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Sunday's loss to the Bengals cost Ravens safety Eric Weddle $1 million

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Sunday's loss to the Bengals cost Ravens safety Eric Weddle $1 million

2018 didn't start how Eric Weddle probably wished it would.

To add insult to injury, the Ravens' heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday cost the safety $1 million dollars.

Yup, you read that right. $1 million. 

Weddle's contract states that if the Ravens made the playoffs and the 11-year veteran made the original Pro Bowl ballot, he would get an additional $1 million.


Well, Weddle was voted to his fifth Pro Bowl in December and the Ravens had a 93.7 percent chance of making the playoffs heading into Week 17.

All the Ravens had to do was get one win at home or have either the Buffalo Bills or Tennessee Titans lose.

It looked as if Weddle would be getting a big ol' check in the mail until the last 44 seconds of Sunday's game when Andy Dalton connected with Tyler Boyd on fourth and 12 for a 49-yard touchdown. A touchdown that lifted the Bengals to a 31-27 victory. Both the Bills and the Titans won their Week 17 games, pushing them to the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds in the AFC playoff picture and knocking the Ravens out.

All that was left for the Ravens was heartbreak and anger. For Eric Weddle, a check that would never get mailed.

The 32-year old wasn't even aware of the incentive until GM Ozzie Newsome reminded him of it ahead of their Week 16 matchup to the Colts.

Weddle, who is in his second season with the Ravens, didn't think the incentive kicked in until the third and fourth years of his contract. He signed a four-year deal back in March of 2016 worth $26 million.


"Will it make me play any harder? No," Weddle said prior to Sunday's loss. "I just hope everything plays out the way it's supposed to."

Sadly, it ended up being what feels like a very bad dream. 

In 2017, Weddle had 33 combined tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 6 interceptions and 1 touchdown. 

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Despite 4-5 record, Ravens just one game out of final AFC playoff spot


Despite 4-5 record, Ravens just one game out of final AFC playoff spot

Their record and performance over the last month may not show it, but the Baltimore Ravens are just one game out of the No. 6 playoff spot in the AFC.

The Kansas City Chiefs (9-1), Los Angeles Chargers (7-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2), New England Patriots (7-3), Houston Texans (6-3), Cincinnati Bengals (5-4), Tennessee Titans (5-4) and the Miami Dolphins (5-5) all rank above the Ravens. But a win Sunday against the Bengals would push the Ravens to the No. 6 spot as they own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Titans.

Beside remaining in playoff contention, a win Sunday is crucial considering head coach John Harbaugh's job is in question with his team sitting at 4-5, quarterback Joe Flacco is reportedly dealing with a hip injury and the possibility of rookie Lamar Jackson getting his first NFL start. 

After getting blown out 51-14 by the Saints, the Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday. Cincinnati's defense ranks last in the league in passing yards allowed (313.3) and total yards allowed (454.6). A rested Ravens team will have to take advantage of the first team in the Super Bowl era to surrender 500 yards in three straight games as they are among five teams within one game of the final wildcard spot. 

Getting shutout by the Bengals this season would give Andy Dalton and co. a two-game lead over the Ravens as well as possessing the tiebreaker. 

According to the New York Times' NFL Playoff Simulator, the Ravens have a 27% chance of making the playoffs heading into Week 11 with their remaining strength of schedule ranking at No. 27. 

After hosting the Bengals on Sunday, the Ravens host the Oakland Raiders (1-7), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) and Cleveland Browns (3-6), but have tough road games against the Atlanta Falcons (4-5), Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) and Los Angeles Chargers (7-2). 


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Robert Griffin III nominated for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA

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Robert Griffin III nominated for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is the team's nominee for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. 

Presented annually by USAA and the NFL, the award honors a league member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. 

The Robert Griffin III Foundation supports Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), that helps aid those grieving the death of a loved one who served in the military; Luke's Wings, which united wounded warriors, veterans and heroes with their loved ones; and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, that helps ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving when they return home. 

Griffin III was born in Okinawa, Japan where his parents were stationed as U.S. Army sergeants. The quarterback spent time living in Fort Carson, Colorado, Seoul, Korea and Fort Hood, Texas as a military kid. His family then settled in Cooperas Cove, Texas, an hour drive from Baylor University where Griffin III attended college. 

Finalist for the award will be announced in January. The recipient will be recognized at the NFL Honors award show Saturday, Feb. 2, on the eve of Super Bowl LIII.

RGIII's head coach, John Harbaugh, received the honor in 2013.