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Former Raven says popular movie hurt his career


Former Raven says popular movie hurt his career

Six years after the movie “The Blind Side” made Michael Oher a household name, he remains disenchanted by the film’s impact on his NFL career.

Oher, the ex-Ravens offensive tackle, got into a scuffle with Panthers teammate Kony Ealy during Wednesday’s minicamp practice. Afterward, Oher said he has been scrutinized during his entire NFL career due to the 2009 movie that depicted his life story. Actress Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for playing the role of Leigh Ann Touhy, a Memphis mother who adopted Oher, together with her husband, when Oher was in high school. The movie grossed more than $300 million, but Oher said it has been a burden during his career.

“People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie,” Oher told reporters Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much because of something off the field. This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not…that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like the movie.

“That’s taken away from my football. That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.

“Offensive linemen don’t get looked at. Nobody is paying attention to the offensive line. But me? I’m getting watched for everything. I know what type of player I am. Everybody else that I know knows what kind of player I am. So that kind of stuff doesn’t worry me.”

Oher spent five seasons with the Ravens (2009-13) after being their first-round pick in 2009, No. 23 overall. However, while Oher was a starting right tackle on the Ravens’ last Super Bowl team, he never became the Pro Bowl tackle the Ravens hoped he would. He was not re-signed following the 2013 season, and he was a disappointment with the Titans in 2014, lasting just one season after signing a four-year, $20 million deal.

The Panthers signed Oher to a two-year, $7 million deal in March, hoping he will become their starting left tackle. Oher is at a career crossroads, but his opinion about “The Blind Side” is clear. It’s not No. 1 on his playlist.



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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?