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Re-signing Wright made sense for both sides


Re-signing Wright made sense for both sides

OWINGS MILLS -- Shareece Wright’s Ravens career did not begin well, torched by the San Francisco 49ers just days after signing with the Ravens. Wright’s Ravens career, though, has only gotten better since, and on Monday the cornerback signed a new three-year deal with the Ravens worth a reported $16 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

“I couldn’t ask for anything else,” Wright said about the prospect of returning to the Ravens, a team he joined in midseason after requesting his release from the 49ers.

Wright figures to enter camp as the starting cornerback opposite his high school teammate and best friend, Jimmy Smith. Even if the Ravens draft a potential plug-and-play corner with their No. 6 overall draft pick, Wright gives the secondary a veteran presence to ease the transition for any young draft picks.

Wright was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, but he said he had no interest in exploring the free agent marketplace as long as he and the Ravens could reach a suitable agreement.

“It’s more than the money,” said Wright, who said he has been a fan of the Ravens organization ever since attending the Ravens Super Bowl victory party in New Orleans as Smith’s guest.

Wright, who turns 29 in April, was originally a third-round draft pick of the Chargers in 2011. He played four seasons with the Chargers, then was with the 49ers this past fall before being cut in October. The Ravens signed him three days later, and he made his Ravens debut against the 49ers. It did not go well, with Torrey Smith blowing by him for a 76-yard touchdown, one of two he gave up.

From then on, though, Wright had a solid year for the Ravens. The Ravens essentially gave up on Lardarius Webb and Kyle Arrington as starters on the outside, so Wright took over as a starter at one corner spot, opposite Smith. Wright finished with 40 tackles and five passes defensed.

““He was probably the most consistent, or one of the most consistent, players that we had on defense especially the second half of the year,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.

“I am so excited to have him back,” Pees added. “It helps us on our defensive scheme just tremendously to have him back.” Pees also related how Wright, a couple of weeks after the 49ers debacle, got up in front of his new team and vowed that those mistakes would not happen again.

“That game wasn’t who I was,” Wright said recalling the incident, “and I just wanted to let my team know who I am and what I stand for as a football player … and how serious I take this job.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Wright “stepped in here and became a Raven almost immediately.”

“He’s what we’re all about. Nobody works harder. Nobody’s more dedicated to his craft. Nobody spends more time watching tape … Paying attention to detail and technique. He does that as well as any corner I’ve been around,” Harbaugh added.

“As he got acclimated and accustomed to the way we play, he made our defense better.”

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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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.

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

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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?