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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Articles tagged: Baltimore Ravens

Report: Gerald McCoy to choose between three teams

Gerald McCoy

Gerald McCoy has multiple teams that are interested in signing him, and the veteran defensive tackle is expected to make a decision in the near future.

McCoy visited with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers over the past week, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he will choose between one of those three teams. The 31-year-old could make his decision as early as this weekend.

Rapoport said on NFL Network that the Ravens are confident they can sign McCoy, and we know the same is true of the Browns. Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens said as much when discussing McCoy earlier in the week. The Panthers also just had one of their veteran players take a sizable pay cut, and that could put them in position to add McCoy.

McCoy was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this month, and he said he feels reinvigorated by a dietary change he made. Teams obviously believe he still has plenty of good football left.

Justin Tucker agrees to record-setting contract extension with Ravens

Justin Tucker reaction

Justin Tucker is considered by many to be the best kicker in the NFL and one of the greatest the sport has ever seen, and the Baltimore Ravens are giving him a new contract that reflects that.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tucker and the Ravens have agreed to a four-year, $23.05 million extension that includes $12.5 million fully guaranteed. The contract is the richest ever for an NFL kicker.

Tucker is currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history, as he has converted on 90.114 percent of his kicks since entering the league in 2012. The next closest is Robbie Gould, who has made 87.745 percent.

Although he experienced one of the most stunning moments of his career in 2018 (and not in a good way), Tucker is still as good as it gets. If you’re going to pay a kicker big bucks, he’s the guy you want to have.

Eddie Lacy reportedly worked out for Ravens

It appeared that Eddie Lacy’s NFL career was over when he was unable to find work all of last season, but at least one team is giving him a look heading into 2019.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Lacy worked out for the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

It still seems highly unlikely that Lacy will make a 53-man roster at the end of the summer, but a team like the Ravens could give him a training camp invite. Baltimore already signed one veteran running back this offseason when they brought in Mark Ingram, so they’re probably just doing their due dilligence.

Lacy’s first two seasons with the Green Bay Packers looked promising, but it was all downhill from there. His tenure with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017 got off to a rough start, and he ended up averaging just 2.6 yards per attempt on 69 carries. There’s no reason to believe he’s suddenly resurrected himself.

Robert Griffin re-signs with Ravens

Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin III had trouble finding work before he signed with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, and it is clear he made a lasting impression with the team.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Thursday that the Ravens have agreed to re-sign Griffin on a one-year deal. He was apparently a great influence for rookie Lamar Jackson last season.

Griffin, 29, has a similar style of play to Jackson’s, so it makes sense that the Ravens like pairing the two together. He also has starting experience in the NFL, which would come in handy if Jackson ever got hurt.

Mark Ingram to sign three-year deal with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are retooling after losing several key players this offseason, and star running back Mark Ingram is the latest to agree to a deal with the team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Ingram has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Baltimore.

The news of Ingram’s deal came just minutes after it was reported that the Ravens have signed All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a massive four-year deal.

Ingram, 29, should get a chance to serve as the featured back in Baltimore. It became clear that the New Orleans Saints were moving on from him when they agreed to a deal with Latavius Murray on Tuesday, and Ingram hinted earlier in the offseason that he wanted a chance to not split carries with Alvin Kamara. The former Alabama star will get that with the Ravens.

Earl Thomas agrees to four-year deal with Ravens

Earl Thomas

The Baltimore Ravens made a somewhat surprising decision to release Eric Weddle this offseason, but they may have been eyeing the Pro Bowl safety’s replacement all along.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Ravens have have agreed to a four-year, $55 million contract with Earl Thomas. The deal includes $32 million guaranteed.

Thomas is more than four years younger than Weddle, so he’s considered an upgrade at the position. The Ravens have already lost Terrell Suggs and CJ Mosley via free agency, and they’ll be relying on Thomas to be the heart of their defense going forward.

Many believed Thomas was destined to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, but the price was apparently too steep for them. Assuming he shows no ill effects from the fractured leg he suffered last year, Thomas should return to his All-Pro form in 2019.

Report: ‘Very real possibility’ Terrell Suggs leaves Ravens

Terrell Suggs

There is expected to be a very competitive market for pass-rushers when NFL free agency begins, and Terrell Suggs is among the players teams will be trying to sign. The 36-year-old proved in 2018 that he is still capable of being very productive, which could result in him pricing his way out of Baltimore.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there is already a good market forming for Suggs, and there is a “very real possibility” that he could end up leaving the Ravens.

Suggs has missed just one game since 2012. He had seven sacks last season and 11 the year before, so it’s no surprise teams want to add him to their defensive front. Suggs’ 132.5 career sacks rank 13th all time in the NFL, and he needs just five more to break into the top 10.

The Ravens reportedly have interest in bringing Suggs back, but some recent comments he made indicated that may not be in the cards. Suggs was drafted by the Ravens with the No. 10 overall pick in 2003 and has played all 15 of his NFL seasons in Baltimore.