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Ray Lewis claims Ravens didn't sign Colin Kaepernick after girlfriend's tweet

Ray Lewis claims Ravens didn't sign Colin Kaepernick after girlfriend's tweet

During the Ravens' first day of training camp, head coach John Harbaugh brought up the polarizing name Colin Kaepernick.

Why? It was learned earlier in the week that starting quarterback Joe Flacco had a disk injury and was slated to miss some of training camp, meaning the team may have needed a backup.


With the mention of Kaepernick's name brought both positive and negative feedback from Ravens fans.

The organization even reached out to current and former players to get their input, one of them being former linebacker Ray Lewis.

After weighing their options, it sounds like the Ravens were heading in the direction of signing Kaepernick, but after a tweet sent by Kaepernick's girlfriend, the team backed out.

During Tuesday's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL, Lewis shed some light on why the team never followed through.

We were talking about giving this kid an opportunity to get back in the National Football League. Look, this is what I wanted to share with people. I have been fighting for this kid behind the table like nobody has ... I've never been against Colin Kaepernick. But I am against the way he's done it. 

Then, [Kaepernick's girlfriend] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn't know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed. Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, 'How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?'

Back in August, Kaepernick's girlfriend, radio host Nessa Diab, tweeted out a photo of Lewis hugging Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti after their Super Bowl XLVII win.

She posted it along with a picture from the movie Django Unchained showing Samuel L. Jackson's character (a slave) hugging Leonard DiCaprio's character (his master) as he dies from a gunshot wound. 

This comparison seems to be the "racist gesture" Lewis blames for derailing Kaepernick's chance with Baltimore. 

When [the Ravens] called me, it was to say, 'Yes or no?' ... We were going to close the deal to sign him ... Steve Bisciotti said, 'I want to hear Colin Kaepernick speak to let me know that he wants to play football.' ... And it never happens because that picture comes up the next day. 

Inside the NFL host Judy Battista followed up by asking whether Kaepernick would have been a Raven if not for the tweet. Lewis implied he would have. 

Then [Bisciotti] is flying him to Baltimore. I am sitting with all three of them and we are all having a conversation about bringing Colin Kaepernick in. 

At least according to Lewis, Diab's tweet was enough to make the Ravens pass on the free agent. 

Kaepernick is still unemployed with the regular season kicking off Thursday night in Boston.

Only time will tell if another NFL team finds a need for him in the next 16 weeks.

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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?