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Former Raven hid in bathroom to escape signing with Browns


Former Raven hid in bathroom to escape signing with Browns

Bart Scott spent his 11-year NFL career playing linebacker for the Ravens and Jets, but came thisclose to joining the Browns in between. 

A bathroom door spared him that fate. 

Cleveland sympathizers, stop reading here. Baltimore fans are going to love this. 

Scott told the story of his brush with the Browns on the Simms & Lefkoe Podcast Thursday. 

Coming off a breakout season for the Ravens in 2005, Scott was looking for a new deal. He traveled to Berea, Ohio, to tour the Browns' facility and sign a contract.

An unimpressed Scott found himself in a pinch when then-coach Romeo Crennel asked if he was ready to join the team. Then, in the nick of time, his agent called; the Ravens were offering him an extension.

Scott excused himself and hid in the bathroom, where he got on the phone with his agent and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. They worked out a deal on the spot. 

How the conversations went down, according to Scott:

"I went to the bathroom, [the Ravens] said, 'Get the hell out of there, we'll give you a deal.' I said, 'Thank you, Jesus!' ... I was visiting the Browns, and Ozzie [Newsome] called me up. My agent was like, ... 'Can you get the hell out of there?' I said, 'Hells yeah.' I went to the bathroom, and Romeo Crennel -- have you ever heard Romeo Crennel talk? He sounds like Kermit -- 'Hey Bart, you think you can come here?' So I hid in the bathroom. Ozzie agreed. My agent said, 'We good to go.' I said, 'Thank you guys very much, thank you all for coming out. Good night, God bless.'"

He said the Browns were confused about the sudden reversal, but he "gave them the deuces" and left. 

Here's video of Scott retelling the story:

Of note: Cleveland had offered him a five-year deal worth more than the $13.5 million, three-year extension he signed with Baltimore, according to BaltimoreBeatDown.com

It's been another demoralizing season for the Browns, who are 2-14 since November 23, 2014. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was named the starter over Josh McCown during the bye week, but was demoted to third string days later as pictures of him partying emerged. Manziel spent time in rehab earlier this year.

To make matters worse, McCown broke his collarbone against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Backup Austin Davis still managed to get the team in position for a game-winning field goal ... only to have the kick blocked and returned for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.

Ravens win. Browns lose, again. 

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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.

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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?