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Which Ravens free agents will be back?

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Which Ravens free agents will be back?

The list of Ravens who are set to become unrestricted free agents next week has been reduced from 11 to nine this week -- kicker Justin Tucker was given the franchise tag, and linebacker Albert McClellan will be re-signed to a multiyear deal, according to the Baltimore Sun.

What is the likelihood that other pending free agents return to the team?

Here are the nine other unrestricted free agents who are set to hit the open market when the new league year begins March 9, along with our unofficial chances of them returning to the Ravens next season:

LB Chris Carter -- 10 percent

Depending on Terrell Suggs' recovery and the Ravens draft class, the Ravens still might need some depth at linebacker. If they do, and Carter is still looking for work this summer, he could get a call.

QB Jimmy Clausen - 20 percent

While Joe Flacco is on the mend this spring and summer, the Ravens need some arms for OTAs and camp. And if Flacco has any setback, Clausen is a known commodity for offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, but would be at best the No. 3 option behind Flacco and Ryan Mallett.

LS Morgan Cox -- 60 percent

Will the Pro Bowl price Morgan Cox out of Baltimore? The Ravens would like to bring back their long snapper and keep 'The Wolfpack' together. They won't overpay, but they shouldn't need to.

WR Chris Givens -- 15 percent

Assuming Breshad Perriman ever gets on the field, the value of Givens drops off. And the return of all those injured receivers (Perriman, Steve Smith Sr., Michael Campanaro, Darren Waller) doesn't leave much room for Givens. If injuries continue to dog Perriman, Givens has a chance.

G Kelechi Osemele -- 25 percent

This is the one everyone is watching. The Ravens have made clear they have made an "aggressive" offer to keep their presumptive starting left tackle, but will it be enough? Osemele reportedly wants top money, and it only takes one team with a lot of cash on hand to make Osemele an offer he can't refuse and scuttle the Ravens plans.

TE Allen Reisner -- 25 percent

Two weeks ago, there didn't seem to be any room for another backup tight end. But that was before Nick Boyle was suspended and Ozzie Newsome said starter Crockett Gillmore would have having "some surgeries." Now, Reisner might get a callback after all.

QB Matt Schaub -- 0 percent

The Ravens have moved past Schaub and his pick-sixes.

LB Courtney Upshaw -- 40 percent

The Ravens would like to have Upshaw back, but they will set a price point and won't reach beyond that. With five sacks in four years, Upshaw isn't going to draw huge money on the open market, so maybe he stays within the Ravens budget. Again, though, as with Osemele, teams with more cap room will have more flexibility to make Upshaw an offer he will find hard to refuse.

CB Shareece Wright -- 65 percent

After a disastrous Ravens debut at San Francisco, Wright performed pretty well over the latter half of the season. Cornerback remains a major position of need, and Wright has said he wants to return and continue to play alongside his high school teammate, Jimmy Smith. The two sides will work something out.

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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