Let's get this week started by getting you up-to-date on the latest Ravens news.
The Ravens announced Friday they are planning on signing cornerback Justin Bethel to a two-year deal, pending a physical. A two-time Pro Bowler thanks to his special teams play, Bethel played 2018 with the Atlanta Falcons following a six-year run with the Arizona Cardinals.
Yessir !!!!!! He’s a beast https://t.co/AXmwi4AQU6— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) March 16, 2019
Former Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata announced his retirement in the most baller way; on top of Mount Kilamanjaro.
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Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeagles
The Ravens' first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Ngata spent nine seasons in Baltimore and earned five Pro Bowls along the way.
If you were surprised by the Ravens signing safety Earl Thomas, you weren't the only one. Thomas himself admitted that the four-year, $55 million deal came at the last minute.
“The Ravens were never in the picture,” Thomas told NBC Sports' Peter King. “I was shocked. I was blessed.”
The Ravens will have their hands full defending the AFC North title in 2019, according to Las Vegas. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has made the Browns +140 favorites to win the AFC North. With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. last week, the Browns look to be real contenders this season.
March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.
April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin
April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
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