The Ed Reed era is officially over in Baltimore. So let's look back at some of those memorable plays when the bearded ballhawk meandered his way toward the end zone. Sometimes he got there. Other times he pitched to a teammate or to the turf. But some of his returns were among the most thrilling plays in Ravens history.
Alongside Ed Reed, whom he calls "the best free safety to ever play this game," Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard is living the dream. The tandem has made quite an impact in their first season playing together.
Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is doubtful for Monday night's game vs. the Jaguars, while wide receiver Lee Evans and guard Ben Grubbs have been ruled out. Linebacker Jarret Johnson and rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith are probable.
The Ravens have joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only teams in the NFL that are using iPads for playbooks. ... Safety Tom Zbikowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet. ... Joe Flacco doesn't think he is taking too many hits. ... An industry source says the Orioles are expected on Friday to ask the Dodgers for permission to interview assistant GM De Jon Watson. ... The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in Game 2 of the World Series.
Baltimore is blessed with a bunch of talented sports bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. I often link up to these local writers in my morning Coffee Companion posts, but instead of just exchanging anti-social links with them, I have decided to be slightly less anti-social by exchanging emails with them in a somewhat regular feature called Blogger on Blogger.
Until Thursday, the competition to replace Dawan Landry, a free agent who left for Jacksonville, was between Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura, both of whom arrived in the 2008 draft. Then the Ravens signed free agent Bernard Pollard to a two-year contract and it became a three-man competition.
The Ravens struck a deal with Marshal Yanda, agreeing Tuesday afternoon to a five-year deal with the offensive lineman that is believed to average a little more than $6 million per season. ... With Yanda locked up, the Ravens' focus now turns to re-signing cornerback Josh Wilson. ... Domonique Foxworth is ready to get back on the field. ... The Orioles pounded out four home runs en route to a rare win in Toronto. ... Vladimir Guerrero was activated from the disabled list.
The celebration of the NFL's four-month lockout ending turned into disbelief Monday when the Ravens cut four players, including their top two receivers of all time. Veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that they will be released from their contracts. ... The Ravens players who survived the roster cuts are ready to get back on the field Wednesday. ... Brooks Robinson is getting a statue. ... The second phase of building the Baltimore Grand Prix race course has begun. ... Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships early Tuesday morning.
Today could be the day that the lockout clouds clear and NFL sunshine beams down on Baltimore and the rest of this football-crazed nation. The players and owners have reportedly agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, and the players will vote to approve the deal -- and end the lockout -- at 11 a.m.
With the NFL lockout expected to be lifted -- fingers crossed, everyone -- in the next seven to 10 days, we can start focusing on football-related business and not just what enraged linebackers have been saying. The Ravens have had their post-lockout plans drawn up for weeks, preparing for the moment when the lockout ends and the NFL¿s free-spending organizations rush to the express checkout line in free agency.