Tag:Baltimore Ravens
Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 8:30 pm

Ngata could score a big payday

Posted by Andy Benoit
H. Ngata (US Presswire)
The most domineering 3-4 defensive end in football is in the final year of his contract. The Baltimore Sun points out that Haloti Ngata’s market value may have increased earlier this week, thanks to a certain rookie defensive tackle from Nebraska:

The deal signed by Ndamukong Suh on Tuesday not only locked up the draft's top defensive player, but it could serve as the measuring stick for the Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

In the last year of his contract with the Ravens, Ngata would be one of the most sought-after players in free agency. According to a league source, the Ravens haven't approached Ngata about an extension. But Suh's deal would appear to be a reasonable starting point.

The second player overall in the 2010 draft, Suh signed a five-year, $68 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed. Ngata, who is considered one of the top defensive players in the NFL, could command a five-year deal in the $70 million to $75 million range with over $40 guaranteed.

There’s next to zero chance that Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome will let Ngata get away. If a long-term deal can’t be reached, expect Newsome to pull out the franchise tag that he used twice on linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs (Suggs ultimately got his long-term deal last season).

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 5:40 pm

Harbaugh chews out Ravens' 1st team defense

Posted by Will Brinson

Pretend you're the Ravens' first team defense. You are a mildly mangled, quickly aging human being who may or may not suffer from narcolepsy. And yet, you don't have the Ed Reed-ian confidence you used to to overcome those issues.

Most likely, you're not loving your life right now. Which is why you started crying when your coach, John Harbaugh, screamed at you (according to The Sun's Ravens Insider ) when you let backup running back Curtis Steele rip off a couple back-to-back first downs.

"That is our first-team defense, you've got to be [expletive] me," Harbaugh shouted to the defensive sideline from the middle of the field. "That is our first-team defense getting their [butts] kicked. That is our second-team offensive line."

Now (and yes, I'm done with the Hubie Brown-style second-person stuff), Harbaugh's probably a little frustrated. After all, the Ravens -- as Josh and I mentioned on our spectacular AFC North Podcast Preview -- dominance has shifted to the offensive side of the ball this year.

And the already weak secondary's been ravaged by further injury, so it's a safe assumption that Harbaugh is looking for something to motivate the team, even if he wouldn't talk about the little swearfest following practice. Which he wouldn't, but would you either?

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:47 pm

Sergio Kindle recovering slower than expected

Based on initial reports following Sergio Kindle’s head injury, the Ravens rookie linebacker suffered only a minor fractured skull (if there is such a thing) and was supposed to be out of the hospital relatively quickly. However, it’s been two week.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Kindle remains hospitalized in Dallas. The good news is he is expected to be transferred to a rehab facility next week. 

The Ravens are yet to sign Kindle. Contract negotiations are being delayed for when he’s healthier. John Harbaugh spoke with Kindle Tuesday night and said the youngster was “in great spirits”.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:16 pm

AFC North Preview, Podcast Style

Just like Monday, it's preview time, podcast style. Wednesday's edition features the AFC North.

Anyway, Josh and I run through the division, asking the hard questions: Has the Ravens dominant side of the ball shifted? What will happen with the circus in Cincinnati? Can the Steelers contend with Big Ben suspended? And why does Cleveland still have sports teams?

That's, right: all that and more, all for the low, low price of clicking a play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL ) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com .

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
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-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 2:15 pm

Ravens trade QB John Beck to Redskins

From the Baltimore Sun:

The Ravens traded fourth-string quarterback John Beck to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Doug Dutch, who was on the Redskins' practice squad last season.

Dutch, 24, is 5 feet 11, 199 pounds. He was undrafted coming out of Michigan in 2009 and was added to the Redskins' practice squad in November.

This move adds depth to the Ravens' injury-filled cornerback group.

The trade of Beck doesn't mean Troy Smith is guaranteed a spot on the team. There is still a chance that the Ravens will only keep two quarterbacks (Joe Flacco and Marc Bulger).

From the Redskins side of things, this likely means the end of Colt Brennan. The Hawaii gunslinger was battling Richard Bartel for the No. 3 quarterback job. Rex Grossman is slated to be the No. 2. However, Grossman may get pushed by Beck, who was a second-round pick of the Dolphins in 2007.

UPDATE: Redskins inside Chris Russell says Brennan will indeed be released.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 10:55 am

Which cornerback will Baltimore sign?

With starting cornerback Domonique Foxworth out for the season (ACL) and the next two corners on the depth chart – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – recovering from their own ACL injuries, the Ravens are in the market for a cornerback. Head coach John Harbaugh was quoted in the Baltimore Sun as saying:

“Oh yeah, we’re looking. We look at every position, but I think that’s a position of interest, without a doubt. We’re looking hard, and there are guys out there. We’re studying the guys who are out there, and there are guys on [other teams’] rosters that we’re looking at. So Ozzie and his staff are looking at the whole gamut, and we’re looking at those guys on tape as coaches.”

Walter Harris was signed a few weeks ago, but the aging veteran may not be 100 percent after missing all of last season with an Achilles injury. Chris Carr, a natural dime back, is Baltimore’s best healthy corner.

Harbaugh said that free agent Frank Walker, who was with the team last season, is a possibility. Shawn Springs is another name Harbaugh acknowledged. The Ravens also took a look at Ken Lucas before ultimately deciding to sign Harris. Lucas had a horrendous ’09 season in Seattle (that’s why he’s still a free agent) but he’s only 31 and just a few years removed from being one of highest paid corners in the game.

Another name few people are mentioning but that should at least get consideration is Fred Smoot. He has starting experience, he can cover outside or over the slot and he’s capable of playing physical.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:42 pm

A whole mess of Ravens news

After missing the first two days of Baltimore’s training camp, TE Todd Heap returned to the practice field today, passed his conditioning test and caught a couple TD passes. He’d been on the non-football illness list with a tonsil virus, but he came back today and performed well.

“I’m not 100 percent. I’m still fighting through it,” Heap said in quotes captured by the Baltimore Sun . “I felt good enough where I (could) go for it this morning. … It knocked me out. There were three or four nights where I couldn’t sleep. It was a battle.”

-After losing Domonique Foxworth to a torn ACL Thursday, drastically impacting the team’s already-thin CB corps, the Sun is reporting the team is having “dialogue” with free agent Frank Walker.

Considering Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington are coming off injuries from last year, Baltimore needs to do something about its secondary. Chris Carr has worked with the first team lately in practice, but there’s a reason he’s much better known as a returner on special teams.

“Sure, Frank would have a shot,” Harbaugh told the paper. “Frank knows our scheme. He’s got some options, some teams he’s talking to right now. But he’s one guy of a lot of guys we’re looking at.

Walker played for Baltimore the previous two seasons, starting six of 29 games and recording two total interceptions.

-OT Jared Gaither hasn’t practice since Friday morning, and nobody seems to know why. Initially, Baltimore said he was suffering from cramps, but today Harbaugh said, “I’d like to be able to tell you what it is. I don’t know. He’s getting bloodwork, and they say they’re going to do some tests on him on Monday, and they’ll tell us what it is. That’s all they’ve told me.”

Gaither, it should be noted, reported at 311 pounds, almost 30 pounds less than where he played last season. Harbaugh said he wasn’t sure why.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 5:59 pm

Another blow for Ravens? Jared Gaither carted off

The bad news continues to pile up in Baltimore. First, cornerback Domonique Foxworth went down with a torn ACL. This afternoon, stud right tackle Jared Gaither was carted off the field with a back injury. The Baltimore Sun writes:

Gaither had ice on his lower back after being injured in the afternoon practice, according to Sun reporter Edward Lee. The severity of the injury is unknown.

He had been rotating with Michael Oher at left and right tackle during the morning and afternoon practices.

Gaither had been absent for most of the offseason workouts because of a toe injury. Now, he could miss time because of a back injury.

If Gaither is unavailable, the Ravens would play Oher at left tackle (which has been the plan all along) and likely go with Oniel Cousins at right tackle. Coaches will say that they’re confident in Cousins and that the super-raw third-round pick of ’08 has made drastic improvements to his strength and technique. This is true, but the fact of the matter is, Cousins is also the guy who got dismantled by the Steelers in Week 16 last year (he gave up two sacks in the closing minutes and had been briefly benched earlier in the game). Cousins, a native of Jamaica who is still relatively new to the sport of football, has made great strides, but he still has a ways to go.

UPDATE: Good news: Mike Duffy of the Ravens team website says that Gaither was only suffering from cramps.

-- Andy Benoit

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