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Wentz rising stock could add value to Ravens' pick


Wentz rising stock could add value to Ravens' pick

If the draft stock of North Dakota St. quarterback Carson Wentz continues to rise, it could create more leverage for the Ravens with the No. 6 pick.

The top three quarterback prospects in the draft are Jared Goff of Cal, Paxton Lynch of Memphis, and Wentz. The Browns need a starting quarterback and are expected to take one with the second pick. The Cowboys are picking No. 4, and could take a quarterback to become the eventual successor to Tony Romo.

If two quarterbacks are gone by the time the Ravens pick at No. 6, teams needing a quarterback could make the Ravens an attractive trade offer. Wentz had a strong week of practice leading up to Saturday’s Senior Bowl, and has clearly elevated himself into the conversation of quarterback-needy teams like the Browns.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is highly-impressed with Wentz’s skill set at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds.

“Highly athletic, this kid’s got a hose – he can throw it anywhere,” Mayock said of Wentz on NFL Network. “Makes every throw…Remember, he’s a non-division 1A quarterback. The last time we had a non 1A-quarterback in the first round was Joe Flacco in 2008. That worked out pretty well for the Baltimore Ravens.”

Quarterback-needy teams have been known to reach in the draft, and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has traded down before. Teams holding a high pick like the Ravens won’t be upset if Wentz’s stock keeps ascending.

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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?