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Trade rumors suggest Marcus Mariota could land in AFC North

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Trade rumors suggest Marcus Mariota could land in AFC North

Will the Ravens face Marcus Mariota twice next season, and for years to come as the Browns’ starting quarterback? It could happen, if the Browns use the trade ammunition at their disposal during Thursday night’s draft. 

According to ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon, the Browns have discussed trading their two first-round picks (No. 12 and No. 19) to the Titans, in exchange for the No. 2 pick held by Tennessee. With that No. 2 pick, the Browns would then draft Mariota, assuming the Buccaneers do the expected and take quarterback Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick.  

The Browns took quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round last year, but Manziel had a disappointing season and checked into a treatment center after the season. Manziel has since joined the Browns in their offseason program. However, counting on Manziel to be the Browns’ franchise quarterback seems risky at best. Perhaps the Browns feel rolling the dice and getting Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, would finally solve their long-standing quarterback issues. 

Mariota could be coveted by many teams in this draft, like the Jets, who also have quarterback issues, and the Eagles, who are coached by Mariota’s former college coach Chip Kelly. The Browns need better quarterback play to compete with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals in the AFC North. But is getting Mariota worth giving up two first-round picks? Apparently, the Browns are considering it.

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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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