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Plenty for brass to discuss at Bisciotti's house


Plenty for brass to discuss at Bisciotti's house

The Ravens’ decision-makers will be meeting at owner Steve Bisciotti’s home in Jupiter, Fla. this weekend to plot offseason strategy. Here are three topics of conversation that Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and others will be discussing:

1. Reworking quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract

Unless Flacco $28.55 million cap number for next season is reduced, it will be a deterrent to the Ravens' offseason financial flexibility. Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, are willing to talk, but it's a negotiation and things could get tricky. The faster this matter is resolved, the better for the Ravens.

2. A game plan for free agency

The biggest uncertainty heading into free agency for the Ravens surrounds offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, who switched from left guard to left tackle late in the season after Eugene Monroe’s injury. Will the Ravens make a strong push to re-sign Osemele, who has even more leverage after showing his ability to play left tackle? Kicker Justin Tucker is also a free agent, but if the Ravens can’t sign him to a long-term deal, they can use the franchise tag to keep him. Free agent linebacker Courtney Upshaw looks destined to be headed elsewhere.

3. A game plan for the draft

Holding the No.6 pick in the draft, the Ravens have plenty of needs - among them pass rusher, cornerback, wide receiver, safety. What happens during free agency, especially at left tackle, will influence the Ravens’ draft approach. However, this is the Ravens’ most important draft in years, coming off a 5-11 season. They need more talent, and they need to get younger and faster.

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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?