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Is McKinnie gone?


Is McKinnie gone?

Bryant McKinnie,projected to be the Ravens starter at left tackle when the season beginsMonday, could be released today as he and the Ravens are locked in a contractdispute that has not been resolved, according to multiple reports.McKinnie tweetedon Tuesday morning: "Decision is made! I'm gone!"WNST Radio andthe Baltimore Sun both reported that McKinnie told them via text message thathe is no longer on the team. But NFL Network'sAlbert Breer tweeted: "Ok. Another text from McKinnie: "'Not officiallyover yet just got a call.' "McKinnie, whoturns 33 later this month, received a 500,000 roster bonus in March and wasdue to receive a base salary of 3.2 million. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens have asked McKinnie to take a 50 percent pay cut, which McKinnie would not agree to.
McKinnie reported to trainingcamp late and then ran with the second team for the first few weeks as herworked back into shape. He made his first start of the preseason in the thirdgame against Jacksonville. McKinnie, aformer first-round draft pick by Minnesota out of Miami, played nine seasonswith the Vikings. But he was released last August -- reportedly conditioningwas a factor -- and the Ravens signed himto a two-year deal. He started every game for the Ravens last year at lefttackle.McKinnie has alsofaced some financial troubles as well. He is to have 50 percent of his wagesgarnished by the Ravens this season as part of a settlement over loans hetook out during the NFL lockout last year.If McKinnie isgone, Michael Oher would likely move from right tackle back to the left side,with rookie Kelechi Osemele the likely starter at right tackle.Ravens coach JohnHarbaugh is expected to address the media at 4 p.m. in a previously schedulednews conference.

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."