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Heap leaves Ravens for hometown Cardinals

Just minutes after word broke that the Ravens had added a new face to their offense in fullback Vonta Leach, word broke that they had lost the most familiar one. Tight end Todd Heap, who has been the face of the Ravens' offense for much of the last decade, has signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals. In all likelihood, the Leach deal made re-signing

Ravens sign FB Vonta Leach (updated with team comments)

The Ravens said this offseason that improving the running game was going to be their top priority. Their actions today backed up those words. Baltimore has agreed to terms with fullback Vonta Leach, according to Leach's Twitter account. The deal is reportedly for three years and worth $11 million. "Will be a Raven this year," Leach wrote on Twitter. Leach (6-foot, 255-lbs.) was considered the

Another Raven leaves town

Josh Wilson, Donte' Stallworth and Chris Chester have all signed with the Redskins. Willis McGahee went to the Broncos. Dawan Landry is now a member of the Jaguars. Kelly Gregg inked a deal with the Chiefs. Now, Fabian Washington has joined the Who Dat nation down in New Orleans. Washington, who started 30 games at cornerback for the Ravens the last three seasons, has signed

Report: Jets courting Todd Heap

What's this? Jets coach Rex Ryan is courting a former Raven who he knows well from his tenure in Baltimore? Shocking stuff. The New York Daily News is reporting that tight end Todd Heap, who was cut by the Ravens early this week, is visiting with the Jets this weekend, and in typical Ryan fashion, the former defensive coordinator in Baltimore was waiting to greet

Chris Carr: "I'm back!"

The Ravens appear to have rounded out their cornerback rotation today, as Chris Carr announced on Twitter that he is returning to Baltimore. "Well bmore. I'm backkkkkkkkkkkkk! Very excited to finish my career here" Carr tweeted. Terms of Carr's deal have not been disclosed, and the Ravens have yet to acknowledge that they've reached a contract with the cornerback, but if Carr has put it

Ravens ink a number of restricted, exclusive rights free agents

The Ravens announced that offensive tackle Oniel Cousins, safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura and linebackers Tavares Gooden and Jameel McClain have signed their restricted free agent tenders. Long snapper Morgan Cox, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, offensive lineman Bryan Mattison and cornerback Cary Williams also signed their exclusive rights free agent contracts, and the Ravens officially announced that linebacker Prescott Burgess, wide receiver Marcus Smith and

Jimmy Smith expects to start Week 1

Friday afternoon was Jimmy Smith's first practice as a professional football player. That practice took place after three months of sitting around without coaching, and it comes less than six weeks before the Ravens begin the regular season. It's safe to say the odds appear to be stacked against any rookie coming into that type of situation and starting Week 1, especially one who plays

Ravens not panicking, and fans shouldn't, either

While you were sleeping - or enjoying a beverage or two - the Ravens made a couple minor roster moves last night. Baltimore released defensive tackle Lamar Divens and running back Curtis Steele after both failed their physicals. The Ravens also withdrew restricted free agent tenders to wide receiver Marcus Smith and running back Jalen Parmele, moves which opened up around $1 million in additional

Contract extension with Ravens a goal for Ngata

Haloti Ngata wants to reach a long-term contract with the Ravens so he can have some security past this season. The Ravens want to reach a long-term contract with Ngata so they can make sure the Pro Bowl defensive tackle stays in Baltimore for years to come, and so they can clear some salary cap space this season. Now, it's just a matter of the

Yanda excited to be with Ravens long-term

As an unrestricted free agent, Marshal Yanda knew that he would be talking with a number of teams this week, and would have the chance to sift through deals that could have brought him big money and a chance to be the face of a team's offensive line. That's a process many NFL players might relish. Yanda didn't. All along, the four-year veteran knew he

Terrell Suggs likely to return tomorrow; Ed Reed might, as well

After missing the first two practices of training camp while on the non-football injury list, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has passed his conditioning test and physical, and will likely participate in practice tomorrow. Head coach John Harbaugh said that he's "pretty sure" that Suggs, who has been bothered by a hamstring ailment, will be good to go Saturday for the Ravens' first full contact practice.

James Hardy, Mana Silva get early looks (updated with McGahee news)

How's this for a sign that the NFL free agent market is bloated right now - former Ravens offensive lineman Chris Chester signed a five-year, $20 million deal with the Redskins. No offense to Chester, who's a nice guy and was a solid backup at guard and center for most of his time in Baltimore, but $20 million over five years? Sure sounds like a

Dawan Landry closing in on deal with Jaguars (Jimmy Smith signs)

The Ravens will need to find a new strong safety. Dawan Landry, who has started 64 games at the strong safety spot since being drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2006, is poised to sign a five-year deal with the Jaguars, according to reports. Landry's departure is not unexpected, but it will leave the Ravens with a decision to make regarding who

Cramps, absences highlight first training camp practice

I've never been far enough away from home to experience legitimate jet lag before, but man, it's real, and it's rough. I crashed at 8:30 p.m. last night after getting back to Baltimore around 7 a.m. yesterday morning and spending the afternoon out in the sun at Ravens' headquarters, so I didn't get a chance to give you your full complement of news from the

Kindle participates in first practice as a Raven

A little over a year after fracturing his skull, linebacker Sergio Kindle tossed on a Ravens jersey today and took part in his first practice as a professional football player. Kindle, the Ravens' top draft pick in 2010, missed his entire rookie season after falling down a flight of stairs, and because of the severity of his injury, it was unclear whether he would ever

Ravens sign 26 undrafted free agents

The Ravens have signed 26 undrafted rookie free agents, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday afternoon. Those signed are: Defensive tackle Cornell Banks (Fresno State) Center Tim Barnes (Missouri) Center Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse) Running back Damien Berry (Miami) Guard/center Justin Boren (Ohio State) Wide receiver Rodney Bradley (Hawaii) Linebacker Josh Bynes (Auburn) Safety Eugene Clifford (Tennessee State) Defensive tackle Bryan Hall (Arkansas State)

Back in business (updated with draft pick signings)

Hey there, Baltimore. Good to see ya again. After a 10-day vacation which had been planned long in advance, I'm back in Charm City just in time for the Ravens' first training camp practice of 2011, which will take place today at 1 p.m. All I missed while I was gone was the end of the NFL lockout, the surprising release of tight end Todd

Ravens come to terms with WR Torrey Smith (Doss, too)

After 48 hours of watching players either cut or sign with another team, fans can finally rejoice in an acquisition. According to reports, the Ravens have come to terms with second-round pick, wide receiver Torrey Smith. Terms of the deal are not yet known for the former University of Maryland standout. Smith had a monster campaign with the Terps in 2010, accumulating 67 catches for

Cornerback Wilson agrees to deal with Redskins

According to reports, cornerback Josh Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins. The deal is for three years at $13.5 million, with $6 million guaranteed. A free agent, Wilson showed great promise last season in Baltimore, starting the second half of the season after replacing Lardarius Webb in the Ravens' secondary. The team acquired Wilson last September from Seattle for a fifth-round

Training camp begins under unusual circumstances ... without the pomp, too

I suppose the Ravens officially opened training camp this morning, but it sure didn't feel like it. Tucked inside the team facility in Owings Mills, Md., the Ravens got busy on their 2011 campaign, only without the familiar backdrop of McDaniel College and the hundreds of anxious fans all decked out in purple in black. As players continued their physicals and met with coaches for

Marshal Yanda, Ravens agree to terms (update)

Ozzie Newsome has confirmed that Marshal Yanda and the Ravens have agreed to a multi-year deal. The Ravens can make the deal official Friday after the the 6 p.m. free agency deadline. The Ravens didn't wait long after the lockout ended to lock up the right tackle, who did a great job filling in for the injured Jared Gaither last season. The Ravens hope to

NFL owners, players have new agreement in place

The NFL and its players have come to an agreement at long last. For more than four months, the owners had locked out the players and tried negotiating a new labor deal for both sides, according to multiple sources. The new collective bargaining agreement will run for 10 years, meaning the deal runs through the April 2021 draft. As part of the deal, players will

Le'Ron McClain hopes to return to Ravens, but prepared for the alternative

If Le'Ron McClain could craft how the next few months of his life would go, he would re-sign with the Ravens, get a chunk of the reps as the team's running back and also serve as a blocking fullback, and continue to spend time with teammates he loves in a city he enjoys. McClain is aware, however, that things might not work out that way.

Ryan Clark: Ravens haven't earned rivalry status with Steelers

Steelers safety Ryan Clark got into a bit of a war of words with Ravens running back Ray Rice earlier this week, and while the players' Twitter battle fizzled fairly quickly, Clark decided to fan the Ravens-Steelers flames again on Tuesday. During a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Clark took on the Ravens organization and fan base, saying that the Ravens haven't

Ravens' top-five post-lockout priorities

We heard that last week was a prime opportunity for the owners and players to come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and end the lockout. That didn't happen. We've heard that this week is yet another prime opportunity for the sides to reach an agreement on a new CBA. Anyone feel like we've been down this road before? Once a deal

Former Colts great Mackey passes away (updated with Ravens' statement)

One of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game of football, John Mackey, has passed away at the age of 69. Mackey died Wednesday night. The former Baltimore Colts star revolutionized the tight end role in the 1960s, bringing athleticism, speed and pass catching ability to a position that previously was mostly an extension of the offensive line. Mackey had such speed, in

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