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Ravens don't offer tenders to Trawick, M.Brown

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Ravens don't offer tenders to Trawick, M.Brown

The Ravens chose not to extend tenders to restricted free agents Marlon Brown and Brynden Trawick by Wednesday's deadline, thus making them free agents.

A low-round tender to either player would have cost $1.67 million, a price the Ravens apparently were not willing to pay. It wouldn't be surprising to see Trawick brought back on a cheaper deal, as he has been one of the Ravens top special teams players. But Brown's days as a Raven might be done, which would be a disappointing end to a career that began with much promise but regressed badly over the past two seasons.

Trawick, 26, beat the odds and made the Ravens originally as an undrafted rookie out of Troy in 2013. He has spent three seasons as a reserve safety and key special teams player and led the team with nine special teams tackles this past season.

If he is re-signed, Trawick might have trouble finding any room at safety; Lardarius Webb's move to safety and Matt Elam's expected return from injury,  crowds a unit that was already returning starters Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis as well as Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine.

Brown's career has steadily regressed after bursting onto the scene in 2013 with 49 catches for 524 yards and seven touchdowns as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia.

But Brown never seemed to be on the same page with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in 2014, when Brown's production dropped dramatically (24-255, 0 TDs). This past season, it dropped further, as Brown had 14 catches for 112 yards.  He missed the final six games with a back injury, while other receivers such as Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown and Chris Matthews essentially passed him on the depth chart.

Brown had a hard enough time getting on the field with the Ravens patchwork group of receivers this past season; add the return of Steve Smith, Michael Campanaro and Breshad Perriman to the mix, and it's easy to see why the Ravens don't have room for Brown.

Brown, who turns 25 next month, has some nice plays on tape from 2013, but that seems like a long time ago.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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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