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Ravens sign former Cowboys CB Brandon Carr to four-year deal

Ravens sign former Cowboys CB Brandon Carr to four-year deal

The Ravens made another move to bolster the secondary, signing former Cowboys corner Brandon Carr. The team announced the move Friday. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the four-year deal has multiple options that allow the team flexibility. It has the potential to be worth $24 million, but will more likely end up a two-year, $12 million signing. 

The 30-year-old found himself at the end of a five-year, $50 million deal with Dallas, where he started alongside Morris Claiborne. 

He finished last season with one interception, nine passes defended, two sacks and 61 tackles. Pro Football Focus ranked him the No. 52 cornerback in the NFL in 2016.

Carr has 15 career interceptions in his nine seasons in the NFL. In Baltimore, Carr will likely start opposite Jimmy Smith. Because the Ravens have dealt with significant injuries in the secondary, it's notable that Carr appeared in all 16 games in each of his five seasons with the Cowboys. 

The news of Carr's signing comes after a report earlier in the day that the Ravens were interested in Claiborne. With Baltimore opting for Carr, Claiborne will reportedly sign with the Jets.

That leaves the Cowboys without their two starting corners from the past several seasons. 

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Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

As the New York Jets visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night for their matchup, the Jets are dealing with some controversy surrounding running back Le'Veon Bell. 

Bell, who missed New York's game against Miami on Sunday with the flu, was seen bowling the night before and has since found himself in the middle of discussions about "distractions" and bad public "optics".

Before Sunday's game, Bell's flu forced him to miss two practices and Saturday's walk-through. He was ruled as too sick to play Saturday at 5 p.m., only hours before he was spotted bowling in New Jersey. The next day Bell watched the Jets-Dolphins game from a private box in MetLife Stadium.

The team was unaware of the controversy until late Monday when head coach Adam Gase heard about the running back's outing. 

On Tuesday, Gase said Bell's late-night bowling excursion was a bad look for the team since he was too sick to play. But Bell spoke out later Tuesday, explaining he has no regret for going bowling, only for being spotted in public. 

"I didn't break any rules," Bell said, "and I wasn't a distraction until now that you all see me bowling, so that's it."

Bell explained that he understands how, from a certain perspective, bowling while he is too sick to play can look bad, but that he does not see anything wrong with it.

"I could see, from the outside of it, if I was playing Sunday and they see me bowling [it would look bad]," Bell said.

While Bell is surprised his bowling turned into a "big thing," he's more surprised that he bowled a career-high 251 while recovering from the flu.

Whether Bell's controversy impacts the team or not, the Jets will have a tough opponent to face with, or without, their running back as they face the Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens are seeking their 10th consecutive win and the AFC North title.

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Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Ravens tight end and self-proclaimed #HockeyGuy Hayden Hurst is spreading the holiday cheer as he makes amends for a celebration injury he caused a fan in the stands.

Over Week 14 in Buffalo, Hurst caught a 61-yard toss from QB Lamar Jackson and rushed in to the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. With excitement, Hurst leaped in to the stands to celebrate with fans. In the process, there was some helmet-to-head contact.

Shortly thereafter, Hurst found this tweet that was sent out after the Ravens beat the Bills:

Thanks to social media, a connection was made, and the lucky fan with not only get his gloves but a signed jersey as well.

With warning to future fans down front, Hurst has well established that he is, indeed, a Hockey Guy and will continue to "crash the boards" aka leap in to the stands. 

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