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Does the bubble burst?


Does the bubble burst?

The Ravenswrapped up their preseason with a sloppy 31-17 loss at St. Louis, and althoughthe score means nothing considering it was the preseason and virtually noRavens starters played, the game meant everything for players on the rosterbubble.As offensivecoordinator Cam Cameron said on Tuesday, the Rams game would be "thebiggest game in the careers of a bunch of guys."
The Ravens musthave their 75-player roster down to 53 by 9 p.m. tonight. Yesterday, wehighlighted five players to watch who were sitting on the bubble.
So how did theydo? Are they in or out?DAMIEN BERRYBerry finishedthe preseason with 18 carries for 80 rushing yards, the most among Ravensrunning backs. But it was telling that he didn't appear in the backfield againstSt. Louis until the fourth quarter, and his work on special teams will not beenough. Prediction: Cut
JUSTIN BORENBoren started atright guard, and unfortunately his night ended with him being carted off thefield with a foot injury. The offensive line had its problems against the Rams,who unlike the Ravens used many starters early in the game. And when the Ravenswent to a second center behind starter Gino Gradkowski, it was veteran TonyWragge, not Boren. Looks like Wragge beats out Boren for the last lineman spot.Prediction: Cut or moved to injured reserveOMAR BROWNBrown, thelong-shot who made a name for himself with four turnovers (three fumblerecoveries, one interception) in the first two preseason games, led the Ravensin tackles with six, but it's not usually a good sign when the safety leads theteam in tackles. Still, at a position that is suddenly thin, he could help,though the Ravens will be combing the waiver wire tomorrow for safety help.Prediction: Makes roster.NIGEL CARRCarr gotextensive action in the middle of the Ravens defense at St. Louis and had threetackles, including two for losses. But he also had problems in coverage, aspecial teams penalty that cost the Ravens a touchdown on a punt return againstDetroit, and a fine for a hit on Lions quarterback Shaun Hill. Carr justmisses, but the Ravens will hope they can sign him to their practice squad.Prediction: Cut. SERGIO KINDLEThe Ravens' firstpick in the 2010 draft was playing for his future, so he picked a bad time foran awful penalty. Kindle hit Rams quarterback Sam Bradford a full second afterhe had released the ball on a third-and-22 play that had gone for just 7 yards.The penalty gave the Rams a first down at the Ravens 11, and they scored threeplays later. Overall, Kindle did not impress on a night when he needed to. Butwith Courtney Upshaw leaving the game and headed to an MRI for his shoulderinjury, the outside linebacker corps is depleted further. So Kindle hangs on.Barely. Prediction: Makes roster.

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The Ravens' future isn't Joe Flacco - but they don't want to face him in the AFC

The Ravens' future isn't Joe Flacco - but they don't want to face him in the AFC

The Baltimore Ravens made it clear after their Wild Card loss that Lamar Jackson would be their quarterback going forward, bringing the somewhat official end to Joe Flacco's 11-year career with the team.

So what's next for the Super Bowl MVP?

Retirement after a fruitful NFL career is an option, but in a league where teams are desperate for a seasoned veteran, Flacco could find himself with another affluent contract. The Ravens, too, could get something nice in return.

"Let's start with a second-round pick," former Redskins GM Charley Casserly said. "It's negotiable, we're going to keep him in pencil. Who am I not going to trade him to? Well, I may not have a choice. I may only have one trade pick. I don't want him in the AFC. I don't want this guy costing me a playoff position next year."

There are several AFC teams in need of a QB, too. The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars would jump at the chance to get Flacco under center.

But it may not be that easy for the Ravens.

"If the team wants to renegotiate his contract, Flacco controls the trade," Casserly adds. "He can simply say, 'no' [and the] Ravens may have to just release him and let Joe go his own way." 

The former GM adds that he expects something to be settled come March. Why? Casserly places Teddy Bridgewater and Nick Foles as hotter free agency pickups for QB needy teams, and with the 2019 NFL Draft not offering a ton in terms of first-round quarterbacks, the Ravens may have to act fast in order to get a return on their investment. 

One team that is definitely in need of a QB1 is the Washington Redskins. The idea could interest Flacco as his family of seven could stay put in the DMV area. But can the Redskins afford Flacco? 

The team is facing a huge cap charge with Alex Smith, whose career is in question after suffering a catastrophic leg injury, and a rookie they can mold could make more sense than a 34-year-old Flacco.


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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

The Ravens have reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract extension with head coach John Harbaugh, a move already being praised by national pundits everywhere. 

It was nearly a month ago that the Ravens announced Harbaugh would be returning as the team’s head coach in 2019, which was noteworthy considering his status as a potential lame duck head coach.

In the same release, the team announced they were working towards a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal was set to expire next year.

Despite reports from national NFL insiders, including Jason La Canfora and Peter King, that Harbaugh might prefer to hit free agency as a highly sought-after head coach after the 2019 season, it appears the Ravens will keep him in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. 

This news comes on the heels of a busier-than-usual coaching carousel, with a quarter of the 32 NFL teams changing head coaches in the last month, including two AFC North rivals. Harbaugh almost certainly would have been the cream of the crop among coaching free agents no matter when he became available, so the Ravens were looking to lock him up long term.

After a tough November home loss to the Steelers that put the team at 4-5, Harbaugh was asked about his job security, and he remained steadfast and confident.

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

After that game, the Ravens rattled off six wins in seven games to make the playoffs, and many players credited Harbaugh with keeping the team together. It was prior to Week 16 when the front office announced Harbaugh would be returning no matter how the season ended, but the strong finish and AFC North title certainly made the decision easier.

A coach with a special teams background, Harbaugh is an anomaly in the current era of young, offensive-minded head coaches. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and holds a 104-72 career record in Baltimore.

The terms of the new deal have not yet been released, but it will be interesting how many years the team is committing to Harbaugh.