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Free agent RB Richardson still in Ravens' plans


Free agent RB Richardson still in Ravens' plans

The Ravens still plan to sign running back Trent Richardson, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Tuesday at the NFL meetings. Harbaugh wants Richardson to continue getting in better shape, but believes he will be part of the Ravens’ offseason activities.

“I’m planning on Trent being a Raven right now,” Harbaugh told reporters in Boca Raton, Fla., via the team’s website. “We have an unofficial agreement with Trent. Hopefully, no one will come in and swoop him away from us.”


Harbaugh said both he and general manager Ozzie Newsome had been keeping close tabs on Richardson’s training.

“It’s in Trent’s court,” Harbaugh said. “Ozzie (Newsome) and Trent have talked a lot. I text with Trent all the time. He’s keeping me posted on his training. I’m kind of excited about it. Talking on the phone, I really liked him. He’s a high-caliber, high-draft pick guy and it seems like he’s really motivated. Wants to do well.”

Richardson’s career plummeted quickly after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Browns. He was traded by the Browns to the Colts after just one season, and later was released by both the Colts and Raiders.

Richardson didn’t play in the NFL last season, despite being just 25 years old. However, the Ravens can take a low-risk chance on Richardson, because they are deep at running back with Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Terrance West. The Ravens want to see what Richardson still has left, after his stellar college career at Alabama, when he rushed for 3,243 yards and 35 touchdowns in three seasons.

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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.


“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.