The only question here is whether Leone, an undrafted free agent out of Houston, is a serious competitor for Koch or whether he was just added to the roster to give the Ravens an extra camp leg. The Ravens are obviously going to say it¿s the former.
Over the past six months, Harbaugh has stoically moved on from the least successful year of his head-coaching career. He overhauled his coaching staff, executed a review of the organization's ways and while privately fuming, he served as a public supporter to several of his troubled players.
With 88 players under contract, the Ravens have $5.488 million available under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million under the rule of the top 51 salaries counting against the cap during the offseason.
Since trading for and signing veteran center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million contract extension that includes a salary-cap figure of $1.7 million this year, the Ravens are now approximately $6.976 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
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.
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 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.
One of the many things that the guys over at Pro Football Focus do is grade every player that plays a snap in the NFL. So since the Ravens' season is over, let's go back and see which players received positive marks from PFF and which ones were in the red.
The fractured jaw and neck injury suffered by Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber on a block from Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Terence Garvin (Loyola Blakefield) has brought up some debate on how much punters should be protected.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker doesn't miss very often, regardless of his surroundings. He has missed just three kicks on his home turf in two years. But as good as Tucker has been kicking on synthetic surfaces, he has been even better on good old grass.
Sam Koch has been through a lot in his eight years in Baltimore, with many more memories worth savoring than ones he wishes he could kick to the curb. But the 31-year-old said this "little rough spot" over the past four games has been the most maddening stretch of his career.
Prior to being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006, Koch played in his native Nebraska at University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business administration. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Westminster with their three sons, Ryan, 15, Braxtyn, 9, and Kamdyn, 7. The couple will welcome a daughter this fall. Along with his thoughts on youth football and fatherhood, Koch says that, yes, everyone in his family has one of No. 4¿s signature ¿Punters are people too¿ T-shirts.
Punter Sam Koch had a costly shank in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, a 25-yarder that gave the Browns the football at their 29-yard line instead of pinning them deep. They wound up driving for a field goal.