While the debate about Joe Flaccos status as an elite quarterback continues unabated, word comes that there has been no movement on a new contract for him since the season started.
The Ravens have not spoken with Flaccos agent, Joe Linta, regarding a deal since the end of training camp, Pro Football Talk reports.
Their choice not ours, Linta told PFT. Its no big deal to Joe well talk or not talk its up to owner Steve Bisciotti.
ESPNs Andrew Brandt, who has worked on both sides of NFL contracts as a club front-office executive and as an agent recently estimated Flaccos new deal could fall in the range of 40 million to 45 million guaranteed money over three years, with overall value as high as 55 million across the three years.
The franchise tag for quarterbacks next year which could come into play if the Ravens and Flacco are still talking heading into the 2013 season likely will be about 14.5 million, Brandt estimates.
Though coach John Harbaugh gave an emphatic Pay the man! after Flaccos Week 1 performance in the Ravens victory over the Bengals, it appears the Ravens are willing to take their time.
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.”
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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