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Flacco on new contract: It's all about winning football games

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Flacco on new contract: It's all about winning football games

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome knows how important quarterback play is in the NFL, and knows how vital Joe Flacco's play has been for Baltimore. With that in mind, the GM and coach John Harbaugh said working out a restructured deal with Flacco was paramount for the team.

"On his shoulders stand the success of this organization over the last eight years," Newsome said of Flacco. "His best football is still ahead of him."

Flacco, 31, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Ravens and taken the organization to the playoffs in six of those seasons. Obviously his best play came in 2012 when the Ravens won the Super Bowl, but Flacco has a significant track record of playoff success.

"When it comes down to it in this league it's all about winning football games," Flacco said of his reworked contract. "This gives us the best chance to move forward."

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Newsome, Harbaugh and Flacco all spoke at Wednesday's press conference and made clear that the Ravens organizational goal is to win at the highest levels.

"There's a commitment in this building to winning football games," Flacco said. "I just want to win another Super Bowl."

After their Super Bowl triumph in 2012, Flacco signed a mega-deal with Baltimore that some at the time thought would hinder the Ravens ability to sign other free agents. That impact can be argued either way, but coming off a major knee injury in 2016 and with the team stumbling badly last season, this seemed like the right time for the Ravens and Flacco to rework the contract.

"We did not do a deal to get cap room, we did a deal so Joe would be on this football team for the next six years," Newsome said. 

The GM, however, added that the contract maneuvering will create more room for free agents. "Is it going to be helpful? Yes."

Flacco acknowledged the need for the best possible team around him as well.

"I want to win football games," the quarterback said, repeating his main point like a presidenital candidate's stump speech. "You want to have a solid offensive line, a solid defensive line."

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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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