Starting today (May 13), NFL teams can sign free agents without it counting against the compensatory pick formula. The Ravens are considering some moves, particularly looking for players who could help their secondary.
“This is the time of year where because of the draft, teams start to tweak their rosters,” said Newsome, via the team’s website, speaking on a conference call with season ticket holders Tuesday night. “We’ll be on the lookout not just for additions to the secondary, but for any other good players that may get released over the course of the next three months.”
There has been wide speculation that the Ravens will explore signing free agent cornerback Kyle Arrington, who was cut Monday by the Patriots. Only 28 years old, Arrington has been an effective slot corner in the NFL. Arrington is likely to have several pursuers, so if the Ravens are going to sign him, they may have to act quickly.
While the Ravens hope that starting corners Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb can stay healthy next season, more depth at the position would make the Ravens less vulnerable to injury.
“We are still looking for defensive backs,” Harbaugh said during the same conference call. “There is no doubt about it. We want to add some competition in there. Ozzie is working on that right now. Ozzie has said, ‘We’re not finished there.’’
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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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