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J. Michael Falgoust joins CSN as Ravens Insider


J. Michael Falgoust joins CSN as Ravens Insider

Bethesda, Md. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has named veteran sports reporter and editor J. Michael Falgoust as Ravens Insider. In this position, the former USA Today beat writer will lead coverage of the Baltimore Ravens for CSNbaltimore.com and contribute to CSN's news and game-day programs.

Falgoust, who has more than 20 years of experience covering sports for newspapers and magazines, will provide daily Ravens news, analysis and features to CSNbaltimore.com, including the RavensTalk blog, and across the networks mobile and social media platforms. He will also make regular appearances on Geico SportsNet Central, the networks daily news program, and contribute to Ravens Kickoff and Ravens Postgame Live.

Over the past two decades covering sports, J. Michael has gained an incredible amount of knowledge and distinguished himself as an excellent beat reporter, said Comcast SportsNet Vice President of Digital Media Mark Lapidus. His addition enables our network to continue to deliver the most comprehensive Ravens coverage across multiple platforms.

Falgoust (@JMichaelCSN) joins the network after 12 years as a sports writer and editor with USA Today, most recently serving as the newspapers NBA beat reporter for four years. Prior to that, he spent nearly six years with the Orlando Sentinel, where he served in a variety of positions, including assistant sports editor from 1998 to 2000. He was also a regular contributor to Ring Magazine from 1995 to 2004, covering the sport of boxing. A graduate of North Carolina Central University, Falgoust began his career as a sports reporter for the Lenoir News-Topic in North Carolina.

Falgoust is the latest addition to Comcast SportsNets rapidly growing digital media department, which operates two regional sports websites, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, and a portfolio of mobile and social media platforms. These outlets feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from several prominent sports writers, including Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins Blogger Rich Tandler, Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley and Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, as well as a stable of digital media reporters and producers.

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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?