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Harbaugh makes decision on Schaub after rough Sunday


Harbaugh makes decision on Schaub after rough Sunday

OWINGS MILLS - Jimmy Clausen could get more reps at quarterback in Ravens practice this week, but Matt Schaub is expected to start Sunday against the Seahawks.

That was the word Monday from coach John Harbaugh, who did not seem inclined to make a quarterback switch, despite Schaub’s four interceptions in two starts, including a pick-six in each game.

“Matt is the quarterback, Jimmy is the backup quarterback,” Harbaugh said Monday at hs press conference.

Harbaugh said Clausen would get increased reps when the Ravens returned to practice Wednesday because Schaub was still sore following Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. Schaub took a beating in the pocket, hitting his head hard once on the ground, and also falling hard on his shoulder. Harbaugh thought at least two Dolphins’ hits on Schaub should have been penalties.

“He took a shot directly to his knee on a forcible hit to his knee,” Harbaugh said. “He took a helmet-to-helmet shot at the end -- neither of which were called. Matt is tough. He deserves protection just like every other quarterback in this league.”

Asking Clausen to play against the red-hot Seahawks (7-5), who are riding a three-game winning streak, would be asking a lot. Clausen already had a shot against the Seahawks in Week 3 when he was with the Bears, and it did not go well. Starting in place of an injured Jay Cutler, Clausen completed nine of 17 passes for 63 yards, and the Bears were shutout by the Seahawks, 26-0.

The Ravens claimed Clausen off waivers Nov. 24, giving him limited time to grow comfortable with the offense.  So if Schaub is healthy enough to play Sunday, he will.

“Matt looks like he’s going to be able to play,” Harbaugh said. “He got bounced around pretty good in the game -- too much. We’ll see how he makes it through the week, but I think he’s going to be OK.”

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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?