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Rice is ready


Rice is ready

Ray Rice talked to the media on Wednesday for the first time since signing a new contract and made a bunch of things very clear.
The running back was, of course, delighted to get his new five-year, 40 million deal. Hes also planning on staying with the Ravens for a very long time and is hoping for big things from the 2012 team maybe even having the chance to get a new ring.
But the contract lets him stay here, something which clearly made Rice very happy. He likes the Ravens and wants to remain one for a very long time.
It feels good, Rice said. Essentially, hopefully, I want to retire a Raven. Thats what it all boils down to.
Rice is probably the biggest threat the Ravens have on offense. Last year, Rice ran for a career-high 1,364 yards plus a career-best 12 touchdowns. But he also caught a team-best 76 passes for 704 yards with three touchdowns.
He was quarterback Joe Flaccos go-to guy more often than not and finished with 2,068 yards of total offense-- tops in the NFL and good enough to make the Pro Bowl.
Rice, now starting his fifth year, has developed into a multi-dimensional offensive threat for the Ravens. That versatility is something which probably helped him during his recent contract negotiations, a fact that he admitted when talking to the media.
But Rice isnt a big stats guy. Hes a team-first person. Rice knows he helps the Ravens with his numbers, and he is more interested in helping push the team to greater success overall.
Now, we can go ahead and chase this championship, he said. Ive always been a team-oriented guy. Whenever its time to work, its time to work.
Rice missed the off-season work the Ravens did while his long-term deal was being negotiated. But he said training camp is the time to work, and hes ready to do that.
Rice said it was tough being away, but he worked hard to keep himself in shape and be ready to go when camp started. He wants to be a running back who can continue to help the Ravens running and catching.
But the one stat he's most interested in is wins. Rice wants the team to get as many as possible.
The personal goals would be great, but my overall goal would be to win, Rice said. Its even greater to win. Thats what were all about. Weve got a great team.

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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?