Long before he carved out a reputation as an offensive mastermind and became known as one of the foremost innovators in the NFL, Chip Kelly introduced the Johns Hopkins football team to what became known as the "whistle ball."
The former Philadelphia Eagles and Ravens starter is expected to make a decision soon after receiving offers from the Ravens, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, according to sources.
Annually lacking the salary cap space to make major outside additions and content to reward their own players while building through the draft, the Ravens traditionally stay quiet through the first couple days of free agency when money changes hands at an eye-popping rate.
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback Cary Williams rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season, the feisty defensive back is an option worth exploring for the Ravens.
Now, Rice's status is expected to be determined within the next few days as one source with knowledge of the situation predicted that former federal judge Barbara S. Jones will hand down her ruling as soon as Monday
Ravens running back Ray Rice is scheduled to break his silence Thursday, speaking for the first time publicly since being suspended two games by the league for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
Facing heavy criticism that the NFL didn't go far enough in suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch characterized the punishment as appropriate.
As the Ravens are out on the field for their first training camp practice, the NFL made a decision on the status of Ray Rice, suspending the running back for two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Now that Ravens running back Ray Rice has been accepted into a diversionary program that could allow him to eventually clear his record following a third-degree assault charge, it remains uncertain how the NFL will handle punishment for the three-time Pro Bowl selection.
No team has been awarded more compensatory picks than the Ravens, who have shown that they are able to identify talent in the draft and unafraid to let talented but costly contributors leave in free agency.
Free agency will start in a little over a month, but two things have become apparent: it's going to be tough for the Ravens to upgrade at center and the Ravens are in line to lose several defensive free agents.
"The Ravens aren't cheap," said Joel Corry, a former NFL agent who writes about the business of football for National Football Post. Now the team must face several complicated personnel and financial decisions.
By most measures, the Ravens have one of the better defenses in the NFL. They are currently ranked 10th in scoring defense and 10th in yards allowed. They are seventh in the league with 28 sacks. And only the Kansas City Chiefs have defended better in the red zone. What's missing? Besides the wins? Takeaways.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith was a big topic of discussion in the past week after he allowed three catches for 55 yards and a touchdown to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in a matchup of 2011 first-round draft picks.