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Would Ravens really cut Reed?

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Would Ravens really cut Reed?

This just in: Ed Reed isnt very happy.

Hes not happy that the Ravens have not extended his six-year, 40 million contract that is due to expire at the end of the coming season. Reed skipped the Ravens voluntary and mandatory minicamps and has taken to the Twitterverse to lob not-so-subtle hints that he could retire or hold out if a new deal isnt reached.

The latest salvo toward the Castle came Wednesday night. Reed told 105.7 The Fans Glenn Younes that on the opening weekend of the season, Reed will be watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football.

Reed also said that, I take the good with the bad, but dont get mad at me when Im telling you about the BS that we have to put up with. The BS Drew Brees is dealing with. Peyton Manning got cut.

Yall dont think the Ravens would cut me? It could happen.

Well, he has a point there. If the Colts can release Peyton Manning, I suppose no one is safe. And it is true that, in the past, the Ravens have released some talented, popular players. Just last summer, the Ravens jolted the locker room and the Ravens fan base by releasing Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, among others, in a swift salary purge.

Reeds case is different, though.

I just dont see the Ravens, exasperated as they must be by Reeds antics, jettisoning their future Hall of Fame safety.

First of all, when Heap was released, it was done in part to shed payroll, but also because the Ravens felt the young (and cheaper) tight end duo of Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta was ready to emerge as a viable alternative. That turned out to be a shrewd move.

Mason, too ,was 37 years old and production was waning, and the Ravens saw a chance to get younger and cheaper without a dropoff in production. Torrey Smith mitigated the loss of Mason.

But if the Ravens dont have Reed at the back end of the defense, what are the options? Journeyman Sean Considine or rookie Christian Thompson would likely become a starter. Do they comb the waiver wire? The free agent scrap heap? That cant be what the Ravens are looking for, particularly with Terrell Suggs out for at least half the season.

In short, the Ravens need Reed more than they probably want to admit, given all his shenanigans this offseason. He isn't getting any younger -- he turns 34 in September -- and this PR campaign of his must be infuriating. But he remains a cornerstone of the Ravens defense and the Ravens, plain and simple, are better with him than without him.

The Ravens might make salary cap cuts, and obviously must trim the training camp roster several times. But dont expect Reed to be one of the cuts.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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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