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Preseason schedule is out

It'll still be another couple weeks before we get the 2010 regular season schedule, but the Ravens have announced their slate of four preseason games. The purple and black will open things up against the Panthers on Thursday, August 12 at M&T Bank Stadium. That game will be aired on ESPN. The Ravens will then head down I-95 to take on the Redskins a week

A lower-round LB to watch

Teams in search of an inside linebacker in next month's draft will immediately look to Alabama's Rolando McClain as an option in the first round and guys like Donald Butler, Patrick Angerer and Brandon Spikes as second and third-round possibilities. One guy who won't come off the board quite that early is Arizona's Vuna Tuihalamaka, but that doesn't mean the 6-foot-2, 230-pound 'backer isn't in

Gaither talks heating up?

In a sense, the Ravens put Jared Gaither on the trading block a few weeks ago when they gave him the first-round restricted free agent tender. Now, the market for the offensive tackle might be heating up. According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, Gaither is drawing interest around the league and could be a potential trade target. Per La Canfora, a team offering a second-round

Cornering the market

The Ravens need to add an additional cornerback or two. This much we know. It doesn't look like Nathan Vasher will be one of the guys coming to Charm City this season, however. Vasher, who was released by the Bears earlier in the month, is close to catching on with the Chargers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The former first-round pick would be a

Kicking things off

For well over a decade, the Ravens could go into the offseason knowing there was one position they didn't need to worry about. The last two offseasons have been a little different. With Matt Stover's tenure in Baltimore now clearly in the past, the Ravens have spent the last calendar year in search of their new kicker. Things might not have gone as smoothly as

Lawrence re-ups

The Ravens have re-signed running back Matt Lawrence, an exclusive rights free agent, the team announced today. Lawrence saw action in eight games during the 2009 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Nov. 24. The Massachusetts product posted 16 special teams tackles last season, had four rushes for 0 yards (with a long of four yards), and

An update after Orlando

The owners meetings in Orlando came to a close yesterday, and in addition to the new overtime policy that was put in place during the three-day session, a few other rules were passed as well. Two of them center around player safety, and one centers around umpire safety. The rule that will draw the most attention entering this season will be one that was added

New OT rule passes without Ravens' OK

The NFL has instituted a new overtime rule which will prevent a team from winning by kicking a field goal on the opening possession of the extra session. As of now, the rule will only be instituted for the playoffs, although Rich McCay, the co-chair of the NFL competition committee, said there's a chance that when the owners meet again in May, they will decide

No compensatory picks for Ravens

Despite seeing Bart Scott and Jason Brown sign large free agent contracts with other teams last offseason, the Ravens did not receive any compensatory picks in next month's draft, according to an NFL release. In that release, the league announced the list of teams that will get picks in return for losing unrestricted free agents last year, and the Ravens are not included. In addition

More on Redding (updated)

At one time, Cory Redding was the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL. Now, the Ravens hope the seven-year veteran can help them out in multiple spots along the defensive line. "This will sound a little like a broken record, but Cory is a guy who plays like a Raven," GM Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "He hustles, he plays with intelligence, and he

Ravens sign Redding

After losing a couple defensive linemen to free agency the last few weeks, the Ravens made an effort to bolster their depth up front today, signing former Seahawks defensive lineman Cory Redding to a two-year contract. Redding (6-foot-4, 292) has experience playing both defensive end and defensive tackle in his seven-year NFL career, but he might be viewed as the replacement for DE Dwan Edwards,

Heartbreak city

It was a rough Sunday afternoon throughout the Maryland area. The Terps' shocking second-half comeback in yesterday's second-round NCAA tournament game was trumped by a dramatic, buzzer-beating three-pointer from Michigan State, abruptly ending Maryland's season. I guess we're conditioned, through Hollywood scripts and ESPN highlight reels, to just expect that the team that battles back from adversity and overcomes the odds will always get the

A note on compensatory picks

Well, my bracket is slowly deteriorating. I apparently put way too much faith in the Big East, which has turned into the Big Least after Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame went down yesterday. Luckily, West Virginia (who I have making it to the championship game) finally decided to show up about five minutes into their game today, after falling behind 10-0 early to the local

A question for you

Prior to the Ravens drafting Joe Flacco two years ago, it was clear that the team needed a franchise quarterback. Before the Anquan Boldin trade two weeks ago, it was clear the Ravens needed a No. 1 wide receiver. Check...and check. What were probably the two most glaring long-term holes on this roster have been filled in the last two years. So, what now? What's

Walker leaving town?

Frank Walker has experienced a topsy-turvy ride in Baltimore. It'd be hard to argue otherwise. According to Walker, who is an unrestricted free agent, that ride soon might be coming to a close. Walker tweeted yesterday that he's close to signing a deal with a new team. "sup twitter word seems as if imma be taking the ravens pics down bc i may be a

Kruger possibly making a move

There's been talk for a while now that Paul Kruger would be better off as a down defensive end than an outside linebacker. With Kruger getting ready to start his second pro season, it appears that position change might be getting put in motion. Kruger saw little playing time last year because he was behind three-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs at the outside linebacker spot.

Report: Edwards signs with Bills (updated)

Dwan Edwards has had a busy offseason, making three free agent visits. Apparently, the most recent one has resulted in a deal with the Bills. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Buffalo has reached an agreement with the Ravens' free agent defensive lineman. Edwards met with the Bills earlier today, but the team has not yet confirmed the signing. Edwards had previously visited the Broncos

A couple re-signings

After not tendering Edgar Jones a contract two weeks ago, the Ravens announced today that they have re-signed the reserve tight end. Jones is a solid special teams contributor who provides depth at tight end and also has experience on the defensive side of the ball as a former linebacker. He will make the veteran minimum, according to multiple reports. The team also announced that

A new look at the Boldin deal

Boy, Rex Ryan had an eventful weekend. The Jets' head coach underwent a surgical procedure that he hopes will help him fight obesity and he also added a future Hall of Famer to his roster in running back LaDanian Tomlinson. No big deal. Ryan wasn't the only one making some moves, however. Mike Holmgren continued the roster turnover in Cleveland by signing quarterback Jake Delhomme

AFC North news, Draft talk, and some cake

I wanted to watch Haloti Ngata's guest appearance on the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes" last night, I really did. But this time of year, you can't compete with Big East and ACC Tournament basketball. I do plan on catching Ngata's TV baking debut sometime soon, however, and for anyone else who missed the show last night, TVGuide.com has it re-airing on Tuesday at

Ravens' WR corps now tougher than ever

In Sept. of 2008, Anquan Boldin was struck by a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Jets safety Eric Smith. (If you you've got a strong stomach, you can check out the video of that frightening hit right here.) The shot knocked Boldin unconscious, fractured his sinus membrane, and left doctors needing seven titanium facial plates and 40 titanium screws to repair multiple injuries to the wide

Key parties react to Mason deal

Despite questions about retirement and whether he would sign elsewhere this offseason, Derrick Mason and the Baltimore Ravens were too good a match for the 13-year veteran not to return. Mason feels comfortable in Baltimore, he works well with quarterback Joe Flacco, and the Ravens know that when healthy, Mason will perform. Heck, even when he isn't healthy, Mason still goes out there and guts

Mason is back

Derrick Mason is back, and with his return, the Ravens now boast a fairly strong receiving corps. The Ravens have announced that Mason has signed a two-year contract that will keep the 13-year veteran in Baltimore, and give them a steadily improving group of receivers that also includes Anquan Boldin, Donte' Stallworth and Mark Clayton. The 36-year-old Mason tested free agency for nearly a week

Jackson not joining Ravens

A day after visiting with the Ravens, free agent defensive back Marlin Jackson has inked a deal elsewhere. Jackson has signed a two-year contract with the Eagles, according to ESPN. A former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2005, Jackson was considered an option to improve the Ravens' depth at cornerback, although yesterday's visit to Owings Mills was reportedly more of a meet-and-greet than

Mason's return still likely

We now know that Derrick Mason won't be the Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver in 2010, but it still looks like there's a good chance he'll return to Baltimore and will be a part of an improved receiving corps, according to multiple reports. Mason has yet to draw much interest since becoming an unrestricted free agent last week, and with the Ravens still looking to

Ozzie on Mason, Troy

While Anquan Boldin was the man of the hour during his introductory press conference late yesterday afternoon, there were still a few topics unrelated to the three-time Pro Bowl receiver that were tossed GM Ozzie Newsome's way. One of those was the situation surrounding wide receiver Derrick Mason. Asked about where the 36-year-old Mason fits into the Ravens' plans now, Newsome said he's still an

In AFC North, Boldin will fit right in

He's only been in Baltimore for a day, but Anquan Boldin already has a grudge against the Steelers. OK, so it's only a joking grudge, but the Ravens' newest wide receiver still wants to get a little payback against the team that stole the Lombardi Trophy from his Cardinals in thrilling fashion two years ago. "I'm seeking a little revenge on Pittsburgh," Boldin said today

Seven years later, Newsome gets his man

Ozzie Newsome says he made a mistake. The Ravens GM admitted today that he should have drafted Anquan Boldin back in 2003, but was blinded by the Florida State wide receiver's "measurables" - a reference to Boldin's horrific 4.71 40-yard dash time. Seven years later, Newsome got a chance to correct his draft day error, trading third and fourth-round picks to the Cardinals for Boldin

Agent: Troy desperately wants to be a Brown

Troy Smith's agent, Ralph Cindrich, has made it pretty clear over the last couple months that the Ravens' backup quarterback wants to be traded. But just in case anyone forgot, Cindrich sent us another reminder. Talking to the Canton Repository, Cindrich said that Smith wants to get a chance with another NFL team, and he's got a particular one in mind. "He would crawl from

Boldin press conference LIVE on MASN at 3pm (UPDATED)

The Ravens will welcome wide receiver Anquan Boldin to Baltimore with a press conference at 2 p.m. this afternoon, and you can watch it happen live on MASN. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh will be joining Boldin at the press conference, and the three will take questions from the media. Boldin flew into Baltimore yesterday and took a physical today, completing

Tying up some loose ends

In case you missed it, there was a Ravens-related winner at the Oscars last night. Sandra Bullock, who played Michael Oher's adoptive mother Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, won the Oscar for Best Actress. Unfortunately for Ozzie Newsome, there are no rules that give extra draft picks to teams that are linked to Academy Award recipients. Both Leigh Anne and her husband Sean

Boldin trade comes just in time

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome never enjoys giving up draft picks, but I think he slept OK last night. Yesterday's trade that sent the Ravens' third and fourth-round selections to the Cardinals for wide receiver Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round pick was a necessity and dramatically improves a receiving corps in need of a major facelift. The deal provides quarterback Joe Flacco with a physical target

Thoughts from Anquan

Anquan Boldin leaves the Cardinals as their all-time leader in receptions, ranking third in receiving yards, and fifth in receiving touchdowns. He joins the Ravens hoping to make just as big an impact in Baltimore. "I'm definitely excited," Boldin said in a statement released by the team. "For me, I've been hoping for this for a year since I first heard that the Ravens might

Boldin is on board (updated)

You've wanted it for over a year, and now it's done: Anquan Boldin is a Raven. The Ravens announced that they have acquired Boldin and a 2010 fifth-round pick from the Cardinals in return for third and fourth-round picks. And that's not all. The Ravens also have signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a three-year extension, essentially making his contract a four-year, $28 million deal,

Boldin talk heating up

The Anquan Boldin sweepstakes has kicked into high gear. After multiple reports over the last half hour claimed that the Ravens and Patriots were the two teams heavily involved in negotiating a trade for the Cardinals wide receiver, the NFL Network is now reporting that New England has dropped out of the running. That now apparently leaves the Ravens and Chiefs as the two most

The Ravens' first free agent signing

It might not exactly satisfy your free agent fix, but the Ravens made their first move since the start of the free agent period by agreeing to terms with exclusive right free agent defensive tackle Lamar Divens. Divens, who originally came into the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent, has battled injuries the last couple years. He spent the entire 2009 season on

Updates on Clayton, Yanda, Barnes, Terry (updated)

Before I decide to slide into bed, here are a few more RFA tenders to pass along, according to a league release: The Ravens gave wide receiver Mark Clayton the second-round tender. He will earn 110 percent of his 2009 salary, which would put him at nearly $2.3 million for 2010. Guard/tackle Marshal Yanda was also given the second-round tender. The third-year man would earn

Marshall out of the picture?

As expected, Julius Peppers found a suitor early. And as expected, the Ravens didn't make a move right off the bat. But that doesn't mean there isn't any news to pass along. Despite all the hype surrounding Brandon Marshall and the possibility of him ending up in Baltimore, the Ravens are not seriously considering the troubled wide receiver, according to multiple reports. The Broncos have

Let the games begin

OK, so we're still six months away from actual games. But exactly 20 minutes from now, the 2010 free agent period officially gets underway and the offseason madness kicks into high gear. We should see a couple of the big name unrestricted free agents go off the board very early on, but I'm hearing that there might not be as much action immediately after midnight

Troy gets the low tender

The Ravens have given Troy Smith the low tender, according to the backup quarterback's agent. The move opens up the possibility that a team in need of a quarterback could swoop in and sign Smith to an offer sheet, given that it would only cost them a fifth-round pick (the round that Smith was originally drafted) if the Ravens refuse to match the offer. Smith

Showing some tenderness

We still have yet to hear which tender the Ravens have given to a few of their restricted free agents, but until I've got more news to pass along, I thought I'd do my best to break down how the RFA period works. It's a complicated process, although after today, a good portion of the confusing stuff will be over. Teams had until today to

D-Wil staying in B-more?

Can't say I saw this coming: Despite another frustrating season from wide receiver Demetrius Williams, the Ravens are reportedly planning on keeping him around. According to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post and The Carroll County Times, the Ravens have given Williams the low RFA tender, which would pay the 26-year-old receiver $1.17 million for 2010. Another team would need to be willing to give

More tender talk

The tenders keep coming in. You ready for some more? Here we go: Cornerback Fabian Washington announced via his Twitter account that the Ravens have given him the first-round tender. The former first-round pick is coming off a torn ACL that will limit him in the team's offseason workouts. According to multiple reports, fullback Le'Ron McClain will also receive the first-round tender, while safety Dawan

Gaither gets first-round tender

The RFA tender news is coming in fast and furious today. The latest update concerns Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither, who, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, received the first-round tender from the team. That means Gaither is due for a contract of around $2.3 million if he stays in Baltimore. There is a chance that a team could swoop in and sign Gaither to an

Marshall on the block...for real this time

For some time now, the Broncos have sent out signals that explosive yet troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on the trading block. Today, they made that point blatantly clear. The Broncos have placed just the first-round tender on their 25-year-old wideout, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move is a clear indication that Denver is willing to let Marshall walk. If the Broncos wanted

Ravens need a boost from Suggs, pass rush

When the Ravens announced that they had added Ted Monachino as their new outside linebackers coach last week, it was only natural to wonder if the hire was correlated to Terrell Suggs' sub-par 2009 season. A few days ago, while in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, head coach John Harbaugh all but confirmed that theory. "We hired Ted Monachino to work with [Suggs] directly," Harbaugh

For Suggs, a different type of offseason

Last year around this time, the Ravens slapped the franchise tag on Terrell Suggs for the second straight season, meaning the linebacker was guaranteed a one-year contract. It also meant that Suggs was not required to participate in team minicamps while he and the Ravens tried to negotiate a long-term deal. The two sides eventually came to terms on a six-year, $63 million deal in

A few quick hits

At the risk of seeming like I'm trying to set a world record for most consecutive posts talking about a wide receiver, I've got an update on two guys that have been linked to the Ravens for the last few months. The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that the Chargers will place the top restricted free agent tender on wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm

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