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Newly signed Michael Huff plans to follow Ed Reed as next great Ravens safety

Apr 1, 2013

It appears that the Baltimore Ravens have found their replacement for departed free safety Ed Reed. According to ESPN.com, the team officially signed former Raiders safety Michael Huff to a three-year free agent contract on Thursday. Of course, actually replacing the longtime Ravens superstar is far from an easy task, which is probably why it’s a good thing that Huff has no intention of doing so. “Ed is one of the greatest free safeties to ever play the game. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Huff said. “For me to come in here, I don’t really feel like I’m following his footsteps….

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Elvis Dumervil agrees to join Ravens on five-year deal

Mar 25, 2013

Just when we thought the Baltimore Ravens’ offseason was going to be a steady downhill tumble, the team finds a way to score a major free agent victory. According to NFL.com, free agent pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil has agreed to join the Ravens, instead of re-joining the Denver Broncos. Dumervil, you may remember, had initially agreed to restructure his contract with the Broncos earlier this month. However, the proper paperwork was not filed in time for Denver to avoid paying Dumervil his original $12 million salary for the coming season, so the Broncos chose to release the seven-year veteran instead. While the Broncos…

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Miserable offseason continues as Ravens learn they will open next season on the road

Mar 25, 2013

For a team that just took home the Lombardi Trophy less than two months ago, the Baltimore Ravens have been having one miserable off-season. A mass exodus of key players–like linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Cary Williams and star safety Ed Reed–and the retirement of legendary linebacker Ray Lewis and veteran center Matt Birk (not to mention the surprising trade of Anquan Boldin) has left the defending Super Bowl champions much less like, well, the defending championship team, than anyone could have guessed. Of course, roster turnover alone isn’t enough to spoil the mood of the Ravens faithful. Even if the team struggles to adjust this season…

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Longtime Ravens safety Ed Reed agrees to join Texans

Mar 20, 2013

It appears that yet another of the Baltimore Ravens’ most recent Super Bowl team is departing. The Ravens have already seen star linebacker Ray Lewis and veteran center Matt Birk head into retirement and have lost linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger and cornerback Cary Williams leave via free agency. Oh yeah, they also traded away wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, the team Baltimore defeated to take home the Lombardi trophy. Now you can (almost) officially add longtime safety Ed Reed to the list of former Ravens. According to NFL.com‘s Albert Breer, Reed has agreed to join the Houston Texans, though the terms…

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Paul Kruger inks five-year, $40 million deal with Cleveland Browns

Mar 12, 2013

With the second-most salary cap room in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have long been expected to make a significant–and early–splash in free agency, which officially kicked off at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It appears that the first ripples in the proverbial pool will be surrounding former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Kruger–one of the top free agents available at any position this offseason– has signed a five-year deal with the Browns that will pay the prolific pass-rusher $40 million over the life of the contract. The move…

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Ravens agree to trade WR Anquan Boldin to 49ers

Mar 11, 2013

Well, Joe Flacco can tell Anquan Boldin to “stick to his guns” all he wants now without anyone in the Ravens organization giving a hoot, because Boldin was just traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Just one day prior to the start of free agency, the Ravens dished Boldin out west for a 2013 sixth round draft pick, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore clearly could not afford to pay Boldin the $6 million he is due in the 2013 season, and San Francisco can; it’s that simple. [RELATED: Ravens’ Joe Flacco says Anquan Boldin should “stick to his…

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ESPN Radio Hit: Senior writer Bear Heiser talks Flacco’s contract, Packers & Patriots free agency

Mar 10, 2013

With the start of free agency looming, ESPN Honolulu’s Bobby Curran asked me to join him to discuss some of the league’s hottest topics. We talked Joe Flacco’s shiny new contract and what it means for Aaron Rodgers, Packers’ free agency needs, Wes Welker’s contract squabble in New England & much more. You can listen broadcast below. It’s a shade less than 14 minutes.

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Ravens’ Joe Flacco says Anquan Boldin should “stick to his guns” on 2013 salary

Mar 10, 2013

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco got paid, very handsomely, in fact. And now he wants everyone else to get paid, too. Flacco told the USA Today that teammate Anquan Boldin should “stick to his guns“ when it comes to his team’s desire to reduce his 2013 salary. The wide receiver is scheduled to make a base salary of $6 million next season, seventh most in the league at his position. But according to Flacco, Boldin’s services are invaluable. [Related: Saints had no choice but to give Chris Ivory second-round tender] “Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl,” Flacco said. “He’s a…

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Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco reach agreement on new contract

Mar 2, 2013

The Baltimore Ravens have made Joe Flacco the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, after the two sides agreed to a six-year, $120.6 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. While the fine print still has to be ironed out (something that, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, will occur over the weekend), Flacco is expected to be in Baltimore to sign the finalized deal on Monday. The deal will make Flacco the highest paid player in NFL history with an annual salary of $20.1 million, barely surpassing New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees‘ five-year, $100 million contract…

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Ravens center Matt Birk to retire

Feb 22, 2013

Following his team’s Super Bowl victory and what his head coach John Harbaugh called his best season of football to date, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk is set to retire from the NFL after 15 seasons as arguably one of the best to ever play the position. Birk, 36, was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round out of Harvard (yes, that Harvard) in the 1998 Draft. He went on to be the anchor in the middle of that Vikings offensive line for 11 seasons, including the 2003 season when the Vikings sported the most prolific offense in the…