On the first official day of free agency, the Ravens signed former Chargers running back Danny Woodhead and former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson. The team also re-signed quarterback Ryan Mallet and picked up the option on WR Mike Wallace.
Woodhead joins the Ravens on a three-year contract after suffering a torn ACL with the San Diego Chargers in week two of the 2016 season. Prior to last season, Woodhead was one of the most consistent pass-catching backs in the league. In 2015 he led all running backs in receptions (80, tied with Theo Riddick), receiving yards (755) and receiving touchdowns (six). Woodhead will give the team a strong option as a third-down back, and he'll surely have an increased role with second-year running back Kenneth Dixon suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Ravens also added former Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson on a four-year contract. Jefferson is known for his strong play against the run as he led the Cardinals last season in tackles with 92, and recorded the most tackles for a loss by a defensive back since 2008 with 13.
In addition to the free-agent signings of Woodhead and Jefferson, the Ravens re-signed backup quarterback Ryan Mallet to a one-year deal and picked up the team's option on wide receiver Mike Wallace to bring him back for 2017.
Wallace started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2016 and recorded his third career 1,000-yard season. Wallace is in place to have a major role in Baltimore's offense next season with Steve Smith now retired.
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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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