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Longtime Ravens LB Terrell Suggs to Sign with the Arizona Cardinals

The Ravens defense will have a very different look in 2019, as for the first time in 17 years there will be no more Terrell Suggs running around making plays.

Suggs has told the Ravens he is not coming back to Baltimore, and instead is heading back home to Arizona, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

The longtime linebacker, who played high school ball in Arizona and was an All-American at Arizona State, spent the entirety of his 16-year NFL career in Baltimore. Entering his age-37 season, Suggs is returning to where it all began.

Suggs is still producing at a high level despite his age. Since returning from a torn Achilles injury during the 2015 season, Suggs has missed just one game and recorded 26 sacks.

Suggs’ departure is the end of an era in Baltimore. The linebacker was the last remaining defensive starter from the Ravens’ Super Bowl title season in 2012. Suggs is also the latest veteran to leave the team; Baltimore has already cut Eric Weddle and agreed to trade Joe Flacco this offseason.

It will be a different look to the AFC North Champions, as the overhaul in Baltimore continues.

C.J. Mosley Won’t Get the Franchise Tag from the Ravens, To Be a Free Agent

The Ravens do not plan to use the franchise tag on pending unrestricted free agent C.J. Mosley, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun reports. This according to a representative for the All-Pro linebacker who told ESPN.

By designating Mosley with the franchise tag, the Ravens would have committed about $15.4 million to the former first-round draft pick for the 2019 season. The deadline to place the binding one-year tag is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has said he expects Mosley to return to Baltimore, and said at the NFL scouting combine that he expected negotiations with Mosley’s agent to continue in Indianapolis.

The Ravens hope to reach a long-term deal with Mosley, their top free-agent target this offseason, but DeCosta has stressed the need for prudent salary cap management.

Ravens Release Veteran Safety Eric Weddle

The Ravens have cut veteran safety Eric Weddle, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Weddle, 34, was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Ravens after signing a four-year, $26 million contract in March 2016. He had no interceptions in 2018 after combining for 10 over his first two seasons in Baltimore, but finished as the 10th-best safety in football, according to Pro Football Focus.

The Ravens will save $7.5 million in cap space with Weddle’s release. Free agency officially begins March 13.

Ravens Release RB Alex Collins Following Friday Arrest Near Teams Facility

The Ravens today dumped one-time starting running back Alex Collins after he was arrested following a morning car crash in Owings Mills.

The 24-year-old was set to be a restricted free agent before his release, but now if he is not claimed, he will immediately become a free agent.

“We have spoken to the police and are aware of the situation,” the Ravens told NFL.com in a statement on Friday morning.

Baltimore County police responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree about 6:48 a.m., police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said. The location is approximately a mile from the team facility.

Collins put up 516 total yards and eight touchdowns in 2018, his second year in Baltimore, splitting time in the backfield with Gus Edwards, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon.

The running back finished the season on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in late October.

As of now it’s not known if Collins was driving the car that crashed.

Ravens Have Agreed to Deal Former Starting QB Joe Flacco to Denver

The Ravens are giving the keys to the quarterback position for the foreseeable future to Lamar Jackson, as the team has agreed to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos.

The deal is ‘in place’ but according to Adam Schefter of ESPN cannot be completed until the new league year begins on March 13th.

As of now no comment can be made about the deal or the terms, but according to Schefter the deal will likely will be for a mid-round draft pick.

The Ravens are going to save considerable money on the deal, as they will be able to save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap.

The 34-year-old is a short term answer for Denver, who have the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and likely will be looking at quarterback.

In his career, all with Baltimore, Flacco has thrown for 38,245 with 212 touchdowns and 136 interceptions, and a QB rating of 84.1

Last season with Jackson waiting in the wings to take the QB job, Flacco was 4-5 as a starter, and threw for 2465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six picks.

Once he got hurt, it opened the door for Jackson and the team to change their offense in a big way, and they did so, running the ball more and they wound up winning the division going 10-6 before losing to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game in Baltimore.

Schefter in his report claims that the Broncos have been talking about Flacco and making a deal the week of the Super Bowl.

Title for Now Former Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome Not Yet Determined

Ozzie Newsome announced last February that he would be stepping down from his position as the general manager of the Ravens after the 2018 season and he made good on that promise, officially turning over the reins to protege Eric DeCosta on January 10.

But Newsome is not gone for good according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.com.

The 62-year-old is remaining with the Ravens in an advisory role but his exact title is yet to be determined. “I think that’s kind of a work in progress,” DeCosta told Shaffer. “I refer to him as the lord of all advisers. I don’t know what he’s going to be.”

DeCosta compared his relationship with Newsome to that of Michael and Vito Corleone in The Godfather, a movie DeCosta said he’s seen more than 250 times. The Ravens are obstensibly DeCosta’s team now after serving as the assistant GM since 2012 but it sounds like he plans on making very few moves without consulting with Newsome first. “Who better to help me make decisions and to navigate them than Ozzie Newsome?” DeCosta said. Considering that Newsome has led the Ravens to two Super Bowls since joining the organization in 1996, DeCosta may be on to something.

Lamar Jackson to Make Fourth NFL Start Vs Chiefs; Joe Flacco Inactive

Lamar Jackson is back under center today for the Ravens as they take on the Chiefs, Joe Flacco is inactive. Here’s the story:

Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson will make his fourth consecutive start over veteran Joe Flacco in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Flacco is inactive as he battles a hip injury.

Jackson was cleared from concussion protocol after exiting Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter. The rookie was accidentally kicked in the face by his own teammate and left the field under his own power. He re-entered the game in the fourth quarter.

Jackson has started for the Ravens during Flacco’s injury, leading Baltimore to three consecutive wins and a 7–5 record. As a starter, Jackson has thrown for 453 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions. He’s also rushed for 265 yards and two scores. The Ravens selected Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Get Ready for a Lot of QB Drama Over the Last Five Weeks with the Ravens

During his Monday press conference, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said “everything is on the table” with the team’s quarterback situation according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

That apparently includes splitting drives once veteran Joe Flacco is finally cleared after missing the past two games with a hip injury. “We’ll just do what gives us the best chance and try to use all of our players the best way we can,” Harbaugh said.

Splitting drives sounds like a disaster and probably will be but we are talking a desperate team fighting to make the playoffs with their long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome riding off into the sunset at the end of the season and Harbaugh desperately trying to save his job so anything seems possible.

Harbaugh has ramped up his hedging on Flacco’s status, suggesting he’s prepared to stick with Lamar Jackson even once Flacco gets cleared. Flacco is visiting the doctor on Monday.

Harbaugh said the issue is the “protection” of Flacco’s hip, and that it must be “strong and stable.” Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson is a work in progress but the team has won both games he has started and are back in the thick of the playoff picture. If Harbaugh truly wants to save his job, he would be foolish to mess with that success.