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Mike Wallace on Joe Flacco's performance: 'One cool customer'

Mike Wallace on Joe Flacco's performance: 'One cool customer'

In four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Wallace had already developed a healthy respect and admiration for Joe Flacco.

In fact, Wallace said in March that the strong-armed Flacco was one of the major reasons he signed with the Ravens.

But on Sunday at Cleveland, Wallace saw another side of Flacco – the cool, unflappable, tough competitor who won’t be ruffled by a disastrous start.


After the stunned Ravens fell behind 20-0 in the first 11 minutes – aided by an interception thrown by Flacco – the Ravens rallied to beat the Browns, 25-20, thanks in large part to two touchdown throws from Flacco to Wallace.

 “I honestly have probably never been around anyone as cool as Joe,” Wallace said after Sunday’s game. “Just the way he reacts to situations. He’s like, ‘Whatever. We’re down 20-0. Whatever.’ "

“It’s the way he makes you think, like, ‘It’s no problem.’ "

Two weeks into the season, Wallace is looking like he could be one of the major free-agent signings in the league this offseason. In two games, he has seven catches for 132 yards and has scored all three Ravens touchdowns.

In signing with the Ravens in March, Wallace said, “I was like, ‘I need a good quarterback. I need a quarterback who I know is proven, who can get things done,” which many took as a swipe at Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. In his one season with the Vikings, Wallace had career lows for catches (39), receiving yards (473) and touchdown catches (2), a total he has surpassed in two games with the Ravens.

Wallace also said after Sunday’s game that he not only admires Flacco’s cool demeanor but also his toughness. Flacco has been pounded in the first two games, sacked a total of four times and hit 14 times. He was not sacked at Cleveland but was hit five times.

 “When you have a quarterback who’s supposed to be fragile, he just came off an ACL, and he’s gonna sit in there and take shots," Wallace said, "who am I not to go and make a play?”

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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?