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Tom Crean, brother-in-law of John Harbaugh, gives postgame speech to Ravens

Tom Crean, brother-in-law of John Harbaugh, gives postgame speech to Ravens

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean gave a rousing speech to the Ravens following their 19-18 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Crean, the brother-in-law of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, congratulated the team on the win, telling them it was important to “respect the fight” of the 2015 team as they head into this season.

“Don’t underestimate what you went through a year ago to get better,” Crean said, “what you went through a year ago to become more resilient, what you went through a year ago to become tougher in every area. And don’t take it for granted that it’s just another day at the office when you join the Ravens. Because when you got the opportunity to take what you did a year ago, combined with what you’ve done in the offseason to get to where we are at this present day, what you can do from this day forward is going to be incredible.”

Last season, the Ravens went 5-11, their first losing season since the Harbaugh era began in 2008 and only the second time in that stretch that they failed to reach the postseason.

In the game, the Ravens came from behind late to beat the Colts in an unusual way. After taking an 18-17 lead with 3:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Colts’ ensuing two-point conversion pass was intercepted by Ravens defensive back Anthony Levine and returned the other way for two points to regain the lead at 19-18.

Harbaugh introduced Crean as a guest speaker in the Ravens’ locker room after the game, which took place in Indianapolis not far from the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Crean also met with the team at some point last season, Harbaugh said.

Crean is married to Harbaugh's sister, Joani, and has been Indiana’s coach since the 2008 season. Both John and Jim Harbaugh publicly supported Crean at Indiana’s Sweet 16 game against North Carolina in this past March’s NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers, though, lost 101-86 and the Tar Heels reached the national championship game.

The Ravens open their 2016 regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11. They host the Detroit Lions this Saturday and travel to play the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 1 for their final two preseason games.


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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?