You can be sure the Ravens eyebrows went up when the San Diego Chargers signed tackle Jared Gaither to a four-year, 24.6 million contract in March. The deal included 13.5 million in guaranteed pay and an 8 million signing bonus.
It was exactly the kind of deal Gaither, 26, always wanted from the Ravens after he emerged as Jonathan Ogdens heir at left tackle in 2008, but the Ravens never gave it to him, doubting his work ethic and his ability to stay healthy.
The Ravens certainly have their own issues at blind-side tackle these days as they try to decide if Bryant McKinnie is in shape to handle the job for a second straight year, but theyll take that as a problem as opposed to having to deal with Gaither.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, just four months after signing his deal, Gaither was unable to practice when he reported to training camp because of back spasms, and he still hasnt practiced. The Chargers have gone out and signed two tackles as insurance.
Keep in mind that the Chargers gave him his big contract based on his performances in just a handful of late-season games in 2011, including one against the Ravens -- not exactly a broad sample size. The Chargers had brought him in as a fill-in after the Kansas City Chiefs waived him, and he played well.
No one has ever doubted Gaithers talent when he is healthy and motivated, but the Ravens never had enough faith in his longterm prospects to give him so much money. I doubt theyre experiencing any regret today.
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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