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Ravens re-sign nose tackle Brandon Williams

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Ravens re-sign nose tackle Brandon Williams

By Ben Brown

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed star nose tackle Brandon Williams to a five-year contract on Thursday. Williams was a candidate to receive the franchise tag from the Ravens, but the team decided not to, making him a free agent. Williams' contract is worth $54 million with $27.5 million in garunteed money and it makes him the highest paid NT in the league, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Williams is growing into one of the best interior defenders in the NFL and anchored the Ravens run defense, which allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL last season (89.4). The former third-round pick is also the model of durability as he hasn't missed a start in the last three seasons. 

The re-signing of Williams was the biggest move the Ravens made on the first day of free agency. Baltimore also signed former Chargers RB Danny Woodhead and former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson. The team also picked up the option on wide receiver Torrey Smith and re-signed backup quarterback Ryan Mallet.

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Watch Ravens receiver Willie Snead propose to his girlfriend

Watch Ravens receiver Willie Snead propose to his girlfriend

Willie Snead isn't afraid of big moments. Whether it's making a key catch on third down to keep a drive alive, or extending his block to spring a big run, he's always in the right place at the right time.

He's also not afraid to go to his knees to make a catch. Or, it turns out, to pop the question. 

Snead took advantage of his time at home to propose to his girlfriend, getting down on one knee during a Frozen-themed birthday party.

Much like his quarterback Lamar Jackson, Snead also seems to prefer the flip-flop look during the offseason, which has to be more comfortable than cleats. And of course, it would be easy to miss Snead in the video without his trademark hair.

The Ravens receiver caught 31 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns in 2019, and is signed through the 2020 season.

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Ravens make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Ravens make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ravens shifted from their signature purple stadium lights to show the front-line workers how much they appreciate what they're doing.

The incredible gesture is just one of many by the organization.

The Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation combined to support four non-profits and have donated $1 million to help aid the fight against coronavirus, the team revealed in a statement on March 20. 

The four organizations are the Fund for Educational Excellence, the United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank.

"We want to help those in our community who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis," Ravens president Dick Cass said, according to a statement through the team. "We chose to donate through these four organizations because we are confident they will apply our funds quickly and directly to people in need.”

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