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Ravens tying up loose ends

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Ravens tying up loose ends

Between Terrell Suggs injury, Ray Rices holdout, Ed Reeds chirping, salary cap constraints and the loss of three starters via free agency, the Ravens havent had the best of offseasons.

The stream of discouraging news was enough to convince at least a couple of sports books in Las Vegas to lower their odds on the Ravens advancing to the Super Bowl next February.

But with one week to go until training camp opens next week, the offseason is ending with a flurry of more positive developments.

First, Rice signed a five-year contract Monday just minutes before the deadline for franchise players, guaranteeing that he will be in uniform and ready to go after skipping the teams entire offseason program.

His signing gave the Ravens one less thing to worry about, and then Reed, whose plans have been difficult to gauge, told Comcasts Brent Harris on Wednesday that he never planned to sit out and would, in fact, be in uniform in 2012 one more thing they apparently dont have to worry about.

On top of all that, an analyst at NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah, wrote Wednesday that there is a 75 percent chance that quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens will agreed to a longterm deal before the start of training camp next week.

Flaccos contract status has been widely perceived as the next item on the Ravens agenda now that Rice is locked up, and if the Ravens can clear that up as well, their offseason will have gone from ehhh to solidly productive in a matter of days.

Theres still no getting around the fact that they will be without Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, for at least part of the season and possibly all of it, putting more pressure on the rest of the defense as well as the offense to pick up the slack.

And of course, thats just a rumor about Flacco; it remains to be seen whether his agent, Joe Linta, can actually strike a deal.

But getting the Rice and Reed situations squared away is a positive development by any reckoning, and getting Flacco squared away as well would give the organization palpable momentum heading into training camp.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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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