Despite posting an Instagram message thanking the Ravens’ fans and organization for his time in Baltimore, new Raiders offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele did deliver a parting shot. Speaking to Raiders reporters on a conference call, Osemele questioned the Ravens’ commitment to building an offensive line.
“Going through the (Raiders) roster, I kind of saw what everybody was saying, and the emphasis on building the offensive line, coming from a place where (it’s) not really appreciated, you know?” said Osemele. “Coming to a team where offensive line play is a focus and where it matters and they want to build that up, that was a big factor.”
You know what else was a factor? How about money? The Raiders paid Osemele handsomely, a five-year $58.5 million contract with $25.4 million guaranteed. The Ravens couldn’t compete with that, not in their salary cap situation. Osemele followed the money, and who can blame him?
Saying the Ravens aren’t committed to their offensive line doesn’t mesh with reality. They tried to re-sign Osemele. They re-signed guard Marshal Yanda to a four-year, $37.4 million extension last October. They signed left tackle Eugene Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal in October, a contract they would probably like to have back.
It was common knowledge that it would be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both Yanda and Osemele. That’s exactly how it played out. Yanda stayed. Osemele left. And now the Ravens must decide if they will keep Monroe or replace him at left tackle, and who will start at left guard next season.
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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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