The 28-year-old tight end, who dealt with a career-threatening hip injury last year, admitted that it's nice to have some security for his family. However, he said that his pending free agent status and perhaps an even bigger contract took a backseat to his desire to remain with the Ravens, the team that drafted him and helped him develop into one of the better tight ends in the league.
Down in New Orleans, the debate rages on about whether tight end Jimmy Graham, who was designated by the New Orleans Saints as their franchise tag on Monday, should actually be classified as a tight end.
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancee plan to attend a couples seminar as they continue to work on their relationship following a physical altercation between them in February at an Atlantic City casino, according to coach John Harbaugh.
The Ravens have carved out more salary-cap breathing room by terminating the contracts of veteran fullback Vonta Leach and inside linebacker Jameel McClain on Thursday, creating $4.95 million in salary-cap space.
The Ravens continue to engage in contract talks with tight end Dennis Pitta and have made him a major negotiating priority with a renewed sense of urgency to lock up the pending unrestricted free agent, according to league sources.
The NFL scouting combine is in a couple of weeks, unofficially starting the league's silly season. But even though the NFL draft is still three long months away, draft analysts continue to update their mock drafts.
Two weeks ago, when addressing the state of the Ravens heading into this offseason, general manager Ozzie Newsome was vague when discussing the team¿s stated need of adding another target for quarterback Joe Flacco.
"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.
As wide receiver Anquan Boldin thrived with the San Francisco 49ers this season with 85 receptions with 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ravens were simply unable to replace his physical presence outside.
In a 40-plus minute news conference Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center, Harbaugh acknowledged that upgrading the much-maligned offensive line is an offseason priority, backed struggling running back Ray Rice and didn't completely rule out changes with his coaching staff.