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Arrington focused on Ravens, not Deflategate


Arrington focused on Ravens, not Deflategate

OWINGS MILLS – There was only one subject that new Ravens cornerback Kyle Arrington was not eager to talk about Thursday. You guessed it – Deflategate. Now that Arrington is no longer with the Patriots, Tom Brady’s suspension and the Patriots’ punishment are no longer Arrington’s concern.

“Whatever situation they're dealing with up there, that’s really between them and, I guess, the commissioner,” Arrington said Thursday at his introductory press conference.

Arrington signed a three-year contract that is worth around $2.5 million per season, an NFL source told CSN Baltimore. At age 28, Arrington gives the Ravens an important addition – quality depth at the cornerback position. He figures to be the Ravens’ nickel cornerback, and if anything happens to either Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, Arrington has the ability to start and play well.

“Kyle really is, I think, a great get for us,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “I think his experience having played in really, really big games, and the biggest game is of great value to us. This isn’t a guy that’s coming in here with little experience. He has a lot of experience, a lot of starts.”

Joining the Ravens is an added bonus for Arrington, a Maryland native who went to Gwynn Park High School. His family is thrilled to have him back close to home.

“My dad turned the big 6-0, so we already had plans to be out celebrating his birthday yesterday at dinner,” Arrington said. “To officially get the word as we were heading towards dinner, we had a few things to celebrate. Like I said, (my) phone was blowing up. Family and friends – everybody is excited.”

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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?