Two days after they were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House, the Super Bowl XLVII champion Ravens received their ultimate reward, collecting their championship rings at a private ceremony at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Friday.
The 2012-13 Ravens will be well represented Wednesday when the team travels to the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama for its 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Ravens had an extremely eventful offseason where they overhauled their roster and dealt with a tight salary-cap situation by making a series of tough decisions.
The NFL Network is revealing its list of the top 100 players in the 2012 season. But knowing how little thought some players give while filling out their ballots, I have a hard time taking that list seriously. The list that interested me more was the top 101 players of 2012 from the guys over at Pro Football Focus.
Five NFL analysts chimed in on the Baltimore Ravens' draft class, and the consensus is they did a good job with a 10-player class that includes Florida safety Matt Elam and Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome always talks about taking the best player available, but the early picks in this year's NFL draft have fit perfectly into the blueprint that he laid out during the team's postseason news conference in early February.
Each weekday through Wednesday, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will look at where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today we'll examine outside linebacker:
The Ravens won¿t get their season-opening home game, like reigning Super Bowl champions have for the last decade. But they will play four prime-time games, including a Thanksgiving night home showdown against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, and a much-anticipated rematch with the Denver Broncos to kick off their Super Bowl XLVII title defense.
The Ravens replaced pass rusher Paul Kruger with a Pro Bowler in Elvis Dumervil. They are open to trying out defensive end Pernell McPhee at rush linebacker. Courtney Upshaw could improve his pass-rushing prowess before his second NFL season. And Terrell Suggs should have four fully-functioning limbs this fall. Will that keep the Ravens from drafting another pass rusher next week, possibly even with an early pick?
We have known for a couple of weeks that defensive lineman Bryan Hall would be slimming down to move to inside linebacker. But Tuesday was the first time that the Ravens acknowledged publicly that Kelechi Osemele may play left tackle and that defensive end Pernell McPhee would become a hybrid linebacker.
The conversations didn't just start in the aftermath of the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII. They actually began four months earlier when Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh started to meet and plan for 2013 and beyond.
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.
The acquisition of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil creates questions about how the snaps will be divvied up amongst him, Terrell Suggs and Courtney Upshaw, but the Ravens' coaches will tell you that it's a good problem to have.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Chris Worthington, who blogs about the Ravens for the Baltimore Sports and Life blog.
You probably shouldn't judge an offseason until, well, it is over. The Baltimore Ravens reminded everyone of that on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a deal with former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil.
Before his scheduled meeting with the Ravens later this week, former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff is set to visit his hometown Dallas Cowboys today, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
The following players have signed with other teams: outside linebacker Paul Kruger (Cleveland Browns, $40.5 million), inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (Miami Dolphins, $35 million) and cornerback Cary Williams ($17 million).
The most debated move the Baltimore Ravens made this offseason was the trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin. How will they replace his production? Ravens coach John Harbaugh shed light on that Tuesday.