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Marchibroda made his mark in Baltimore sports

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Marchibroda made his mark in Baltimore sports

The day after Ted Marchibroda’s coaching career ended, he was in his office at the old Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills. After most coaches are fired, they walk away quietly. Marchibroda not only didn’t walk away, he wanted to talk to the press—individually.

In the interests of time, he was dissuaded from that and held a genial mass interview, his final one.

Marchibroda, who died on Saturday at 84, held a unique place in Baltimore sports history. He was the only man to coach the Colts and Ravens.

In fact, he coached the Colts twice, in Baltimore and in Indianapolis, and after his run in Indy ended, he replaced Bill Belichick, who was the final coach of the Cleveland Browns, as the Ravens first coach two decades ago.

Marchibroda bravely coached the undermanned Ravens in their first three seasons. It was understood that the team was in the rebuilding mode, and eager for another NFL run, Marchibroda took on the task.

The Ravens were just 16-31-1 from 1996-98, but he had some fun offenses to watch, especially in his first two years when Vinny Testaverde was his quarterback. Jim Harbaugh was his quarterback in his final year as he been for a few years in Indianapolis.

Marchibroda had notable associations with great quarterbacks. He also coached Bert Jones during his first stint in Baltimore when the Colts made the playoffs three straight years. As offensive coordinator in Buffalo, Marchibroda directed the potent offenses of Jim Kelly and the Bills made it to the first two of an unprecedented four straight Super Bowls.

After that last game in Baltimore, which was coincidentally Barry Sanders’ final one, too, Marchibroda worked as a color commentator for the Colts as he watched another great quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Marchibroda was a fine coach and a very nice man.

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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