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AFC North: Will Browns be next for Kaepernick?


AFC North: Will Browns be next for Kaepernick?

Will Colin Kaepernick be a quarterback the Ravens face twice next season?

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns, who are discussing a possible trade with the 49ers to acquire Kaepernick. New Browns coach Hue Jackson had success working with Andy Dalton as the Bengals offensive coordinator, and Kaepernick is trying to revive his career after struggling last season in San Francisco.

Kaepernick had his best game of the season against the Ravens in October, completing 16 of 27 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns, helping the 49ers to a 25-20 win. That was the high point of Kaepernick’s season, and not even a month later, he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert.

The Ravens got the best of Kaepernick when it counted most three years ago in Super Bowl XLVII, winning 34-31. But Kaepernick had a good Super Bowl and sparked a second-half rally that fell just short, completing 16 of 28 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown, and rushing for 62 yards and another touchdown.

It has been a while since Kaepernick has played with that kind of swagger, or results. But the Jets and Broncos are also reportedly interested in Kaepernick, which shows you how thin the quarterback market is.

The Browns, who hold the No. 2 pick, must decide if Kaepernick is a quarterback who can help them short-term if they draft a young quarterback or long-term if they don’t. But if the Browns acquire Kaepernick, the Ravens will cross paths with him again.

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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?