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Bisciotti relying on Newsome, Harbaugh to right Ravens' ship


Bisciotti relying on Newsome, Harbaugh to right Ravens' ship

OWINGS MILLS – Saying he was “disappointed yeah, mad no,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti displayed continued faith Thursday in general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh , after the worst season in Harbaugh’s eight-year tenure.

Highlights of Thursday’s “State of the Ravens” press conference included:

-  Bisciotti said he did not see the talent gap widening between the Ravens and the two AFC North teams that made the playoffs, the Bengals and the Steelers.

“It’s a fair question,” Bisciiotti said. “They were asking that in Pittsburgh when they went 8-8 two years ago. Their drafts weren’t top notch, they had too many old players.

“I’m concerned about it, but when I look at their rosters, I don’t think there’s a huge talent difference.  I think Cincinnati is probably being touted as the class of our division. We get all our players back, I think we’ll close that gap. If we have a good draft, if we do well in free agency, I think we can compete with them. But yeah, that’s a stain, I think, Cincinnati beating  us as frequently as they have recently.” 

- Bisciotti preached continuity, pointing out that recent Super Bowl winners like the Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, and Saints all had head coaches in the midst of long tenures. 

- Newsome said the Ravens needed to add at least one wide receiver, if not two, between free agency and the draft. That makes it clear the Ravens are not banking on how well Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman recover from last year’s injuries.

- Newsome said restructuring Joe Flacco’s contract was a priority, but not a necessity. Flacco has a cap number of $28.55 million for next season.

“Hopefully if we are strategic enough, we can possibly put together a football team, and not necessarily redo Joe’s contract.”

- Harbaugh said both offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Dean Pees would return.

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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?