Tight end Dennis Pitta was among the new absentees for the Ravens at Sunday¿s joint practice with the 49ers at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, along with guard/center Ryan Jensen and safety Brynden Trawick.
San Francisco signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year, $110 million contract extension with a record $62 million guaranteed on Wednesday, which inevitably brought up comparison¿s to the contract signed last March by the quarterback who bested Kaepernick in Super Bowl XLVII ¿ the Ravens¿ Joe Flacco.
And former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed was a crowd favorite during cornerback Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball Sunday with 15,000 tickets sold during the first year it's been held at M&T Bank Stadium with the game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen previously.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh met briefly with the Baltimore media yesterday and reiterated several things he said last week, including that the Ravens remain in the market for a tight end, quarterback and cornerback.
Free agency will start in a little over a month, but two things have become apparent: it's going to be tough for the Ravens to upgrade at center and the Ravens are in line to lose several defensive free agents.
Ever since six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk retired in February, Gradkowski has been learning on the job and experiencing growing pains while trying to hold his own against some of the biggest, most talented defensive linemen in the NFL.
Following a week where he created unwanted headlines when he called Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Elam intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the final minute to preserve the Ravens' 18-16 victory Monday night at Ford Field.