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Harbaugh grants penalty pardon for Dumervil, but not another


Harbaugh grants penalty pardon for Dumervil, but not another

OWINGS MILLS – John Harbaugh had plenty to be unhappy about after another defeat, including two senseless penalties committed by cornerback Asa Jackson.

The Ravens committed nine penalties for 121 yards during Sunday’s 22-20 loss to the Jaguars. Elvis Dumervil’s facemask penalty that set up the game-winning field goal got the most attention, but at least Dumervil was hustling and in the process of trying to make a game-ending sack. 

Harbaugh was forgiving of Dumervil. The Ravens’ coach was not forgiving of Jackson, who committed two personal fouls on special teams, and who has three personal fouls this season.

 Talking about penalties during his Monday press conference, Harbaugh never mentioned Jackson by name, but it was clear who he was referring to. Jackson was called for an illegal low block on a punt return, and for unnecessary roughness for blocking after the whistle.


“The penalties on special teams, as I go back and look at them, the two personal foul penalties, there’s no place for that,” Harbaugh said. “There’s absolutely no reason to leave your feet. I don’t care if you’re slipping or not. You might be slipping, but if you’re out of position to make the block, you don’t make that block. You certainly don’t throw yourself back into a guy’s legs on a return. It’s blatantly illegal.

“Then blocking a guy after the ball’s down and dead? That’s just foolish. That’s what we call a foolish penalty. And for one guy to have three personal foul penalties in a career, let alone a season, and two in a game, is unacceptable.”

Asked about Dumervil’s penalty, Harbaugh said, “He’s trying to make a play, he’s playing the play hard as the ball got snapped, and he caught the facemask. You can’t do it. It’s disappointing, he’s the first one to take responsibility for it. I think it’s an effort play, at the same time we got to be better than that in that situation. He’s one of our best players, he played a heck of a football game. I’m certainly not down on Elvis Dumervil by any stretch.”

The Ravens (2-7) are not good enough to overcome some of the penalties they have committed. That message was delivered by Harbaugh to Jackson.

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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?