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Five free agents that Ravens won't be signing


Five free agents that Ravens won't be signing

As free agency approaches in March, the Ravens have plenty of needs, but also have a history of not spending wildly on the open market. Here are five free agents the Ravens could really use, but who won’t end up in Baltimore:

S Eric Berry, Chiefs 

His return to the NFL after battling cancer was one of the season’s great stories. But it might take a contract averaging around $10 million per season to sign Berry, who is still in his prime at age 27. The Ravens wouldn’t venture into the high-rent district to bid for Berry, even though he would clearly be their best safety since Ed Reed departed.

LT Cordy Glenn, Bills 

If the Ravens lose offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele in free agency, and decide they want to part with left tackle Eugene Monroe, Glenn could be a solid replacement. Only 27 years old, Glenn has been the Bills’ starting left tackle since his rookie season in 2012. However Monroe stills has three years remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million contract. Cutting Monroe would create $2.1 million in cap room, but it would also create $6.6 million in dead money. My guess is that Monroe returns, and that the Ravens hope he remains healthy following two injury-plagued seasons.

WR, Alshon Jeffery, Bears

He would solve the Ravens’ need for another playmaker, and Jeffery played for Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman when he was the Bears’ head coach. However, expect the Bears to use the franchise tag on Jeffery if they can’t sign him to a long-term deal.

OLB Von Miller, Broncos

Miller’s relentless pressure on Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game helped the Broncos reach the Super Bowl. Regardless off the outcome of Super Bowl 50, there’s no way Broncos honcho John Elway lets Miller free. He’s simply too valuable and the Broncos have the franchise tag option to use. The Broncos already lost one premier pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil, to the Ravens three years ago. History won’t repeat itself.

DE, Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants

Pierre-Paul was still trying to adjust last season, dealing with the impact of a hand injury suffered in a fireworks accident. Whether Pierre-Paul becomes one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers again remains to be seen. While it's not impossible that Pierre-Paul could be a Ravens target, the feeling around league circles is that the Giants, who also need pass rushers, will do what it takes to keep him.

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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?