Exactly five years after he played his last game and went out as a Super Bowl champion, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
As he enters his 15th and final season, the Ravens wide receiver's legacy appears secure. He has a hard-earned reputation as one of the most intense competitors to play in the NFL and one of the best pass catchers of his era. An undersized receiver who was initially labeled a return specialist, Steve Smith Sr. has 915 career catches, 13,262 receiving yards and 73 receiving touchdowns.
Most Ravens fans will tell you that inside linebacker Ray Lewis was the greatest pick in franchise history. But the fine stat heads over at ESPN have calculated that Lewis was the NFL's best draft pick since 1994.
Chad Ochocinco was cut by the New England Patriots on Thursday. Since there is always a small sector of the fan base who clamors for over-the-hill, me-first wide receivers (see Terrell Owens and Randy Moss), let's go ahead and shoot down any speculation: The Baltimore Ravens aren't going to make a play for the Twitter-happy wideout.
When it comes to star power in NFL free agency in 2012, there might not be a more stacked position group than wide receiver. But much like the running back class, this year's bumper crop of free agent wide receivers will likely be thinned when some teams exercise their right to place the franchise tag on pending free agents. Here is a look at five of the top free agent wideouts and where they could wind up.
Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Baltimore Ravens as they head into the NFL scouting combine, which starts on Wednesday in Indianapolis, and free agency, which begins March 13.
Terrell Owens didn¿t play in the NFL in 2011, and the 38-year-old is currently playing for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League. T.O. said Wednesday that there is no question he can still help an NFL team.
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Joe Flacco does have the freedom to call his own plays and make suggestions. ... Ed Reed did not practice on Thursday. ... Lee Evans didn¿t sound optimistic about suiting up on Sunday against the Cardinals. ... Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot and will miss two to three months. ... On Friday, the Orioles' GM search committee will interview John Stockstill. ... The Cardinals won in 11 innings to force a Game 7.
There are very few slam-dunk picks in fantasy football. For years owning LaDainian Tomlinson guaranteed you a spot in the playoffs. Peyton Manning has been an elite fantasy QB for more than a decade. And though he's now in the twilight of his career, Terrell Owens used to be good for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs a season. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates falls into this category.