If the Ravens don’t re-sign offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, where will he wind up?
Osemele will be a coveted player in free agency, as a quality 26-year-old left guard who has also shown the ability to play left tackle. The Ravens would like to keep Osemele, but the price to re-sign him will likely be too steep. Using the franchise tag on Osemele, which would cost the Ravens at least $13 million, does not seem likely either.
Here are three teams that might lure Osemele with the kind of long-term deal he is seeking:
New Orleans is looking to strengthen its offensive line after letting veteran guard Jahri Evans go. Osemele is an excellent run blocker, and the Saints would like to run more to relieve pressure on their defense, and on quarterback Drew Brees.
Coach Pete Carroll told reporters after the season that improving Seattle’s offensive line would be a priority.
“We’re going to work really hard to build it up,” Carroll said of the offensive line. “For the course of the season, we weren’t consistent enough.”
Joining a contender like the Seahawks would likely appeal to Osemele, especially if they show him enough money.
They want to do a better job of protecting young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Osemele’s run blocking would also be an asset for running back Adrian Peterson.
Osemele is not going to have trouble finding interest. But to maximize his value, he will likely have to leave the Ravens.
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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.
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“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.”
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.
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