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.

Ravens Bring Back Restricted Right Free Agent RB Terrance West

The Ravens have re-signed running back restricted rights free agent running back Terrance West to a one-year deal according to the team’s official website.

West, originally a third-round draft pick out of Towson by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, has thus far had an inauspicious start to his NFL career. Much of the problem seems to be related to his often ballooning weight. West was listed at 5’11/223 at the 2014 Scouting Combine but blew up to 234 during at least part of 2015. That along with fumbling issues, rumors of attitude problems, and generally mediocre play led to the Browns trading him for a conditional seventh round draft pick to the Tennessee Titans but he did not last long in Tennessee, getting released in November after only being active for one regular season game. The Ravens signed him to their practice squad and then promoted him to the regular roster after suffering a slew of injuries to their running backs corps. West rushed for 231 yards in eight games with the Ravens.

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Ravens Have “Unofficial” Agreement in Place with RB Trent Richardson

Running back Trent Richardson worked out for the Ravens this month and while he wasn’t signed immediately, he was told that the team was interested in adding him when he got in better shape, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

He’s apparently on the right track. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the team has an “unofficial” agreement with the former Alabama standout and he expects him to join the team in a couple of weeks.

“It’s in Trent’s court,” Harbaugh said, adding that general manager Ozzie Newsome and Richardson have been in contact regularly in recent weeks. “I text with Trent all the time. He’s keeping me posted on his training. I’m planning on Trent being a Raven right now. I’m kind of excited about it. Talking to him on the phone, I really like him. Here’s a high-caliber, high-draft pick guy that seems like he’s really motivated and wants to do well.”

Richardson, 25, did not play at all last season after he was let go by the Oakland Raiders late in the preseason. He was the third overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 draft, but his career went downhill following an impressive rookie season.

Ravens to Chat with Free Agent WR Mike Wallace Monday

Mike Wallace

The Ravens are looking to upgrade their wide out core this offseason, and one player they will speak to about possibly coming to the team is former Steelers, Dolphins and Vikings wide out Mike Wallace.

The 29-year old started 12 games last season in Minnesota, playing in all 16. He caught 39 passes for 473 yards and two scores. In his career he has 414 total catches for 6307 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Ravens Decline Option on DE Chris Canty

Chris Canty

The Ravens have declined the 2016 option for defensive end Chris Canty according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Ravens are purging their roster of veterans in an attempt to emerge from salary cap hell and free enough money to re-sign valued free agents like OL Kelechi Osemele and kicker Justin Tucker.

The 33-year-old Canty is one of the top run-stopping defensive ends in the NFL but comes with durability concerns, as he spent the last seven games of 2015 on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle and has not played a full 16-game regular season schedule since 2011.

The move frees up $2.15 million in cap room for the Ravens. Canty has toyed with retirement the past two offseasons but should have little trouble finding work if he chooses to play in 2016.

Ravens and QB Joe Flacco Agree to Three-Year Extension

Joe Flacco

The Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco have agreed on a new three-year extension, one that will pay him a whopping $66.3 million with $44 million of it guaranteed.

The deal will help the Ravens in terms of their cap number, as they were looking to lower his $28.55 million dollar cap number, which is the 3rd biggest in the NFL.

The team wanted to get the deal done before free agency kicks off on March 9th.

WR Steve Smith Announces He Will Return in 2016

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Ravens wide out Steve Smith has announced that he’s not going to retire, but will be back for a 16th NFL season. Smith’s season was cut short, so instead of walking away he’ll return to finish his three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Ravens.

The wide out will turn 37 in May.

Steelers vs Ravens NFL Week 16 Inactives

Steelers inactives: Mike Vick, Jacoby Jones, WR Sammie Coates, RB Jordan Todman, OLB Anthony Chickillo, OT Byron Stingily and DE L.T. Walton

Ravens inactives: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Marlon Brown, RB Terrence Magee, CB Jumal Rolle, CB Jermaine Whitehead, LB Albert McClellan and DE Kapron Lewis-Moore