Former First Overall NFL Draft Pick Jake Long Won’t Be Joining the Ravens

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The deal that the Ravens were trying to get down with OT Jake Long’s is officially dead after the former 2008 No.1-overall pick declined to sign an injury waiver.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news today that Long won’t be joining the team after he wouldn’t sign the waiver.

The Ravens reportedly requested the waiver after his team physical raised red flags about his surgically-repaired knee. The now 31-year-old Long looked like a surefire Hall-of-Famer his first few years with the Miami Dolphins but his career has been derailed by injuries and his desire has also been questioned.

He spent the 2015 season sitting on the Atlanta Falcons’ bench. It should be noted that Long passed his exit physical with Atlanta last season and was deemed healthy by Dr. James Andrews last week.

Even if he had stayed in Baltimore, Long was at best competing to be the Ravens No.3 tackle behind first-round rookie Ronnie Stanley and Rich Wagner. Some other team may take a flyer on him in training camp but Long’s days of relevance have long since passed.

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Ray Rice Says If He Gets Another Shot in the NFL He’ll Donate Every Check to Charity

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Ray Rice hasn’t played a snap since his elevator incident back in Atlantic City with his wife, but the former Ravens running back says that if he does get another chance in the NFL – he’ll donate each and every game check to charity.

TMZ has the story about Rice, who is still looking to return to the league that made him a star.

Ray Rice says … if an NFL team signs him this year, he’d donate every single game check to charity.

The former running back told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero he would specifically give to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” Rice said.

“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me.”

“I’m not saying I’d be [donating the salary] to get on the field, but it’s something that will show where my heart is. My heart is about finishing the right way and helping people along the way.”

If the 29-year-old was signed, his minimum salary as a 7th year vet would be $885,000.

Rice hasn’t played since 2013 — and recently said he realizes his window for a comeback is closing.

What if the Ravens Logo Went Pokémon Style?

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Ever wonder what would happen if the NFL went Pokémon style with their logos?

Well, with the new sensation Pokémon Go hitting the market, Daily Snark put out all the NFL teams if their logos were done in the style of Pokémon – with the Ravens instead of being the Ravens being known as the Baltimore Honchkrows.

Here’s the complete list of teams at the link HERE

Justin Tucker Still Hopeful He and the Ravens Can Reach a Deal

A little less than a month ago, kicker Justin Tucker said completing a long-term contract extension with the Ravens was a matter of when, not if. Both sides now have less than five days to make it happen.

The Ravens have until 4 p.m. Eastern on Friday to reach agreement on a long-term contracts with Tucker which means he would make $4.572 million in his fifth NFL season.

The Ravens and Tucker’s agent, Robert Roche, have been having periodic conversations about a new contract for the kicker for months. Both sides have been mum about the talks and there’s no indication that a deal is imminent. However, there remains optimism that an agreement can be reached before the deadline, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

That’s primarily because deadlines often spur compromise in these situations.

“It shouldn’t be a hard deal to do unless Tucker wants to redefine kicker salaries,” said former football agent Joel Corry, who analyzes and writes about contracts for National Football Post and CBS Sports. “You have a guy that’s the second most accurate kicker in the history of football. He’s in the discussions as the best kicker in the game. You can say [the New England Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski] is the best, but Tucker is right behind him. So you have to pay him at the top of the market.”

Gostowski, who was franchised by the Patriots in 2015, set the market for kickers last July when he agreed to a four-year, $17.2 million contract extension. The deal carried an average value of $4.3 million and included $10.1 million in guaranteed money, a record for a placekicker.

While neither Tucker nor his agent have said publicly that the goal is to make the 26-year-old the highest-paid kicker in NFL history, Gostkowski’s deal certainly could serve as a template.

“He’ justified in asking to be the highest paid kicker in the league,” Corry said. “If you’re the second most accurate kicker in the history of the league, you can make that argument.”

To get a deal done with Tucker, they Ravens will likely have to offer more than $4 million per season and more than $15 million total. Five kickers – Gostkowski, Bailey, the Green Bay Packers’ Mason Crosby, the Chicago Bears’ Robbie Gould and the Oakland Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski – currently have deals with a total value of $15 million or more.

“It should get done,” Corry said in regards to the Tucker talks. “I don’t know if it will be on the 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th, but it should get done.”

No Shortage of Ravens Tight Ends

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One of the big question marks for the Baltimore Ravens as they head into the 2016 season is at tight end, which is ironic, since it’s also the position that’s the most crowded.

After signing a two-year contract in March, coming over from New Orleans is veteran Ben Watson. He’s coming off one of the best seasons of his career, although it was with Drew Brees, which may not be the fairest comparison to how he’ll do with Joe Flacco. And Watson is now 35-years old. He has a lot of miles on his legs and hits on his body, and at some point he’s productivity will drop.

Flacco favorite, Super Bowl hero, and sentimental fan pick Dennis Pitta is back in the mix. He’s been battling a serious hip injury for much of the last three years and at one point doctors told him that it was past time to hang up his helmet for good. Pitta had other ideas and he’s now worked his way back into football shape and will be with the Ravens in training camp coming up in a couple of weeks. Pitta without question has the best hands of the Ravens tight ends. But of course that hip remains a massive question mark as the team looks ahead to the 2016 season.

And still in the mix, but also in the doghouse, is second-year tight end Nick Boyle. A year ago he looked to be a star in the making. But after sitting out the final four games of 2015 due to a PED suspension, and then compounding that mistake by landing another ten game suspension for the start of the 2016 season, he’s career is in serious flux.

Year-long suspensions needn’t, however, be the end of a career. Pro football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung and four-time Pro Bowler Alex Karras each were suspended for the entire 1963 season in one of sports most highly publicized and politicized betting scandals, even though they were not the first who placed bets, nor the only players punished by then commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1963. And it didn’t effect the popularity of either man. Karras went on to become a film and television star and Hornung was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986.

The same good will after the fact does not exist for the members of the Minnesota Vikings who were involved in the party boat scandal of 2005. While Hornung and Karras eventually made amends with Rozelle and the NFL fans, as recently as just a couple of years ago cornerback Fred Smoot, who was fined by the league and charged with disorderly conduct for his role in the scandal, was far from contrite when talking about the incident.

On the flip side, Hornung and Karras were. And by all accounts so is Nick Boyle. But where that leaves him when he eventually does becomes eligible to play again this season remains to be seen.

NFL Announces Three Ravens Game to Be Shown in Full on YouTube

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As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube channel this August.

From an initial list of 160 classic games compiled by NFL Media/NFL Films in collaboration with NFL Clubs, fans made the final decision on the three most memorable games per franchise. The full network broadcasts of all 96 games will be uploaded this August in conjunction with the start of the NFL preseason.

Voting began June 20th and ended on Tuesday. Here’s the three Ravens games:

Super Bowl XLVII — Ravens vs. 49ers (42%)

Ravens win second Super Bowl. Ray Lewis’ last game.

2012 AFC Championship Game — Ravens vs. Patriots (21%)

Upset road win in New England to get to Super Bowl.

2012 AFC Division playoffs — Ravens vs. Broncos (19%)

Mile High Miracle. Joe Flacco to Jones TD ties game, win in 2OT.

Video: Ray Rice Speaks to Ravens Rookies During Minicamp

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Brandon Tierney shares his thoughts on former Ravens running back Ray Rice speaking to the Ravens’ rookies.

Ravens Agree to Terms with Former First Round RB Trent Richardson

The Ravens and former Browns, Colts and Raiders running back Trent Richardson agreed to terms on Monday morning, as team hopes he can revive his career in Baltimore and add to the clubs’ ground game.

The sides first talked in February, but the Ravens wanted Richardson to be in better condition before signing him. He reached a deal on Monday morning, just before the start of the Ravens’ offseason workout program.

Richardson needs a strong offseason and training camp to find a spot in Baltimore’s crowded backfield. The Ravens currently have Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West and Terrence Magee at running back.

One of the bigger busts of the 2012 draft, Richardson has played for the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. He has struggled with injuries and his weight over his three-year career, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

It’s not much of a risk to bring in Richardson, but if he can do anything will be another story, and frankly if he makes the final roster in August it will be somewhat of a surprise.