before Sunday’s home opener against the Miami Dolphins.