Defensive backDanny Gorrer learned a hard truth on Monday: Just because he made the Ravens'53-man roster on Friday didn't necessarily mean he would be suiting up for theRavens in Week 1.The Ravens signedformer Patriots safety James Ihedigbo on Sunday and needed to make amove to make room for Ihedigbo on the 53-man roster. Turnsout, Ihedigbo took the spot of Gorrer, who was released by the Ravens onMonday. That's happeningacross the league as teams comb the waiver wire to sift through each team'sfinal cuts. When a player is signed, someone else has to go; Graham Gano thought he had won the Redskins kicking job, but when Billy Cundiff was let go by the Ravens, the Redskins signed him and booted Gano."You know in this league it is very fluid nothing is certain," Ravens coach John Harbaugh had said on Friday. "Once you get past the first eek, you go to the second week, and you see where were at.Gorrer played in11 games for the Ravens last season, primarily on special teams, and had beenviewed as being on the roster bubble when the 53-man roster was set. Gorrerbroke into the NFL with the Rams, playing three games for them in 2009, andthen spent the 2010 season on the Ravens practice squad. He started last seasonon the Ravens practice squad again before being moved to the active roster."Woke up witthe biggest smile on my face... Im still a Raven Blessed," Gorrer hadtweeted Saturday morning.But a little morethan 48 hours, that had changed completely."Damn it'sfunny how things in this business works out," he tweeted Monday, "butman like I said God has a plan for us all."Safety BernardPollard said, "Its tough. Danny is my boy, but this is the business sideof it. Anytime you think things are going well, things can change. We cantcontrol it. One thing Ive always been told from when I got in thisleague is you can control the controllables, and thats one thing thats outof our hands.In other Ravensroster news:--- Several mediareports have indicated that the Ravens will complete their eight-man practicesquad by adding quarterback Dennis Dixon, linebacker Adrian Hamilton and safetyAnthony Levine. The Ravens signed five players to the practice squad onSaturday -- running back Anthony Allen, safety Omar Brown, linebacker JoshBynes, offensive lineman Jack Cornell and offensive lineman Antoine McClain.--- Nose tackleIshmaa'ily Kitchen, cut by the Ravens onFriday, was claimed off waivers by the Browns. The rookie free agent from KentState had six tackles and a sack in the preseason for the Ravens.--- Former Ravensdefensive tackle Dwan Edwards, cut by the Bills on Friday, has been signed bythe Panthers.
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.
Ravens giving WR Michael Crabtree a three-year, $21 million deal, including $15 million in first two years and $11 million guaranteed ($7M signing bonus), per source. Deal could be worth up to $20 million in first two years.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
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.
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.
WR Ryan Grant, who reached agreement with Baltimore on a $29 million deal, failed his physical and his Ravens deal is null and void, per sources. Grant will have to find another deal with another team willing to pass him on his physical.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
Baltimore failed former Washington WR Ryan Grant on his physical over an ankle injury that dated back to the Redskins' final regular-season game, per source. Grant's time in Baltimore is over before it began. He remains a free agent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over.
Newsome: "I did not get the results of Ryan's physical until about 4 o clock yesterday." Said team consulted with many doctors around the country. "It's not a football decision. It's a medical decision that I had no control over."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 16, 2018
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.
Former Raiders' WR Michael Crabtree is scheduled to visit Friday with the Baltimore Ravens, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2018
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?
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