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Thinner Terrell Suggs says Ravens are strongest they've been since Super Bowl

Thinner Terrell Suggs says Ravens are strongest they've been since Super Bowl

OWINGS MILLS – Terrell Suggs is confident the Ravens have the talent to be a playoff team, and is putting the disappointment of 2015 in his rearview mirror.

“I would have to say, since our Super Bowl year (2012) and the year before, the 2011 team, I think this is the best we’ve looked since then,” Suggs said following Thursday’s practice.

Suggs, a six-time Pro Bowler at outside linebacker, will turn 34 years old in October and wants another ring before he retires. Finishing 5-11 again is not in the plan, and Suggs is sending that message to younger teammates who were not around from 2008-12, when the Ravens made the playoffs five straight seasons. Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1 last year, and wasn't around the team frequently.

“That was the purpose of this training camp,” Suggs said. “We have to beat that complacency of last year’s team. We have to get rid of last year’s team, last year’s feel, everything that went terrible with last year and leave it back there and be the Ravens that we know that we’re supposed to be and that we’re accustomed to being and that the standard was set here.”

Entering his 14th NFL season, Suggs expects to be a major part of the Ravens’ resurgence, reporting to camp noticeably lighter than in recent years.

How much weight did Suggs lose?

“I ain’t going to tell you,” Suggs said.

How did he lose it?

“Diet,” Suggs said. “I’m not a big fan of food, but when I do eat, I like to eat,” Suggs said. “I like my fried chicken, I like my pizza, my peaches and my gefilte fish. I had to cut all that out. I still eat the peaches and a little bit of the fish. But that is about it.”

The tenor of practice changed when Suggs returned Monday, and Thursday’s return of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made Suggs even more excited.

“It just feels like everything we lost last year, we are getting it all back,” Suggs said. “Now we’re getting our swag back and our chemistry. Everything is starting to feel good, and now we are starting to feel like the Ravens again.”

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver 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 Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on 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 wide receiver 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?