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Ravens LB Jaylon Ferguson dies at 26

Jaylon Ferguson without a helmet

Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson (45) walks off the field after win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died, the team announced on Wednesday.

The Ravens said in a statement that they are “profoundly saddened” by the death of Ferguson, who was 26.

Baltimore Police said officers responded to a call at around 11:25 p.m. on Tuesday night and found Ferguson unresponsive. He was treated by paramedics at the scene but never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead. Police said there were no signs of foul play or trauma suspected. The cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner.

Ferguson had taken part in all of the Ravens’ offseason practices leading up to the 2022 season. The former Louisiana Tech star appeared to be in great shape and had lost weight, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen was among those who tweeted his reaction to the tragic news.

Ferguson was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He appeared to have a chip on his shoulder after he was not allowed at the NFL Scouting Combine over an incident that occurred years before.

Ferguson had 4.5 sacks and 67 total tackles in three seasons with the Ravens. He leaves behind two daughters and a son, all of who are under the age of 5.

Lamar Jackson addresses questions about his future with Ravens

Lamar Jackson looks on

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson chose not to attend voluntary workouts with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, but the star quarterback says that had nothing to do with his desire for a new contract.

Jackson, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told reporters on Thursday that his absence from OTAs was “not contract-related.” The former MVP does not have an agent, but he said he had some contract discussions with Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta this week. He was asked if he wants to finish his career in Baltimore.

“I expect so. Yes, I do,” Jackson said, via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.

Jackson also said he believes he has earned a new contract, but he noted that winning a Super Bowl is the No. 1 thing on his mind heading into the season.

“I still want my Super Bowl, though, but I think I’m worthy (of a new contract),” he said. “Yes sir, I do.”

Some have wondered if Deshaun Watson’s contract with the Cleveland Browns has complicated negotiations between Jackson and the Ravens. Watson signed a fully guaranteed $230 million deal with Cleveland after they acquired him in a trade with the Houston Texans. Jackson said that situation has nothing to do with his.

It is a positive sign that Jackson has had contract discussions with DeCosta recently. That could allow the two sides to avoid one certain outcome, but Jackson probably will not be willing to negotiate once training camp begins.

Ravens star hints at Lamar Jackson’s plans with Instagram video

Lamar Jackson looks on

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson chose not to attend organized team activities with the Baltimore Ravens, which led to some speculation that he could skip mandatory minicamp as well. It does not appear that is going to happen.

Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey shared a video on his Instagram story on Monday that had fans in Baltimore breathing a collective sigh of relief. Humphrey was with Jackson, who has presumably reported to the team.

Minicamp begins for the Ravens on Tuesday, so it would stand to reason that Jackson is planning to participate.

OTAs are voluntary, so there was no need to sound the alarm when Jackson was absent. Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh did not seem concerned last week when asked about the possibility of Jackson skipping mandatory workouts.

Jackson is set to make $22 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract. He does not have an agent, and he has not shown much willingness to sit down and hammer out a long-term extension with the Ravens. Harbaugh has indicated that the team is waiting on Jackson. It is possible that the two sides are headed for the franchise tag.

Jason Pierre-Paul visits with AFC team

Jason Pierre-Paul without a helmet

Sep 16, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is still a free agent, but he could be getting closer to finding a home for the 2022 season.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that Pierre-Paul was visiting with the Baltimore Ravens.

Pierre-Paul posted a video of the Baltimore locker room to his Instagram story on Thursday.

The Ravens aren’t the only team that has reportedly shown interest in signing the three-time Pro Bowler this offseason.

The 33-year-old pass rusher spent the last four seasons with the Buccaneers and the previous eight with the New York Giants. In 12 games last year, Pierre-Paul had 2.5 sacks, 31 total tackles and five quarterback hits. He played most of the year with a torn rotator cuff that required surgery earlier this offseason.

Pierre-Paul’s best season with the Buccaneers came in 2020. He was named to the Pro Bowl after recording 9.5 sacks, 55 total tackles and 14 quarterback hits in 16 games. In four playoff games, Pierre-Paul had 2.0 sacks and 13 total tackles.

The Ravens have had a busy offseason adding defensive players through both free agency and the draft. The team drafted Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Michigan linebacker David Ojabo, and signed former New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams to a five-year deal.

John Harbaugh addresses Lamar Jackson’s absence from OTAs

Lamar Jackson looks on

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has not participated in the team’s OTAs this offseason, but head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t think that Jackson will be absent much longer.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Harbaugh said that he thinks Jackson will be with the team for mandatory minicamp from June 14-16.

“I expect him to be here at mandatory minicamp,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh also shared that he’s not concerned about Jackson showing up to minicamp unprepared.

“I know he’s working hard,” Harbaugh said. “Lamar Jackson’s a hard worker, so I’m not worried about how hard he’s working. I fully expect him to come back in great shape, that’s what he talks about. I’m sure he’s throwing, I’m sure he’s doing a good job.”

Harbaugh didn’t seem too concerned when Jackson didn’t show up for the Ravens’ OTAs in May.

Jackson hadn’t skipped voluntary workouts with the Ravens until this year, which is the final year of his contract. He and the Ravens have been unable to come to an agreement on an extension so far, and a report from earlier this offseason suggested that Jackson could wind up getting the franchise tag for 2023.

In 2021, Jackson made his second Pro Bowl despite struggling at times. In 12 games, the 25-year-old completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,882 yards and 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He ran the ball 133 times for 767 yards and two touchdowns.

Steelers’ Miles Boykin admits how much he used to hate his new team

Miles Boykin catching a pass

May 26, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Miles Boykin (13) participates in organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Miles Boykin went from viscerally hating the Pittsburgh Steelers to playing for them, and he had a funny reason for that hatred.

Boykin was a third-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. The former Notre Dame receiver had initially believed he was a lock to be drafted by the Steelers, so when they passed on him in favor of Diontae Johnson, he resented the organization immediately.

“It was crazy because I thought the Steelers were going to draft me originally,” Boykin told Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But when I got to Baltimore, it was like, ‘No, I hate Pittsburgh.'”

The Ravens released Boykin in April, and he was claimed off waivers by the Steelers. Needless to say, Boykin’s hard feelings have evaporated as he tries to make the Pittsburgh roster.

The Ravens and Steelers have such an intense rivalry that some players have shied away from going from one team to the other. Boykin had no choice, but he had to let some bad feelings go, both due to the rivalry and his personal history.

Ravens sign former All-Pro cornerback

John Harbaugh looking on

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have added a reliable piece to their secondary.

The Ravens announced on Tuesday that they have signed veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller to a one-year deal.

Fuller, 30, is a two-time Pro Bowler and former All-Pro. He spent the first seven years of his career with the Chicago Bears before playing a lone season for the Denver Broncos in 2021.

The Ravens had their cornerback depth tested last year when Marcus Peters went down with a torn ACL prior to the start of the season. Marlon Humphrey then suffered a torn pectoral muscle in December. Both are expected to be ready for the start of 2022, but those injuries likely inspired Baltimore to make bolstering their secondary a priority this offseason. They have done that by signing Fuller and safeties Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton.

Fuller was one of the better free agents remaining. He recorded 51 tackles last season and has missed just one game in his entire NFL career. He should fit in nicely in Baltimore.

Lamar Jackson likely headed for franchise tag with Ravens?

Lamar Jackson looks on

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) reacts against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There appears to be growing pessimism about the chances of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson signing a long-term contract with the franchise, according to new reports.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Friday that a new deal between Jackson and the Ravens is “highly unlikely.” A $35 million annual offer was not enough to get Jackson to sign before the start of the 2021 season, and the quarterback market has only become more valuable since then. The most likely outcome, according to the report, is that Jackson ends up under the franchise tag for 2023.

This was largely backed by a report from Jeff Howe of The Athletic, who also added that many around the league are increasingly curious whether Jackson and the Ravens will wind up going the franchise tag route.

Jackson has been acting as his own agent in negotiations, and thus far he has not shown much interest in sitting down with the Ravens and hammering something out. The organization no doubt wanted to have something done by now, and the fact that they don’t seems to be contributing to the increased belief that Jackson may end up going year-by-year.

Former All-Pro defensive lineman attempting comeback with Ravens

John Harbaugh looking on

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are giving an opportunity to a former first-round pick to get back into the NFL.

Marcell Dareus, a former All-Pro lineman for the Buffalo Bills, is in Ravens camp for the weekend on a tryout basis, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

The Ravens are hoping to strike gold here, unlikely as it may be. Dareus last played in 2019, and his last successful season was in 2014 with Buffalo. He had ten sacks that season, but only added nine more sacks in five years after that. Part of that was due to repeated off-field issues.

Baltimore does not need a ton of defensive line help, so Dareus would be depth if he even catches on with the team. The 32-year-old is a longshot, but he has the opportunity, at least.

Report: Jarvis Landry drawing interest from Browns’ rival

Jarvis Landry in Browns gear

Aug 20, 2020; Berea, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Jarvis Landry is said to be open to a reunion with the Cleveland Browns after they made him a salary cap casualty earlier this offseason, but could the veteran wide receiver wind up with a rival team instead?

The Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in Landry, according to Brian Stainbrook of the Orange and Brown Report.

A report several week ago claimed the Browns were making an effort to re-sign Landry. Cutting him saved the team nearly $15 million in salary cap space, so the move was hardly a shock.

Plans may have changed after the Browns drafted a pair of wide receivers. They took Purdue’s David Bell in the third round and Oklahoma’s Mike Woods in the sixth. While neither is a lock to start, the Browns may be less inclined to bring Landry back now.

Landry has supposedly been asking for a lot of money, which may be why he is still a free agent. The 29-year-old had a down season last year with just 52 catches in 12 games, but he battled injuries and poor quarterback play.

The Ravens need help at wide receiver after they traded Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals. Landry seems like he would be a decent fit in Baltimore.