Kelechi Osemele is healthy and happy and when he jogs out of the M&T Bank Stadium tunnel Thursday night for the Ravens' preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers, his comeback from a potentially career-threatening back injury will be nearly complete.
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown followed a similar team-friendly, pay-as-you-go approach to a six-year contract extension this week for quarterback Andy Dalton, which differs greatly from how the Ravens structured their blockbuster contract for Joe Flacco.
Now that veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston has ageed to a one-year contract with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, any lingering speculation about a potential reunion with Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak can finally be put to rest for good.
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.
Despite a season where Daryl Smith established himself in the middle of the defense as the leading tackler with 123 tackles along with a career-high five sacks and three interceptions, the results left him unsatisfied. The Ravens finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will spend the next month working out and keeping his right arm in shape through regular throwing sessions with friends, teammates and anybody else capable of catching a tight spiral
If the first two days of this week's minicamp are any indication, Terrell Suggs appears in some ways to be back in his 2011 form. His voice has reverberated around the practice field at the Under Armour Performance Center. He's traded barbs with a number of the Ravens' offensive players, including backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Steve Smith, and even playfully challenged offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Steve Spagnuolo, a former St. Louis Rams head coach and defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, brings a significant amount of experience to his job as Ravens secondary coach.
However, the reality is that the deals are vastly different and the original reports about Kaepernick's financial windfall are fairly misleading. Kaepernick's contract is extremely team-friendly and operates in more of a pay-as-you-go manner than the Ravens' structure for Flacco.
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.
C.J. Mosley was a two-year captain at Alabama, won two national championships with the Crimson Tide and was named the country's best college linebacker last year. Now he'll be given every opportunity to start immediately for the Ravens.
Now, the Baltimore native has the job of his dreams. He officially became an NFL football player Friday night when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, trading up with the San Francisco 49ers to select him 94th overall.