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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ozzie Newsome stepping down as GM factor in Terrell Suggs' departure

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ozzie Newsome stepping down as GM factor in Terrell Suggs' departure

While you've been hard at working drawing up the perfect March Madness bracket, here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news you need to know.

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Former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs spoke on his decision to leave Baltimore after 16 seasons and sign with the Arizona Cardinals on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed  Wednesday. While his decision last week came as a surprise to the Ravens front office, it was something Suggs had been contemplating for quite some time. 

"It was probably hands down the most difficult decision I ever had to make it my life," Suggs said.

"Through and through I'm an Ozzie Newsome guy. Once I knew Ozzie was going to step down as GM, you know, I kind of had to question my future in a Ravens uniform." 

Suggs mentioned in his interview that the departure of other veterans helped him make his decision. With the Ravens' focus shifting to young guys stepping up to the plate, Suggs felt that he was the last piece standing in their way. While the departure was "mutual," the 36-year-old said he probably would have finished out his career in purple and black had Newsome remained GM. 

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey wasn't going to initially give up his No. 29 uniform for cheap. According to the Ravens' website, he asked for $100,000 from Earl Thomas in exchange. Thomas shot that offer down and Humphrey eventually offered up his number for free. However, it seems like the Humphrey family will get a little something in return. 

"His mom has a track team, so I might throw a little bread that way," Thomas said.

Throughout the offseason, new general manager Eric DeCosta has preached that the Ravens are interested in containing the young talent on their roster now before it's too late. So far he has accomplished that as the team currently has 48 players under the age of 26

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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What are the fantasy implications of the Ravens trading Hayden Hurst?

What are the fantasy implications of the Ravens trading Hayden Hurst?

Fantasy football and the NFL season now go hand-in-hand. For many, drafting players and setting lineups each week in hopes of beating friends or co-workers has become the main incentive to keep up with the sport.

So, when the Ravens sent tight end Hayden Hurst to the Falcons in exchange for draft picks, it was more than a standard football trade to many. The swap will have an effect on the fantasy value and performance of both Hurst and the remaining tight ends on the Ravens roster.

On the latest Ravens Talk Podcast episode, NBC Sports Washington's Jordan Giorgio, Andrew Gillis and Ryan Wormeli discussed the trade and what's to come for both sides. From their analysis, one can begin to evaluate how the move will impact the fantasy football world.

Beginning in Baltimore, the trade doesn't mean that the Ravens are losing their No. 1 option at tight end. Though Hurst put up a solid 30 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2019, it was Mark Andrews who had the breakout year on offense.

With 64 catches for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, the Pro Bowler quickly became one of Lamar Jackson's go-to pass catchers. Now with Hurst departing, Andrews looks to be in line for even more production. Despite his impressive numbers from a season ago, it's possible that Andrews was held back a little by Hurst due to both tight ends needing time on the field and targets. 

Baltimore's three tight end system worked well in 2019, but with Hurst now in Atlanta, it seems that Andrews could benefit from more targets coming his way. Already a high-value fantasy tight end, there's no reason to think he's hit his peak just yet.

Fellow tight end Nick Boyle could see a bump in his production as well. Used more often as a blocker last season, Boyle still essentially mimicked Hurst's statline, catching 31 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

However, it would be naive to assume that all of Hurst's production will transfer to Andrews and Boyle. As Gillis explained on Ravens Talk, Baltimore will have to find someone new to replace Hurst's numbers - even if it isn't a tight end.

“You do lose that three-headed monster at tight end, you have to replace that with something," Gillis said. “It doesn’t have to come in the area that you would expect. It can be a receiver, It can be another running back if you like.”

That hole will most likely be filled during the 2020 NFL Draft in April. For now, all signs point to Andrews, and even Boyle, providing fantasy upgrades. Yet, their full value may be unknown until the Ravens 2020 offense takes its full form.

As for Hurst, the tight end could be heading for the breakout season that Baltimore had hoped for when it selected him 25th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. To get an idea of what may be in store for Hurst in Atlanta, Austin Hooper's 2019 numbers are helpful.

The former Falcons tight end, now a member of the Cleveland Browns, had 75 receptions for 787 yards and six touchdowns a season ago. Hurst can be looked at as his replacement, meaning he'll garner all of the targets Hooper received in an offense that loves to throw the football.

That, paired with Hurst's potential, could lead to a big 2020 season, according to Wormeli.

“It would not surprise me if he has a breakout season in Atlanta," Wormeli said. “They obviously lost Austin Hooper, Matt Ryan likes to throw to his tight ends so he’s going to get looks over there."

Gillis believes that being in Atlanta could help turn Hurst into "that Mark Andrews-type" player.

The coming months will help paint a clearer picture in terms of what is to come for Hurst and Andrews both on the field and in fantasy lineups. On paper, however, the trade looks to have increased both of their value come fantasy draft season.

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Ravens reportedly sign defensive lineman Derek Wolfe

Ravens reportedly sign defensive lineman Derek Wolfe

The Ravens, just a day after Michael Brockers’ signing fell through, have reportedly found their replacement. 

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens have signed defensive lineman Derek Wolfe to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

The 30-year-old defensive lineman had a career-high seven sacks last season in just 12 games. But the biggest knock on Wolfe is his health, as he’s played just 16 games three times in his career and just once in the last five seasons.

Wolfe figures to slot in alongside Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams on the Ravens’ starting defensive front. He’ll be backed up by Jihad Ward and Justin Ellis, too. 

Over his career, Wolfe has totaled 299 career tackles with a career-high 51 in 2016. Last season, 12 quarterback hits to go along with his seven sacks. 

A second-round pick by the Broncos in 2012, Wolfe was productive for the Broncos and helped them win a Super Bowl in 2016 over the Panthers. 

If Wolfe can stay healthy, the Ravens seem to have filled out their defensive line rather nicely after the blow of losing Brockers. 

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