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Former Ravens guard Cook dies at age 36

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Former Ravens guard Cook dies at age 36

Damion Cook, a former NFL guard who had two different stints with the Ravens, died Friday at the age of 36. According to several reports, the cause of death was a heart attack.

Cook signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2001 out of Bethune-Cookman. He spent the 2001 season with the Bears after the Ravens released him, but Cook rejoined the Ravens from 2002-2004. Cook also spent time with the Dolphins, Browns, and Lions, appearing in 26 games and making 10 starts during his NFL career.

Ravens fans may remember Cook from his appearance on Hard Knocks, doing an impression of the Ray Lewis dance.

A few of Cook’s former teammates paid tribute to him via social media, including Maurice Clarett, who played with Cook with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

“I played with him in Omaha for two years,” Clarett wrote on Instagram.

Just got word my main man Damion Cook passed on today from a heart attack. I'm not posting this for sympathy. Im posting it to let other brothers who may have played ball with him as well know. I played with him in Omaha for 2 years. I talked to him daily out there. The brother blocked for me and gave me a ride to the football facility often when I didn't have a car. More important than that he always talked about the lord 24/7. Played gospel music constantly and always praised his wife and kids. Very crazy to hear the news. Still hasn't hit me yet. Unbelievable to be real.

A photo posted by Maurice Clarett (@mauriceclarett) on Jun 26, 2015 at 2:53pm PDT

“I talked to him daily out there. The brother blocked for me and gave me a ride to the football facility often when I didn’t have a car. More important than that he always talked about the lord, 24/7. Played gospel music constantly and always praised his wife and kids. Very crazy to hear the news. Still hasn’t hit me yet. Unbelievable to be real.”

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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