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Lewis, Reed probably won't end like Favre


Lewis, Reed probably won't end like Favre

If you remember, one of the interesting questions that kept popping up towards the end of last season was whether or not Ray Lewis would return.
In fact, that was one of the first questions Lewis put to rest when meeting with the media after the loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game last winter. He made it clear he'd be back in 2012.
The Ed Reed drama, well, that was quite another story.
But it appears that both Lewis and Reed will both be back to lead the Raven defense in 2012.

However, its still interesting to think about how they will end their playing careers. Its probably a safe bet that they wont finish like Brett Favre did-- when he finally finished.
Favre made himself look kind of silly with his retiringcoming backquittingcoming back antics. He wound up kind of forcing himself from the Packets to the Jets to the Vikings and then really slowing down in his final year with Minnesota.
But theres finally no question hes done now, and Favre took a new job. His agent, Bus Cook, said a few days ago that Favre is apparently going to be the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High Schools football team in Mississippi, which is near where his family lives.
Favre apparently works out with players from that team during the off-season. This is going to be his second year away from the NFL after a 20-year career there.
Cook said taking this job would give Favre something to do, and apparently it will have to be approved in the coming days.
My feeling, though, is you wont see Lewis and Reed end their careers the way Favre did. Theyll probably decide that their games are over and walk away. Favre just couldnt seem to do that, for whatever reason.

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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?