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Baltimore Ravens get their Super Bowl rings

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl rings

It’s a great week of celebration for the Baltimore Ravens. The team visited the White House on Thursday to be congratulated for winning the Super Bowl, and they are scheduled to have a ceremony to receive their championship rings on Friday.

Torrey Smith had the best quote of all: “I might act like a woman when she sees her engagement ring!”

We don’t have any specs on the rings yet. We’ll update when we do. Below is a look at the 2001 Super Bowl ring for comparison:

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Joe Flacco’s agent: I’ve never seen ‘dumber move’ than Ravens not signing Flacco last season

Joe FlaccoThe Baltimore Ravens got exactly what they wanted from Joe Flacco when he led the team to a championship last season, but the situation could not have worked out worse for ownership regarding the franchise quarterback’s contract. Rather than signing Flacco to an extension in 2012, the Ravens waited until he won a Super Bowl and stripped them of any leverage they may have had.

Last August, Flacco and the Ravens were close on a five-year extension worth an average of $16 million per year. Flacco’s camp ended up walking away from the discussions, and his agent Joe Linta says the dispute was over $1 million in the final year of the deal. Now, Linta is throwing it in the team’s face that they didn’t act sooner.

“I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move,” Linta told USA Today Sports on Sunday. “I guess people can say, ‘Well, Joe was dumb, too.’ It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That’s like 100 bucks for you or me today.”

While the contract spans over five years, it is realistically only a three-year deal that will need to be reworked in year four. Before the 2016 season, Flacco’s cap hit will be sitting at $28.55. In all likelihood, the Ravens will have to extend him further at that point in order to give the team more cap space.

“I’m not apologetic for the fact this is really a three-year deal, there’s no way they can afford $29 million a couple of years from now,” Linta said. “I’m not apologetic. They chose to walk away.”

Linta has no reason to apologize for getting his client Tom Brady and Peyton Manning money. Despite his mediocre regular season stats, Flacco has had great success in the postseason and has already won a championship at age 28. The Ravens took a gamble and lost, but they won a Super Bowl in the process. Who’s to say Flacco would have been as motivated if he wasn’t playing for a contract? I’m sure the team’s owners aren’t crying themselves to sleep over his contract.

Bernard Pollard missing Ravens’ White House visit, holds grudge

Bernard Pollard RavensBernard Pollard was one of the key members of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning defense last season. Despite his great season last year, the team released him in March. He signed with the Tennessee Titans, and it sounds like there are some hard feelings between him and some people associated with the team.

During an interview with Norris & Davis Show on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, Pollard said he was “stunned a little bit” over his release. He said he would not be joining the team in DC for its celebratory visit to the White House, explaining that he already had a family vacation scheduled. But he says he would not have made the trip anyway even if he didn’t have a conflict.

“I’m not gonna be there,” Pollard told the hosts, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m either going to have someone get my ring or have them ship it to me. I gotta sit this one out, man. I actually have a vacation with my family and then I’m coming back to get [my ring]. If I didn’t have a vacation, I wouldn’t come anyway.”

“If I didn’t have a vacation, I still wouldn’t want to go. I’m not sour,” said Pollard.

“It’s not my teammates. It’s not my teammates at all. I would celebrate with them any time, any day of the week I would celebrate with them. But at the end of the day, I know what happened, I know what took place. . . . I’m sorry, but I just don’t want to be in the room with certain people.”

Pollard was going to count for $3.5 million against the salary cap this season, which doesn’t seem like a ton for what he would do. He said he believes the story GM Ozzie Newsome told him regarding his release.

Pollard led the Ravens in tackles last season, but he isn’t great in pass coverage. The big reason that seems to account for his release is what appears to be a rocky relationship with coach John Harbaugh. The team reportedly had a near mutiny situation in October, and Pollard along with Ed Reed were said to have been the strongest opponents to Harbaugh. Reed signed with another team while Pollard was released. That likely explains his release and bitter comments.

Arthur Jones starts Ravens ‘dream team’ talk after Elvis Dumervil signing

Elvis-Dumervil-BroncosBaltimore Ravens fans have watched their Super Bowl champion defense basically fall apart over the offseason. Ray Lewis has retired and Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, and Cary Williams have all left via free agency. That means Baltimore will have an entirely new look on defense, but fans will be happy to know that the makeover now includes the addition of Elvis Dumervil.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Dumveril and the Ravens have agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $35 million. Dumervil is a few years older than Kruger, but the former Denver Bronco has 63.5 sacks in his career and is considered one of the best pass rushers in the game. Does he make the Ravens a dream team? Defensive lineman Arthur Jones seems to think so.

“That’s awesome. It’s like a dream team in the making,” Jones said of the trade, via the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. “I can’t wait until we all get together.”

Dumervil, who was released on March 15 after his revised contract with the Broncos was not faxed in time, is arguably the best free agent signing of the offseason. That being said, the Ravens will still have a ton of adjustments to make after losing their biggest leaders on defense in Lewis and Reed. Winning back-to-back Super Bowls is difficult enough, let alone doing so with a totally revamped defense.

Moreover, doesn’t Jones realize that the words “dream team” are the worst ones he can possibly use? Remember what Vince Young and Jason Babin said about the Eagles before the start of the 2011 season? We all see how that has worked out. Jones probably should have found a different way to express his excitement.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Torrey Smith, Ravens players frustrated over Anquan Boldin trade

Anquan BoldinWhen word surfaced on Monday that the Minnesota Vikings had traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, Adrian Peterson was not shy about expressing his disappointment on Twitter. Later in the day, the Baltimore Ravens traded playoff hero Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. As you might expect, his teammates were just as disappointed.

The Ravens had made it quite clear that Boldin needed to take a pay cut to remain with the team, and it seemed unlikely that they would be able to find a trade partner given the fact that they had given up most of their leverage. However, San Francisco offered a sixth-round pick and Baltimore pulled the trigger. This did not please Torrey Smith.

As CSNBaltimore.com pointed out, a number of other Ravens players were also disappointed and confused after learning that the man who caught four touchdown passes in the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl championship had been dealt.

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Jacoby Jones gets Ravens Super Bowl tattoo (Pictures)

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is the latest professional athlete to get a championship tattoo, and it’s a big one. As you can see from the photo above that he posted on his Instagram account on Monday, Jones recently got a tattoo of the Ravens logo and the Vince Lombardi Trophy on his back.

The artwork has been ongoing for a while now, and the logo and trophy appear to be the finishing touches in front of a backdrop of the city of New Orleans. You can make out the Superdome in the background if you look carefully.

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Terrell Suggs: Ray Lewis announcing retirement sparked run to Super Bowl

terrell suggsWhen Ray Lewis announced that he would be retiring after the season, it instantly became the biggest story out of the Baltimore Ravens locker room and probably the entire NFL. Most of us grew tired of hearing about it. Lewis’ love for drama and hyperbole is exhausting to the average fan, but Terrell Suggs said it is one of the main reasons the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

During an appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access” Friday, Suggs said that Baltimore would “probably not” have won the Super Bowl if not for Lewis announcing that 2012 would be his final season.

“You could say what sparked it was Ray’s announcement when he said that this would be his last playoff run with us,” Suggs said, via Pro Football Talk. “I would definitely say that was hands-down what sparked it and got our minds going in the right place.”

Suggs says the announcement helped the team focus. Of course, it is easy to say that now that the Ravens are the champs. Had they lost to the New England Patriots or San Francisco 49ers, my guess is you wouldn’t have trouble finding someone who believed Lewis’ announcement distracted the team.  If you remember, Torrey Smith was quick to remind the media that Lewis wasn’t the only guy going to the Super Bowl after Baltimore won the AFC Championship Game.

Nevertheless, the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Lewis got his fairytale ending and there’s no way you can say he distracted the team. Good for him, I guess.