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Ravens' Reed fined $55K, Panthers' Newton $31K

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Ravens' Reed fined $55K, Panthers' Newton $31K

NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.

Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine last month.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if Reed's punishment fit the penalty he was called for. Replays showed Reed lower his shoulder into Cruz, connecting first with his chest. Reed's shoulder then made contact with Cruz's facemask, which drew the 15-yard penalty.

``The system is not perfect, although the motivation is correct and the idea is right,'' Harbaugh said. ``It's still a work in progress. I know our guys are doing everything they can, and I'm proud of our guys, to try to play within the rules and respect player safety.

``Sometimes it's easier said than done, but they are doing their best.''

Reed wasn't available for comment in the Ravens' locker room Friday, but has opposed his previous fines in the past.

``I just play the game,'' Reed said Thursday. ``I'll let (the NFL) make those decisions.''

Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher also was fined $10,000 for a chop block against the Giants.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over. Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 17-6 victory.

Newton apologized after the game, saying ``the words that I said during the game were very disrespectful and I apologized to (Boger) during the game, but I'm going public and apologizing again. It was something in the heat of the moment.''

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for striking Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer in the back with his helmet. Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung on the play, and will not play in the team's season finale. Carolina safety Charles Godfrey was fined $21,000 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.

New England's Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm on a play in which possession changed.

Tennessee defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks was fined $7,875 for a facemask against Green Bay.

Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness for hitting Minnesota wide receiver Jarius Wright in the head and neck area. Safety Danieal Manning was fined $10,000 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask.

Minnesota offensive tackle Matt Kalil was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent late against Houston.

San Francisco's Anthony Davis was fined $10,000 for a late hit on Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane.

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Ronnie Stanley, Matthew Judon among NFL’s top 25 potential free agents in 2021

Ronnie Stanley, Matthew Judon among NFL’s top 25 potential free agents in 2021

The Ravens (and most likely all 32 NFL franchises) will face some very difficult decisions next offseason, especially with the talent that potentially could be available on the free agent market.

NFL.com recently released the top 25 potential free agents for the 2021 offseason, and Baltimore features prominently on their list. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley ranks as the third-best to possibly hit the open market, behind only Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle.

“If there were a poll among general managers picking one franchise left tackle to build around for the next decade, Stanley might top the list,” Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com wrote. “Baltimore has a lot of big contracts coming up, but Stanley is the most important player on the Ravens' roster besides Lamar Jackson.”

Stanley, the 6th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is set to play out the fifth-year option on his rookie deal this season. A huge payday no doubt awaits the All-Pro left tackle, but its not something he’s dwelling on right now.

“It’s definitely not really in the forefront of my mind,” Stanley said. “My main focus right now is just - for me, it’s always been be the best player I can be, help my team win. The money usually takes care of itself after that.”

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Further down the list at #22, Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon will play under the franchise tag this season. However, there is doubt about how long Judon’s tenure in Baltimore will ultimately last.

“A terrific player who may thrive more with effort than pure raw talent, Judon looks likely to be the latest pass rusher to leave the Ravens nest,” Rosenthal wrote.

Financial flexibility will be at a premium next offseason, with the salary cap likely headed for a historic drop due to the effects of the current pandemic. Regardless, the future of Stanley and Judon in Baltimore will be worth monitoring next offseason.

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More on the table for potential Matthew Judon trades?

More on the table for potential Matthew Judon trades?

Uncertainty surrounds the upcoming college football season, with a majority of high-profile schools and conferences across the country unsure exactly how this year will play out. That uncertainty could actually end up benefiting the Ravens.

Former Jets general manager and current ESPN NFL analyst Mike Tannenbaum knows the draft process well having spent more than two decades in various front offices. Tuesday on ESPN’s “Get Up,” he connected the dots between the state of college football, the 2021 draft and potential NFL trades.

“The impact is massive,” Tannenbaum said. “We take an inexact science and make it even murkier… it just makes draft choices next year less valuable because you just don’t know what you’re getting.”

That murkiness could ultimately work in the Ravens favor. Baltimore placed the franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon this offseason but were unable to come to a long-term extension before this past July’s deadline. Tannenbaum sees a way for general managers like Eric DeCosta to capitalize on the current situation and get a haul of draft picks if they’re willing to deal.

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“If I’m Joe Douglas, the general manager of the Jets, I’m thinking, ‘Should I call Jacksonville or Baltimore right now and see if I can get Matthew Judon or Yannick Ngakoue and get a proven pass rusher?’” Tannanbaum said. “Because if I draft a guy next year who doesn’t play this year, he may not impact that team until the end of ’21, maybe 2022.”

“The permutations are really somewhat complex and I think we’re going to see some unusual trades this year because their picks next year won’t be as valuable if we don’t play college football this season.”

Judon has tallied 28.5 sacks over 4 seasons in Baltimore, including a career high 9.5 sacks last season.

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