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Ravens Release Statement on Coronavirus Situation in the NFL

The Ravens have released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, and how it is effecting most of the major sports leagues, including now the NFL.

No NFL event has been cancelled or pushed back, but things could get tricky if the situation continues around the country.

Ravens Guard Marshal Yanda Set to Retire Prior to 2020 Season

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda plans to retire this off-season.

The Ravens announced Yanda’s retirement Tuesday. Yanda, 35, spent his entire 13-year NFL tenure with the Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman joined the AFC North franchise in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Yanda was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013. He started 15 games in 2019 after starting all 16 games in 2018. Yanda missed just two starts from 2010 through 2015.

Yanda was one of the best offensive lineman in NFL history and will likely be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Ravens will gain about $7 million in salary cap space after losing Yanda.

What’s the Status of the Ravens Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

Last draft the Ravens hit a homer with picking up ‘Hollywood’ Marquise Brown, who would lead the team in yards and catches in 2019.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Ravens receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Marquise Brown (46-584-7), Willie Snead (31-339-5), Seth Roberts (21-271-2 — UFA).

Don’t let the fact that Ravens receivers were targeted only 182 times, the fewest in the NFL, fool you — the value of the space they created on the field far exceeded what can be captured by traditional stat-sheet metrics. In terms of measuring the impact of a WR when they aren’t the intended target, I factor in down, distance, score, defensive alignment and personnel to create an off-ball “score” that helps quantify the likelihood that a team will earn a first down or touchdown. Brown’s off-ball score increased over the course of his rookie year to the point that his score over the last seven games of the season would have ranked in the top seven if extended over a full season. It’s also worth noting that Baltimore leaned extensively on its tight ends; Mark Andrews led the team with 64 catches, 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, while Ravens tight ends collected 42.5 percent of the team’s targets (180 of 424) and 43.3 percent of its receptions (125 of 289).

Who Would the Ravens Franchise if They Use the Tag This Offseason?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Ravens, who they say will likely have to use the tag on linebacker Matthew Judon.

A career-best and team-high 9½ sacks will probably make it hard to let OLB Matt Judon walk.

Ravens Expected to Place Tag on Linebacker Matt Judon

In retweeting a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicating that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to push back the franchise and transition tag windows, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com made a seemingly offhand, but still important, observation.

Hensley tweeted that the new window is relevant to the Ravens, who are expected to tag linebacker Matt Judon, Rory Parks of Profootball Rumors reports.

The fact that Baltimore plans to tag Judon is not surprising. The Ravens could look for trade partners for Judon once he’s tagged — the tag-and-trade market for edge rushers was rather robust last season — and they will certainly continue to negotiate their own contract with him.

The problem is that Judon has proven himself to be a good player, but not necessarily a player worthy of a deal that could approach an AAV of $20MM. He can dominate a game but does not do so routinely, and though he earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2019, that largely seemed to be a function of the team’s overall success.

On the other hand, the Ravens need a proven commodity at pass rusher, and beyond Judon, they don’t have one. They have high hopes for 2019 third-rounder Jaylon Ferguson, but the jury is still out on him, and it’s unlikely that any of the league’s other top edge rushers eligible for free agency will actually hit the open market. And Baltimore did let Za’Darius Smith walk in free agency last year because it deemed his price tag too rich, only to see Smith break out for the Packers.

Ravens Reward Safety Chuck Clark with a Three-Year Extension Worth $16 Million

The Ravens are bringing back Chuck Clark, as the team announced on Monday they have signed him to a three-year contract extension.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth $16 million over three years, including $10 million in guarantees.

The safety stepped up in a big way in 2019, as he played in all 16 games with the team, starting 12 games.

He put up 73 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, one interception and one sack.

Clark stepped up for Tony Jefferson who missed most of the season with a knee injury. Jefferson is entering the final season of his four-year deal in 2020 and it’s likely Clark will step in to take his spot after the 2020 season.

Clark came to the team has a sixth-round pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Could QB Robert Griffin Be on the Chopping Block for the Ravens This Offseason?

Numberfire.com has out a list of one player for each AFC team they think might be on the chopping block this offseason.

For the Ravens the site has picked QB Robert Griffin as the player that could find himself released. Here’s what they have to say about RG3 getting cut.

Baltimore Ravens – QB Robert Griffin

Dead Cap Hit $500K, Cap Saving $2M

The Baltimore Ravens, despite their crushing loss in the AFC Divisional Round, are set up for success in 2020 with the retention of both coordinators and the youthful makeup of their roster. There are no names among the skill position players that immediately leap out as someone that can be removed for easy money, to be honest.

Robert Griffin III is a saving they could make if the team is confident that Trace McSorley can adequately backup Lamar Jackson. That said, his release wouldn’t free up all that much ($2 Million to be exact), and the Ravens are not exactly in need of the saving.

Reliving Some of the Thrilling Moments of the Ravens 2019 Season

While there are still a lot of bitter feelings over what took place last week in Baltimore in the AFC Divisional Playoff game, no one can deny that the Ravens had an amazing 2019 campaign.

The club won 14 out of 16 regular season games, winning 14 straight after an early season loss at home to the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens were favorites in most of their games once they got on a roll, and checking bet-ny you can see that the team steamrolled through most of the competition the last few months of 2019.

It was a season to remember with sensational plays from young players like second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, and a defense that dominated most of the offenses that they played throughout the season.

The team was so good which is why the the loss at home 28-16 to the Tennessee Titans was such a crazy shock. The Birds just never showed signs of a letdown as they ran through the competition, and it looked like it was all lining up for a long playoff run.

But that wasn’t the case, and today we go back and try to give the fans something fun to look back on, reliving some of the great moments that the Ravens had during the 2019 campaign.

1. An Opening Day Dominance

The Ravens went to Miami on opening day and while there were questions about Lamar Jackson and him throwing the football, all that he did was hit just about every pass, completing both long and short passes.

He was teased in the postgame on if he was a pure pocket passer, and he showed during the win that those were questions that didn’t need to be asked anymore.

It was the start of a sensational season for Jackson.

2. Taking a Chance in Seattle

The Seahawks and Ravens were deadlocked at 13 in a week seven game in Seattle, but despite being on the road that didn’t stop the team from being aggressive and taking chances.

The team went for it on a 4th-and-3 and converted, sending a message that they were not going to be intimated by the Hawks rough and tough defense, and it set up a score that gave them the lead and they never looked back.

The Birds all season took chances on fourth down, and it paid off just about every time, with Jackson making great plays and converting the chances they gave him.

Look for even more of that in 2020.

3. Just that Fast

The Ravens were in a dogfight by the Lakefront in Cleveland on December 22nd, and actually found themselves trailing the Browns by a score of 6-0 late in the second quarter.

That’s when the Ravens went to work, as they started to impose their will on defense, coming up with some big plays late in the first half, and converting them to score two touchdowns in a super quick fashion.

The key was tight end Mark Andrews, who scored on a broken play a 39-yard score, and then again on a 14-yard score with nine seconds left in the quarter.

The two scores keyed the Ravens runaway win, and they were able to dominate one of the two teams that beat them in the regular season, walking out of Cleveland with a 31-15 win.

It showed again how good and effective that the Ravens offense could be when pushed up against the wall.