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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news you need to know this Wednesday morning. 

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Cornerback Justin Bethel officially became a member of the Ravens Tuesday. A strong addition to the Ravens' special teams corps, the two-year deal might of not happened if it wasn't for safety and ex-Cardinals teammate Tony Jefferson

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had some words of advice for quarterback Lamar Jackson after he posted an Instagram story last week of himself driving down a freeway at 105 mph. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Reed noted the increased scrutiny that comes with being a black quarterback. 

The Ravens are investing in their secondary in 2019. With the addition of safety Earl Thomas ($22 million with base salary and signing bonus combined), nickelback Tavon Young ($11 million base salary and signing bonus), cornerback Brandon Carr's option ($6 million), cornerback Jimmy Smith ($9.5 million), safety Tony Jefferson ($8 million) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey ($1.542 million), the Ravens are spending $58 million just on their secondary, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. That brings us to our next point...

Jimmy Smith came in at No. 4 on For The Win's 20 most overpaid NFL players in 2019. Using their "value above market price” metric based on the player's production and cap hit in a given season and multiplying their Pro Football Focus grade by the number of snaps they played, Smith cost the Ravens -$11.1 million. 

The Ravens have released inside linebacker Bam Bradley and cornerback Jaylen Hill with failed physical designations, according to the NFL transaction sheet and The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Both missed all of the 2018 season with injuries. 

Looking Ahead: 

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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Ravens Flock honors Washington Mystics during Thursday's game against Jets

Ravens Flock honors Washington Mystics during Thursday's game against Jets

There’s nothing better than seeing a culture where athletes are openly in support of one another’s success. 

The Washington Mystics popped up at M&T Bank stadium on Thursday night to show support of their fellow DMV sports team, the Baltimore Ravens, as they hosted the New York Jets. 

The Ravens Flock welcomed WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Kristin Toliver and Tiana Hawkins with open arms and honored the reigning WNBA champions at halftime. They also each received customized jerseys with their names on them.  

If the Ravens are lucky, the District of Champions could extend up I-95 in a few months. 

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Tom Brady challenges Lamar Jackson to a unique footrace

Tom Brady challenges Lamar Jackson to a unique footrace

Lamar Jackson is really, really fast. He's fast for a human. He's fast for an NFL player. He's crazy fast for a quarterback.

Tom Brady is...not.

And yet, Brady, who is generally considered to be the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, is ready and willing to race Lamar Jackson anytime he wants.

Even considering the handicap, Jackson would probably still be the favorite to win in a landslide.

Whoever you'd put your money behind, one thing is certain: We would all pay a dangerous and irresponsible amount of money to see this on Pay-Per-View.

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