The Ravens clearly are intrigued enough by Lamar Jackson to bring in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in for a pre-draft visit. But that doesn't mean they are taking him with the 16th overall pick.
Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens front office responded quickly to the Ryan Grant fallout, signing Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal Friday after the veteran receiver spent the day at the Under Armour Performance Center meeting with team officials.
Nine months after signing Jeremy Maclin to a two-year, $11 million deal, the Ravens will release the 29-year-old wide receiver after a disappointing 2017 season. Maclin caught just 40 passes for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ravens on Monday used their open roster spot to sign former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who will presumably start out as their third back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. So what are the Ravens getting in Scott, besides backfield depth?
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
John Harbaugh may have raised some eyebrows ¿ or at least spurred some speculation ¿ when he said at the owners meetings yesterday that former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is ¿definitely¿ on the team¿s list.
"We have to upgrade the offensive line," Ravens coach John Harbaugh saud during the owners meetings Tuesday at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. "I don't even know if we have a full complement of linemen to be on our 53-man roster right now."
Ravens running back Ray Rice is scheduled to become a free agent, but the team will place the franchise tag on him by March 5 in the hopes of working out a long-term deal with the Pro Bowl back. That's a bummer for teams looking for an elite back as Rice would have been the best available runner.
Running back Ricky Williams has told Ravens officials that he is retiring, according to sources. But the team is leaving the door open for the 34-year-old to return in 2012 should he change his mind, which is a possibility.
The retirement of Ricky Williams leaves the Ravens with one running back who has more than five career NFL carries -- and that¿s Ray Rice, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Here's a quick look at who the Ravens have on the roster (besides Rice) and a little speculation with three free-agent running backs and three soon-to-be draftees who might fit with the team.
The timing is a little peculiar, but the Denver Broncos said adieu to former starting quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday. He had a good fantasy run under Josh McDaniels, but turnovers did him in with new coach John Fox. Is he worth a waiver claim? You have to read on to find out.
In last week's installment of Fantasy Fodder, I cautioned you to not panic and trade away one of five notable early-season disappointments if your team was stuck in the cellar. I hope this past week was better for you. This week, we're going to turn the tables. If you're in first place in your league and closing in on a playoff spot, don't stand pat. Now is the time to feed on the desperation of owners who feel their season slipping away.
The news that Peyton Manning will miss Week 1 with a neck injury -- and that his status going forward is unclear -- is good news for the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and the other contenders in the AFC. It's bad news for fantasy football owners who were counting on Manning or other Colts to produce this year.