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AFC North: Steelers LB Harrison still mulls future


AFC North: Steelers LB Harrison still mulls future

Steelers linebacker James Harrison made it clear Tuesday that he is still uncertain whether he will retire, or play another season. Making Harrison’s decision tougher is that one of his sons wants him to retire, while another son wants him to play. Harrison, who turns 38 years old in May, is preparing to travel to Arizona where he does his offseason training.

“I haven’t decided to come back and play, I’ve decided to go out to Arizona on the 13th and see if I can get back to where I need to be, and I’m able to be 100 percent and give my team, the organization, full effort,” Harrison said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “If I can’t do that when I come back at the end of April, then I’ll retire and I’ll walk away. If I can, I’ll continue. I’ll let those six weeks decide what happens.

“One of my boys really wants me to play, and my other really doesn’t. It’s not that he doesn’t like football. He knows I’m going to be gone for awhile, and I don’t think he’s willing to sacrifice that much longer. If they both had said no, this wouldn’t be a discussion. It’d be done. But we’re going to work through some things, we’re going to try to get them out there (in Arizona) more with me than I have in previous years. If everything works out for the best, I’ll be back playing. If I can’t get back to where I need to be, then I’ll walk away.”

Asked what he still wants to accomplish, Harrison said, “I want to get another Super Bowl. That’s about it. That’s the only thing I want, walk off with that grand slam homerun so to speak.”

Regardless of Harrison’s decision, the Steelers, holding the 25th pick in the draft, seem most likely to go defense in the first round, and may target their secondary. Cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Eli Apple of Ohio St., and Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech could all be possible first-round targets.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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?