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Flacco: 'I don't see myself getting any cheaper'

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Flacco: 'I don't see myself getting any cheaper'

This is quarterback Joe Flacco's message to the Ravens: Pay now or pay later, but the bottom line is he will get paid. A lot.

Talking to Flacco's agent, Joe Linta earlier this week, he stopped short of admitting that as the season goes on -- thanks to the no-huddle offense -- the price-tag for re-signing the quarterback would keep growing.

But in an interview with NFL.com's Total Access, Flacco said exactly that.

"I'm not worried about my contract. That's exactly why," said Flacco, in the final year of a five-year deal that pays him just under 7 million this season. "As time goes by, I don't see myself getting any cheaper so we'll see how that goes."

That's a lot of confidence from Flacco, who everyone contends is more assertive and vocal and has an even greater say in the offensive scheme of coordinator Cam Cameron. He opened in a 44-13 blowout vs. the Cincinnati Bengals by passing 21-for-29 for 299 yards and two touchdowns.

Solid numbers, indeed, but hardly exceptional. His yards were 10th best on opening day and the Bengals, although a playoff team themselves, were winless against playoff teams last season. He also had several poor throws that could've changed the tone of the game in the first half had they been intercepted.

Flacco, however, had a 128.4 passer rating, which was better than Drew Brees (Saints), Tom Brady (Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (Packers). He was named the AFC offensive player of he week.

He goes on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. If he can replicate what he did a week ago, then maybe he's onto something.

A lot can change over the course of a 16-game season. Linta still is waiting to get a phone call from Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to get talks underway.

The Ravens don't appear to be in a rush, though they'll likely come to an agreement before the season is complete. Neither is Flacco.

But the hurry-up could get everyone to the table faster.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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