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4 main points from Flacco's 2015 media exit interview


4 main points from Flacco's 2015 media exit interview

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco cannot run very fast right now, but he welcomes the idea of adding more speed to the Ravens’ offense next season.

As players packed their bags Monday and began their offseason, Flacco held court in the locker room surrounded by reporters. As he continued to recover from knee surgery, Flacco addressed some key points, including:

- The Ravens’ need for more speed

“You see what speed does,” Flacco said. “You see what the Steelers are doing with the speed they’ve added the last couple of years. It definitely makes a difference out there. I’m not saying it’s something that we need, but when we’ve had it here, it’s definitely made a little bit of a difference. It helps.” 

Asked if he would campaign for who he wanted the Ravens to draft, Flacco smiled and said, “I’m not a scout. I don’t know what I’m looking for, but I will be in the building a lot. So I’m sure I’ll have a lot of conversations with people, and if they ask me, I’m going to give my honest opinion.”


- Flacco has not been given a definitive timetable for his return, but said he expected to recover from knee surgery right around the start of training camp in late July.

“By August I’ll be eight weeks out of surgery,” Flacco said. “I don’t know what the timeline is on these things, but I’m in there doing the work. I’m expecting I’ll be ready to go.”

- Flacco knows the six-year, $120 million contract he signed in 2013 must be restructured this offseason for the Ravens to have the financial flexibility they need. His cap number next season is a whopping $28.55 million.

“I know that it’s obviously out there, and it’s going to be somewhat of an issue,” Flacco said of his contract. “I haven’t thought about it too much. I haven’t talked to anybody about it. It’s sitting there.  No matter what you do, there’s no way of getting around having a big cap number at some point, or a consistently big cap number. The first few years of my deal, the cap number wasn’t very big, so you don’t really have any other way around it than to have a monster one at the end of it. You know it’s coming unless the salary cap makes an enormous jump. It’s really kind of out of my control. It’s an issue that these guys are used to dealing with.”

- Flacco said he was building a good relationship with first-year offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.

“In the beginning, it was getting to know each other, and obviously getting used to his way of doing things, and him kind of feeling me out,”Flacco said. “But about halfway through the year, I felt like…started to get to that point where we understood each other a little bit, and we started to move along pretty smoothly.”

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?