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Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram make a ton of sense for the Ravens, and here's why

Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram make a ton of sense for the Ravens, and here's why

Over the last week, Baltimore Ravens fans have been in panic mode as they watched linebackers Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za'Darius Smith and safety Eric Weddle walk out the door.

The Ravens suddenly had four gaping holes once filled by some of the best in the league, while fans were left hoping new general manager Eric DeCosta had a plan. 

Then on Wednesday, DeCosta and the Ravens front office eased some of those worries with the addition of former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

"Once it came out that Earl Thomas is joining the Ravens, it was like, you know that makes a ton of sense. Why didn't we think of that?," host of Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said Thursday. "Especially with all the defensive talent that they lost.

...And it's one of those things we look at and say, you know what, we should have been talking about the Ravens and Earl Thomas all along."

Thomas and the Ravens agreed to a four-year, $55 million deal with $32 million of it fully guaranteed. Despite playing in only four games in 2018 after suffering a season-ending knee injury, Thomas is the only safety in the last decade to record 100 or more tackles, five or more interceptions and two or more forced fumbles in a single season.

After finishing the 2018 season as the top ranked yards-per-game defense in the league (292.9) and second in points-per-game (17.9), Thomas seems like the perfect fit.

"It seems like a personality fit, a system fit, whatever you wanna say on the football field and in the locker room and all the attitude, it fits," Chris Simms added. 

Thomas joins a Ravens secondary that includes safeties Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr., cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and slot Tavon Young. 

"It improves that secondary greatly," Simms said. "Like I said, the combo at safety's special. Their corners are pretty good there in Baltimore and hey, I know they lost some good people in the front seven, but they got a lot of guys there that are ready to play and ready to fill in."

While the Ravens added on defense they also added to their backfield with the signing of former Saints running back Mark Ingram to a three-year, $15 million deal. A steal compared to the $13.1 million per year the Jets are giving Le'Veon Bell

Sharing the workload with fellow running back Alvin Kamara the last two seasons, Ingram finished 2018 with 138 carries for 645 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and six touchdowns.

"A bargain for the Ravens and a guy that's still got some gas in a tank and can help that Ravens offense go," Forio added.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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