The Ravens agreed in principle with three-time Pro Bowl selection Eric Weddle on a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $29 million. The deal, according to sources, includes $13 million in guaranteed money and $9 million this season.
As he enters his 15th and final season, the Ravens wide receiver's legacy appears secure. He has a hard-earned reputation as one of the most intense competitors to play in the NFL and one of the best pass catchers of his era. An undersized receiver who was initially labeled a return specialist, Steve Smith Sr. has 915 career catches, 13,262 receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns.
With the start of the new NFL year looming this afternoon, the Ravens had not reached an agreement Monday night on new contracts with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and cornerback Lardarius Webb, whose current deals will make it extremely difficult for the organization to be active in free agency.
It's been an extremely long, frustrating season for Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, due to a lingering back injury that's just started to fully cooperate as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns.
Ravens rookie free safety Matt Elam knows what's heading his way Sunday against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. He'll be matching wits and speed with a sophisticated, high-powered offense led by veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.