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Michael Huff looking to make own legacy as Ed Reed's replacement with Ravens

Just like anyone who slots into Ray Lewis' middle linebacker spot with the Ravens next season, veteran safety Michael Huff will draw the comparisons as Ed Reed's replacement. Huff, 30, officially signed with Baltimore Thursday and met with the media for the first time since leaving the Oakland Raiders, with whom he spent the first seven seasons of his career. Huff hopes to make a

Veteran safety Huff agrees in principle to deal with Ravens

The Ravens have spent much of the offseason retooling their defense, focusing on pass rushers up front. Now, general manager Ozzie Newsome has added a veteran safety to the defensive backfield. Michael Huff, who had spent his entire career with the Oakland Raiders, agreed in principle to a contract this afternoon. Terms of the three-year deal are unknown. The 29-year-old Huff was drafted seventh overall

Veteran Dumervil brings rookie's desire to prove his worth to Ravens

Elvis Dumervil doesn't hold any hard feelings toward the Denver Broncos for the fax snafu that erased a contract offer and made him a free agent. Speaking at his introductory press conference after signing a five-year, $35 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end only seemed interested in looking into the future, not rehashing the past. "The very

Elvis Dumervil agrees to terms with Ravens

The Ravens have suffered plentiful significant defensive losses this offseason, and now have added a player who might have been the best member of the unit in 2012. Baltimore has agreed to terms with former Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, according to a team-issued press release. It's a five-year deal, pending a physical scheduled for Tuesday morning in Baltimore. Dumervil, 29, is entering his eighth

Ravens to open season away from home (updated with NFL statement)

Although the NFL has begun the tradition of having the Super Bowl champion host the following season opener, the Ravens will begin the season on the road in 2013 because of a scheduling conflict with the Orioles. The Orioles' schedule was released at the end of the 2012 baseball season, and included a Sept. 5 home date with the Chicago White Sox at night. The

Newsome, Harbaugh bid Reed farewell

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh issued statements Friday morning to say their goodbyes to future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed, who signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans. Newsome drafted Reed in the 2002 first round while Harbaugh coached the 34-year-old for his last five seasons in Baltimore. "Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted

Ed Reed no longer a Raven, agrees to terms with Texans

Future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed's time with the Ravens has come to a close. Reed, 34, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Houston Texans, according to multiple outlets. After being drafted by Baltimore in the first round of the 2002 draft, Reed cultivated a career that will likely land him in Canton as soon as, or soon after, he

Spears says choosing Ravens was a "no-brainer"

When defensive end Marcus Spears was released after eight years with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, he wasn't lacking for suitors. The Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens all wanted his services. "It was four teams that I think were real players as far as entertaining offers and trying to be in the best situation," Spears said via conference

Ravens agree to terms with defensive end Marcus Spears on two-year deal (update)

The Ravens have added another former Dallas Cowboys defensive end to their front-seven rotation, agreeing to terms on a reported two-year deal with veteran Marcus Spears on Friday. Spears announced that he's coming to Baltimore on Twitter: "I'm a raven!! See u in Maryland God is so good" The Sun reports the deal is worth $3.55 million. Spears, 30, was cut by the Cowboys this

Ravens officially re-sign C. Johnson, Ihedigbo, cut Pollard (C. Williams to Eagles)

The Ravens announced three roster moves this afternoon, two of which had already been known. Baltimore officially terminated the contract of safety Bernard Pollard and re-signed defensive backs James Ihedigbo and Chris Johnson to one-year deals. General manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement about cutting Pollard, who spent the last two years with the Ravens and was their tackles leader in 2012. "We needed to

Canty "confident" Ravens' transitioning defense has enough to succeed in '13

Chris Canty is aware that he's joining a Ravens' defense in transition. Ray Lewis has retired, Paul Kruger has bolted for the Browns, Dannell Ellerbe has made his way to Miami, Bernard Pollard has been cut and free agent Ed Reed might not be brought back. The newly signed Canty, a 6-foot-7, 317-lb. defensive lineman who has played eight years in the NFL, will likely

Newsome calls Canty "a good player and an upgrade for our defense"

The Ravens officially announced the signing of defensive lineman Chris Canty this afternoon. Canty has split his eight NFL seasons evenly between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, playing 113 career games, making 95 starts. "Chris is a good player and an upgrade for our defense," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We've seen that in our study, and he has

Safety Bernard Pollard cut by Ravens

Safety Bernard Pollard announced on Twitter this morning that the Ravens have cut him, continuing the overhaul of their defense. Pollard will reportedly only save the team $1 million in cap space, leaving $2.25 million in dead money. Pollard, 28, was a fan favorite for his rattling hits and strong play in the defensive backfield. He was also perhaps the most outspoken member of the

Ray Lewis officially hired by ESPN

Ravens icon Ray Lewis and ESPN have made their long-rumored union official this morning. Lewis, who retired after the Ravens' Super Bowl win last month, has been hired by ESPN as a NFL studio analyst to appear on "Monday Night Countdown," "Sunday Night Countdown" and "SportsCenter," while also contributing to ESPN's annual Super Bowl coverage. "ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch

Ravens sign defensive lineman Chris Canty to three-year deal

After losing two linebackers earlier in the day, the Ravens have come to terms on a three-year deal with former New York Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the contract is worth $8 million with $2.8 million guaranteed. Canty, a 6-foot-7, 317-pound defensive end, comes to Baltimore after spending four seasons with the Giants and four seasons

Ravens lose Kruger to Browns, Ellerbe to Dolphins (Boldin trade announced)

Losing linebacker Paul Kruger was considered inevitable because of the Ravens' tight salary cap situation. Less than an hour after the opening of free agency, that came to fruition, as Kruger agreed in principle to a five-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN. The deal is reportedly worth $7.5-8 million per year. Kruger spent the first four seasons of his career with the

Ravens reportedly bring back D. Reed, Ihedigbo (Cox and Harewood, too)

The Ravens have agreed to deals with two of their own, coming to terms with wideout David Reed on a two-year deal and with safety James Ihedigbo on a one-year deal, according to The Sun. Reed, 25, missed all but five games in 2012 because of a torn ACL. He made five catches for 66 yards. Ihedigbo, 29, is a five-year veteran who appeared in

Ray Lewis: "Life is good" so far in retirement

The weird moment of Monday night's gathering at The Lyric came when Ray Lewis walked in no longer a Raven. The former Baltimore linebacker was in attendance for the premiere of the Super Bowl season DVD, and seemed pretty happy with retirement so far. "Life is good. A lot of things are going on, but I'm spending a lot of time with the family, spending

Ravens players react to Boldin trade (T. Smith, J. Jones speak)

Several key Ravens players assembled to celebrate the team's recent Super Bowl victory Monday with the premiere of the season recap DVD at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore. The main topic of discussion as they entered on the purple carpet wasn't a look back at the championship campaign, however. Not an hour before players arrived, news broke that the Ravens

Ravens deal Boldin to 49ers for sixth-round pick

The Ravens didn't need to wait until Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline to resolve the Anquan Boldin situation. The team has traded its top wideout to its Super Bowl opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, for a sixth-round pick, according to The Sun. The Ravens faced having to lose Boldin for nothing tomorrow because of their tight salary cap situation and his $6 million salary next season.

Report: Boldin to be cut unless he renegotiates contract

Wideout Anquan Boldin's time with the Ravens could be nearing an end. Boldin will be cut by the team if he doesn't agree to a renegotiated deal before free agency opens on Tuesday, according to a FOXSports.com report this morning. The 32-year-old Boldin is slated to make a $6 million base salary next season and the team needs some cap relief, but it's conceivable he

Ravens terminate contract of veteran guard Bobbie Williams (updated)

Four days before the start of free agency, the Ravens have found one way to clear some cap room. The team has decided to terminate the contract of veteran guard Bobbie Williams, according to The Sun. Williams, 36, signed a two-year contract with Baltimore last June. He played in 13 games, starting six in 2012, his only season with the team. The Ravens have the

Flacco hopes long-term deal helps keep Ravens more intact

The salary cap ramifications of the Ravens signing quarterback Joe Flacco to a long-term deal are only positive, even if the contract is the largest in NFL history. Flacco is due to make $52 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL.com, but his cap hit early in the deal ($6.8 million in 2013) should provide Baltimore with increased flexibility. Flacco was asked whether it was

Flacco glad to earn "respect" of signing NFL's biggest contract (updated)

News broke Friday that quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens had agreed in principle to the richest contract in NFL history. And Monday, the six-year, $120 million deal became official. Flacco spoke to the media this afternoon about having his future with Baltimore secured, and how it feels to ink such a lucrative contract. "It means a lot. It was never necessarily about the money

Reports: Flacco, Ravens agree in principle on richest deal in NFL history

The Ravens didn't take long to wrap up their biggest order of business this offseason: signing Joe Flacco. Baltimore has agreed to a new deal with its franchise quarterback and the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, according to multiple reports. While the terms of the deal are not yet known, it is expected to be the largest contract in NFL history. Flacco, the Ravens' first-round pick

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