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Ed Reed's retirement press conference full of poignant moments


Ed Reed's retirement press conference full of poignant moments

OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens president Dick Cass said that Ed Reed would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Nov. 22, when they host the Rams. Here are some of the most poignant comments from Reed’s retirement press conference on Thursday.

From general manager Ozzie Newsome – “Whenever we knew it was time for a play to be made, we would all say, ‘It’s Ed Reed’s time.”’

From Cass – “We all know Ed was a great football player, but I think what some may not appreciate is what a great community leader he was in Baltimore.”

Coach John Harbaugh said he would never forget Reed taking the coach’s front seat on the bus after winning Super Bowl XLVII. “On the bus ride from the Superdome back to the hotel after the game, after all the celebration, Ed took my seat,” Harbaugh said.  He said, “Coach I got the seat tonight. ‘I said, you earned it.’ So I sat across from him.”

Reed often gambled on defense, but he and former teammate Ray Lewis studied film for countless hours, allowing them to rarely be out of position.

“If you don’t put that study in, you’re really going in unprepared,” Reed said.  “Coaches are going to give you everything that they see from their perspective. You got to get it from your perspective and put those two things together.

I can remember studying and staying by Ray’s house. The countless hours of working out. To this day, we still talk. Ray made my job easy. Playing with him was like no other. I’m honored to say that I played with him.”

Reed, who made the Pro Bowl nine times at safety, shared his thoughts about the possibility of making the Hall of Fame.

“One day,” Reed said. “One day I guess I’ll be there. When I go, everybody who was my teammates, who helped me to make those plays, my mentors, they go with me.”

I asked Reed which quarterbacks he found toughest to face.

“Philip Rivers was always tough to go against,” Reed said. “Tom Brady, he’s always a tough one, him and Peyton (Manning). Every quarterback in Cleveland I loved,” Reed said smiling. “Cincinnati, too. Pittsburgh was always tough to play against Ben Roethlisberger up there. He was not always in the pocket. You had to be a little bit more disciplined.”

Reed still looked fit enough to play, but said he knew it was time to retire. He signed a one-day contract Thursday so that he could officially retire as a Raven. 

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver 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 Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on 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 wide receiver 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.