With actual football or at least the preseason version of it being played, were not hearing nearly so much about progress on Joe Flaccos new contract. From one corner, the opinion is we wont be hearing about one anytime soon.
At Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio writes that Flacco wont have a new deal before the Ravens begin the regular season. Asked if there had been any recent movement, the quarterbacks agent, Joe Linta, told PFT: Not really. Joe is happy playing it out.
Linta added, however, that hed still talk to the Ravens at any time.
It could be this wait-and-see will end up costing the Ravens more money. Not that theyd be unhappy to see their quarterback enjoy more success, but if the offense uses the no-huddle mode weve seen in preseason, its entirely possible Flacco will put up better numbers this season than he has before. And if Flacco ranks near the top among quarterbacks statistically on top of helping take the team to the playoffs in each of his four NFL seasons hell rate a contract with plenty of zeroes.
Flaccos deal pays him 6.76 million this season. For him to reach top five status, which Linta has said he deserves, that would more than double.
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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