Jamal Lewis filed for bankruptcy in Georgia in April, claiming $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts — among them, a more than $350,000 judgment on a defaulted loan from the bank whose name hangs over Ravens stadium.
On paper -- and we know the dangers of evaluating football teams on that alone -- it doesn't appear the Baltimore Ravens have done much to improve an offense that ranked 12th in the NFL in points scored and 15th in total yards a season ago. But there is reason to believe that the offense will be better in 2012: They will finally have a little continuity.
When several teams, including the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, expressed interest in Baltimore director of player personnel Eric DeCosta for their general manager opening earlier this offseason, the Ravens responded by giving their long-time executive a contract extension and a title change.
It wouldn't be spring if Ed Reed wasn't jockeying for a new long-term contract, and I hope he gets one, but his radio comments the other night were way over the top. He's been treated like one of the minor Greek gods around here for a long time, and somebody needs to remind him that he signed that contract that he now considers disrespectful.
Before playing in Torrey Smith's charity basketball game on Friday, Ray Rice declined comment when The Baltimore Sun asked the running back about his contract situation. But on Tuesday, after representing the Ravens at the NFL's unveiling of its new Nike uniforms, he opened up to reporters about getting a deal done.
As we head into Week Four of free agency, it's probably a good time to point out that the Ravens are currently just $1.75 million under the salary cap, which is probably right around the amount of money that they're going to need to pay their draft picks.
"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."
Joe Linta, the agent for Joe Flacco, met with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty for several hours yesterday at an undisclosed location to continue negotiations about a contract extension for the quarterback.
Joe Linta, the agent for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and center Matt Birk, said Monday night that he and Ravens officials are scheduled to meet again in the next week to 10 days to continue discussing his clients.
Grubbs¿ agent, Pat Dye, said today that he had a very ¿positive¿ meeting with Ravens¿ officials at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis last week, but he stopped well short of saying that a deal with the team is imminent.
Monday marks the first day teams are allowed to place the franchise tag on one of their own unrestricted free agents, meaning that the Ravens are officially on the clock in their effort to sign Ray Rice to a contract extension.
Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff said Sunday that his teammates and the Ravens organization have given him nothing but support since he missed a 32-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the team¿s 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game three weeks ago.
Is the window closing for the Ravens to win a Super Bowl? It definitely is for stalwart linebacker Ray Lewis and free safety Ed Reed. But Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes the window is wide open for his franchise.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and the team released a lengthy statement about the decision to permanently move training camp from Westminster to the team's headquarters in Owings Mills when that decision was announced in December. On Wednesday, Bisciotti was asked about appeasing the many disappointed fans.
At Wednesday's "State of the Ravens" news conference, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was asked about Billy Cundiff's missed field goal against the Patriots, a 32-yard kick that could have sent the game into overtime. Bisciotti said he "dies with" players who experience such struggles because they have become like family to him.
Joe Flacco¿s performance in the AFC championship game might not have silenced all his critics, but in the minds of owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, there is no question the 27-year-old quarterback is the man to lead the Ravens back to the Super Bowl