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Rice reaction

Ray Rices last-minute deal was one of the major storylines of Franchise Tag Deadline Day, with more than one national pundit expressing surprise that a deal got done.

Here is some of the reaction from the national media to the Rice signing:

Adam Schefter, ESPN: He (Rice) decided he could not bypass the financial security that this deal provides. He is a running back in this league, and weve seen running backs get battered. When you get 17 million in year one, and 25 million in the first two years, and youre happy in Baltimore and you want to be on that Ravens team, theres no reason not to take the long-term deal.

Doug Farrar, Yahoo Sports: Rice has earned every bit of his new agreement. It's a crucial move for the Ravens, because Rice has grown into the fulcrum of their offense. It's not what was expected out of a "too short, too small" back selected in the late second round of the 2008 draft out of Rutgers. Rice had a chip on his shoulder from Day 1, and he proved as soon as he was able that he could do anything and everything expected of an elite NFL back.

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com: Rice got paid handsomely. The Ravens' running back will make 24 million in guaranteed money, which isn't "AP money" but should be just enough to squeak by on for the rest of your life. Rice would've landed more money on the open market, but he's also got plenty of miles on his odometer for a guy who's just 25. The Ravens and Rice have to love the fact that he'll get paid through age 29, which provides Rice a shot at landing another deal on the market and doesn't overcommit the Ravens."

Matt Williamson, ESPN.com: Rice might be the running back in the NFL that is most important to his franchise. My only real concern with the signing of Rice is the fact that he has logged 1,069 regular season touches (not to mention the playoffs) over the past three seasons. Although he has not missed a game in that time and has shown he can play through pain and doesnt turn 26 years old until January. While Rice appears as potent as ever, his smaller stature does give me some pause when considering his long-term effectiveness after so many recent touches.

But the reality is that Baltimore really had no choice in this matter. And I fear the Ravens window is closing very quickly, as stalwart Ravens such as Matt Birk, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are on their last legs -- not to mention Terrell Suggs injury situation, which is going to be very difficult to overcome. With Rice not in the fold, 2012 was going to be extremely difficult for Baltimore to stack up against the elite NFL franchises. This is a move that simply needed to be made by the Ravens.

Jason LaCanfora, CBS Sports.com: "Ray Rice and the Ravens weren't that close heading into the weekend, the realities of his position, with longevity concerns, helped spur a deal. With Joe Flacco in the last year of his deal, and only one tag to go around, the Ravens needed to get something down, and Rice takes the tradeoff of 25 million in the first two years of the deal while Baltimore gets lower salaries as he creeps toward age 30 (which actually should help keep Rice on the roster as the years and grind add on)."

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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?