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Chiefs CB celebrates pick-six vs. Ravens with Lewis dance


Chiefs CB celebrates pick-six vs. Ravens with Lewis dance

Ray Lewis is still getting respect from opponents at M&T Bank Stadium, even though the Ravens’ defense isn’t playing up to Lewis’ standards.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters became the latest NFL player to do Lewis’ dance while celebrating a touchdown. After Peters returned a pick-six 90 yards Sunday during the Chiefs’ 34-14 victory over the Ravens, Peters broke into the Lewis dance in the end zone, to honor the former Ravens linebacker whose statue sits outside the stadium.

“Playing in Ray Lewis’ house, he was here for a long time, and he did a very good job, so that’s an honor and a salute to Ray Lewis,” Peters said after the game. “I knew if I got a pick I was going to do it regardless. It just helps that it was a pick-six.”

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also did the Lewis dance after scoring on Monday Night Football last week.


Peters’ pick-six was another reminder of how opportunistic the Chiefs’ defense is, and how badly the Ravens need to improve in that department next season. The Chiefs (9-5) had two interceptions Sunday, plus a fumble recovery that cornerback Tyvon Branch returned 73 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs are +15 in the takeaway-giveaway department, second in the NFL behind the undefeated Panthers, who are +19.

Meanwhile, the Ravens are -15 in plus-minus turnovers, worse than every team in the NFL except the Cowboys (-18).

Consider this. Peters has seven interceptions this season. The Ravens’ entire defense has four interceptions.

Ironically, the Ravens were considering Peters in last year’s draft, but the Chiefs took him with the 18th pick, before the Ravens took wide receiver Breshad Perriman at No. 26. Peters has a chance to be the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Perriman has yet to play a snap for the Ravens, after a season-ending knee injury suffered on the first day of training camp.

That was just another situation that didn’t go well for the Ravens this year. So while Peters was doing the Lewis dance Sunday, the Ravens (4-10) were absorbing another defeat.

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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?