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Ravens sign former Steelers star WR Mike Wallace


Ravens sign former Steelers star WR Mike Wallace

The Ravens have reached agreement with wide receiver Mike Wallace, a source confirmed, after the team announced Tuesday that Wallace was still in the building meeting with coach John Harbaugh. The deal is for two years, $11.5 million, allowing the Ravens to reach agreement with the speed receiver they have pursued the past week. 

Wallace’s name has been linked to the Ravens since free agency began, but the question was whether Wallace and the Ravens could agree to contract terms. Wallace’s speed is a dimension the Ravens’ offense can use. They struggled to throw deep with success last season, as rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed the entire season with a knee injury.

The 29-year-old Wallace is not the dynamic deep threat he was early in his career. His 39 catches last season with the Vikings tied a career low, and his for 473 yards and two touchdowns set career lows.

However, the Ravens believe a healthy Perriman, coupled with Wallace, will take pressure off wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., and provide a one-two deep punch similar to what Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones provided during the Ravens’ Super Bowl season in 2012.

Adding a wide receiver in the draft remains an option for the Ravens, but general manager Ozzie Newsome was looking for a veteran receiver more likely to contribute immediately. Wallace becomes the third veteran player Newsome has added in free agency, joining tight end Benjamin Watson and safety Eric Weddle.

[RELATED: Report: Ravens have interest in WR Harvin]

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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.


“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.