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Looking at Goodell's decision, through the Ravens point of view


Looking at Goodell's decision, through the Ravens point of view

Thoughts on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension:

- It’s the Patriots’ turn to deal with a major training camp distraction

A year ago at this time, the Ravens entered camp dealing with the controversy surrounding former running back Ray Rice. Now the Patriots will have to deal with questions about Brady that they would rather not hear. You know coach Bill Belichick wanted Deflategate to be over by now. It’s not. Whenever Brady holds his next press conference, they’ll be a media swarm.

- Whatever happens with Brady is going to impact the AFC race.

If Brady misses four games, do you think the Patriots will finish with the best record in the AFC? I don’t. That would leave other contenders like the Ravens, Colts, Steelers, and Broncos with a better chance of landing the No. 1 seed.

If Brady takes the NFL to federal court and gets an injunction, he could still be on the field in Week 1 against the Steelers. However, if Brady gets an injunction, but eventually loses the case, his four-game suspension could be served later in the season. That could actually be more damaging to the Patriots. That’s something Brady will have to think about. He may ultimately decide not to gamble, and serve his four-game suspension starting Week 1 against the Steelers. But whatever happens, other AFC contenders will be watching with great interest.

- Whether you agree with Goodell’s decision or not, you shouldn’t be surprised he upheld the suspension.

Brady didn’t cooperate fully with the investigation. He wasn’t that convincing during his playoff press conference. And Goodell said that the cell phone, which league investigators wanted, was destroyed. Exactly what wiggle room did Brady leave Goodell?

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Brady’s agent, Don Yee, issued a statement Tuesday that blasted the Ted Wells report into “Deflategate”, and claimed that Brady cooperated fully.

“The appeal process was a sham,” Yee’s statement said in part. “As to the issue of cooperation, we presented the Commissioner with an unprecedented amount of electronic data, all of which is incontrovertible…Tom was completely transparent.”

Obviously, Goodell did not agree. So Deflategate continues.

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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?