I couldn't help but notice a couple of trends with the Ravens' four offseason additions. First, the Ravens signed four players who were cut by other teams this past offseason. Second, these players seemed to have picked the Ravens for a reason: They want to win a Lombardi Trophy. Sound familiar? That's how the New England Patriots have operated this past decade.
As the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens try to work out a scheduling conflict that has put in jeopardy the NFL's hopes of opening up the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, the relationship between the two downtown neighbors has again come under scrutiny.
However, that job opportunity quickly closed when the Bears agreed to a five-year, $35.965 million contract with former New Orleans Saints and Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod. That deal included $17.715 million in guaranteed money.
espite trading receiver Anquan Boldin on Monday and then losing linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe on Tuesday, the Ravens still might have a shot at retaining safety Ed Reed and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun hopes to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, he exchanged emails with Gordon McGuinness, who writes about the Ravens for Pro Football Focus.
The Ravens have had positive talks regarding starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and will continue to hold discussions regarding their second-ranked priority free agent behind Flacco, according to his agent. The Ravens met with Ellerbe's agent at the NFL scouting combine, but aren't expected to resume talks with him until later this week.
That understanding stemmed from the Ravens' intention to make Gino Gradkowski their center of the future when they drafted him out of Delaware last year in the fourth round with the 98th overall pick. Now, the future has arrived.
The NFL's annual pre-draft meat market wraps up Tuesday, but one of the players generating the most buzz at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis was former Dunbar star Tavon Austin. His 4.34 in the 40-yard dash Sunday validated the gigabytes of electrifying game tape the wide receiver compiled at West Virginia. Will he be there when the Ravens pick?