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Report: Ravens to re-sign LB McClellan

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Report: Ravens to re-sign LB McClellan

The Ravens are re-signing veteran linebacker and special teams standout Albert McClellan to a multi-year deal, according to the Baltimore Sun.

McClellan, who has been with the Ravens since 2010, was set to become a free agent next week.

The Ravens have not officially announced any deal.

McClellan, 29, is highly valued by Ravens coaches for his versatility -- he's shown the ability to play both inside and outside linebacker and has been one of the Ravens top special teams players for years.

This season, McClellan finished with 11 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery on defense and also had six special teams tackles. He led the team in special teams tackles in 2011 (12), 2013 (12) and 2014 (13).

McClellan was originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted rookie out of Marshall in 2010. He spent that season on the Ravens practice squad before making the 53-man roster in 2011. Only five current Ravens have longer tenure with the Ravens.

McClellan was one of 11 Ravens who were set to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins next week. Another,  kicker Justin Tucker, was given the franchise tag, so he's off the market as well.

The remaining pending Ravens unrestricted free agents include linebacker Chris Carter, quarterback Jimmy Clausen, long snapperMorgan Cox, wide receiver Chris Givens, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, tight end Allen Reisner, quarterback Matt Schaub, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and cornerback Shareece Wright.

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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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