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Who should Ravens use franchise tag to keep?


Who should Ravens use franchise tag to keep?

If the Ravens are going to use the franchise tag on a player this year, kicker Justin Tucker is that guy.

Tuesday is the first day that NFL teams can tag an impending free agent. The Ravens have from now until March 1 to use the tag on Tucker, if they can’t reach a long-term deal with one of the NFL’s best kickers. Here are three reasons why Tucker is the Ravens’ far more likely franchise tag candidate than Kelechi Osemele, the Ravens’ talented free agent left guard – left tackle:

1. Tucker is too valuable, and too young, for the Ravens to lose during free agency.

He is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history. He is a proven clutch performer who has helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl, and he is 26 years old. Tucker figures to have many game-deciding kicks in his future. The Ravens want Tucker making those kicks for them, not someone else.

2.  The Ravens want to keep Osemele, but using the tag on Tucker is far less costly.

Franchise-tagged players are given a one-year contract, determined by averaging the top five salaries at their position. While the league has not announced this year’s exact numbers, the franchise tag for kickers is expected to be around $4.5 million. The franchise tag number for offensive linemen is expected to be in the $13 million range. The Ravens don’t have much salary cap flexibility, and are still trying to restructure the contract of quarterback Joe Flacco, whose cap number for next season is $28.55 million. As much as the Ravens want to keep Osemele, they may not be able to afford it.

3. Hitting Tucker with the franchise tag would hardly insult him, although he would prefer a new deal.

Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots is the NFL’s highest-paid kicker, averaging $4.3 million per season. So the franchise tag number would vault Tucker past Gostkowski, and give the Ravens more time to reach a long-term, salary cap friendly deal with Tucker.

Remember playing the game of tag as kids? In this case, even if Tucker is tagged, he wins.

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


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.