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Ravens could trade down, but odds are against it


Ravens could trade down, but odds are against it

If the Ravens trade out of the No. 6 spot, the Eagles and Rams appear to be Baltimore’s most likely trade partners.

Do I think the Ravens will trade down? No. But here’s why it can’t be ruled out:

Why a trade with the Eagles could happen:

The Eagles, holding the No. 8 pick, have shown interest in the draft’s two top-rated quarterbacks – Carson Wentz of North Dakota St. and Jared Goff of Cal. Among teams holding the top seven picks, only the Browns (No. 2) seem likely to take a quarterback, unless the Cowboys (No. 4) pull a minor surprise and take a quarterback as well.

That means either Wentz or Goff should still be available when the Ravens are on the clock at No. 6. If the Browns don’t take a quarterback, Wentz and Goff could both be available at No. 6, and things would really get interesting.

If the Eagles trade up to No. 6, they can leapfrog the 49ers (No. 7) and get the quarterback they want. Meanwhile, the Ravens would only move down two spots, and get an extra pick, possibly as high as the Eagles’ fourth-rounder.

At No. 8, the Ravens still might be able to get Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, or Ohio St. running back Ezekiel Elliott. Getting another fourth-round pick would give the Ravens eight picks in the first four rounds. With that many picks, it would be hard for the Ravens not to have an excellent draft.

Why a trade with the Rams (No. 15) could happen:

An upgrade at quarterback could make the Rams a playoff team, so they could be desperate to trade up, with coach Jeff Fisher under pressure to win now.

But would the Ravens be willing to trade down from No. 6 to No. 15? It would take a lot from the Rams to make Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down that far. However, it’s possible the Ravens could still get a good player at No. 15 like Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Eastern Kentucky pass rusher Noah Spence, or Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland.


While it’s fun to speculate about the Ravens trading down from No. 6, I don’t think it will happen. The Eagles gave a new contract to quarterback Sam Bradford, and they can get a good player simply by staying at No. 8. If the Rams, Bills (No. 19), or Jets (No. 20) want to trade up to No. 6 for a quarterback, I think Newsome’s asking price will scare them away.

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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?