Quick Links

Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through


Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman expressed confidence he would return healthy next season, and insisted his partially-torn PCL was not part of a chronic knee condition.

In his first extensive comments to the media in weeks, Perriman talked about the frustration and disappointment of being sidelined for his entire rookie season. The Ravens’ first-round pick was injured on the first day of camp, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week.

Here were some of Perriman’s most revealing comments during a Thursday media session:

  • Perriman said he didn’t think he would miss much time when the injury first occurred: “The doctors told me only a couple of days and I believed it. They looked into some more, and it turned out to be worse than everybody thought it was.”
  • Perriman admitted he suffered a setback warming up before the Ravens’ home opener against the Bengals on Sept. 27. Perriman pulled up in the end zone, ended his workout, limped off the field, and went to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama a few days later: “I was starting to feel a little better, and I kind of wanted to push myself to see how far I could go. I think I just overdid it a little too much. I felt the pop in my knee. I made it a little worse, they said. Dr. Andrews said that the tear became worse than what it was initially.”
  • Perriman was so depressed at one point, he was not returning his parents’ phone calls: “Just knowing I couldn’t be out there with my teammates was really hurting me. It’s been probably the hardest thing I’ve ever went through, honestly, just a huge disappointment. I don’t know how much I can help (the team), but I know that I can help somewhat. That’s been really the hardest thing for me…I kind of shut everyone out. I wasn’t talking to nobody. Finally, my parents kind of noticed it, because I wasn’t even picking up their calls. They came up here one weekend. They gave me words of encouragement.”
  • A few teammates, along with his parents, told Perriman to ignore the outside noise surrounding his injury: "They told me you got to tune it out, because they’ll be a lot of negative things said. After they gave me that great advice, I really didn’t pay attention to it.”
  • Perriman said he was not anticipating further surgery: "I think I’ll be fine now. It’s healing very well. I don’t think they’ll have to go back in. I think it’s coming along well.”
  • The last few months have made Perriman more determined to prove he can help the Ravens: "When next year comes along, when I finally get healthy, I’m going to be more hungrier than ever. Whenever I face adversity I just come back harder.”


Quick Links

Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

USA Today Sports Images

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.

Quick Links

Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

USA TODAY Sports Images

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?