After a 2015 season in which they set a franchise low with 383 rushing attempts and finished 26th in the NFL by averaging 92.4 rushing yards per game, the Ravens made fixing their running game an offensive priority. Coach John Harbaugh has said since early in the offseason that the team will stay with the hot hand at running back and that could change on a game-by-game basis.
It was only about 2½ years ago when wide receiver Mike Wallace, then a newly minted Miami Dolphin after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, declared that the Ravens were still his least favorite team. Now, Wallace is joining the organization that he once disliked. The Ravens agreed to terms with the veteran wide receiver during his Tuesday visit to the team¿s training facility.
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.
On a day where money changed hands at a dizzying rate both before and after the free-agent market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens stayed mostly quiet, but set themselves up to make moves in the days ahead.
A day before the free-agent market officially opens and just hours after learning that Kelechi Osemele was unofficially headed to the Oakland Raiders on a record-breaking contract, the Ravens reached a tentative agreement with tight end Benjamin Watson on a two-year deal. The 12-year veteran had 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns last year for the New Orleans Saints.
Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller, who played high school football at Good Counsel, was on track to be a high first-round pick before his final season with the Hokies ended prematurely after he got microfracture surgery on his knee. He's not going to participate in the on-field workouts at the combine, but he estimated that he is 90 percent recovered from both wrist and knee surgery.
Maryland coach DJ Durkin was born on Jan. 15, 1978, which happened to be Super Bowl Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys beat Denver, 27-10, in Super Bowl XII at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., behind a staunch defensive effort. One of the most valuable players of that game? Maryland great Randy White.
It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
The welcome to the NFL moments for Darius Kilgo were plentiful during his first season with the Denver Broncos this fall. The former Maryland defensive tackle endured two-a-days at rookie minicamps last May, appeared in the Broncos' season opener against Baltimore in September and watched Tom Brady try to lead a last-minute New England comeback in the AFC championship game last week. And there's a bunch more ahead for him in the next week.
Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds has transferred to Maryland and will be eligible immediately as a redshirt senior, the school announced Wednesday. Edmunds spent the past four seasons in Blacksburg, Va., where he rushed for 957 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career.