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Ravens Lose Out on Bid to Land Free Agent DT Gerald McCoy

The Ravens pursuit of free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has fallen short, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the former Buccaneers tackle is signing with the Carolina Panthers.

The move will keep him in the NFC South, where he can fast his former team twice a season.

The report says that McCoy will be signing a one-year deal worth up to $10.25 million that includes a $4 million signing bonus.

Baltimore spent two days with McCoy, and a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson said that the meetings were ‘going well’ and also were ‘A+++’ but that wasn’t enough to sway him to wear purple in 2019.

The Ravens also were hopeful that McCoy’s strong relationship with Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen was enough to get him to Baltimore.

The six-time Pro Bowl DT was set to make $13 million this season if the Bucs would not have released him.

In his career he has put up 54.5 sacks, 296 tackles, 79 for a loss and 140 quarterback hits.

His sack totals rank fourth in the NFL among defensive tackles since 2010.

Ravens Come to Terms with Third-Round Draft Pick Jaylon Ferguson

The Ravens announced they have signed Jaylon Ferguson, the first of their two third-round picks, to a four-year contract.

That means Baltimore only has its two wide receiver draft picks, first rounder Marquise Brown and third rounder Miles Boykin, left to be signed.

Ferguson was the all-time sack leader in FBS history at Louisiana Tech with 45 career sacks, including 17 ½ sacks last season.

The previous record was 44 sacks set by former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, the franchise’s all-time sack leader who signed with the Arizona Cardinals during free agency this offseason.

The Ravens Will Have to Wait the Weekend to See if Gerald McCoy Will Come to Baltimore

The Ravens and their fans will have to wait the weekend to see if free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is going to be wearing purple or another uniform in 2019 and beyond.

NFL.com reports that McCoy, after visits with Baltimore, Cleveland and with the Carolina Panthers, will use the weekend to make a decision on what team to sign with.

Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network stated as well that McCoy could choose his team in time to be there for upcoming minicamps.

Of note, the Browns kick off their three-day minicamp on the weekend of June 4-6, while the Ravens and Panthers will hold their respective minicamps on June 11-13.

McCoy immediately found himself a wanted man in the wake of his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The six-time Pro Bowler first visited with the Browns, followed by the Ravens and Panthers.

If McCoy desires to play for a contender, he can’t go wrong with any of the teams.

The Ravens come off a 2018 season where they won the AFC North to make the postseason, while the Panthers have a talented foundation to turn around a disappointing 2018 campaign.

The Browns, though, are one of the more exciting teams in the league heading to the 2019 season with the offseason additions of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon. The trio joined a foundation anchored by second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive end Myles Garrett, among others.

Of the three teams vying for McCoy’s services, the Browns as of Friday afternoon have the most salary cap space with $32.6. The Ravens have $13.4 million and the Panthers sit on $8.5 million.

McCoy visited with the Browns first on his free agent tour, and then spent two days with the Ravens before moving on and chatting with the Panthers, who he knows very well from his time playing in Tampa with the Buccaneers.

Meeting Between Ravens and Free Agent DT Gerald McCoy ‘Going Well’

Today the Ravens are meeting with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, and his presence on the teams’ defense could be a big boost for the upcoming season.

The Ravens are competing with the Browns for McCoy’s services, but should have enough to ink him with $13.8 million in salary-cap space.

One thing that the Ravens have going for them is that McCoy has a strong relationship with Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen.

It sounds like they might just land the big man, as ESPN’s Josina Anderson said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that the meeting went well and that he might just stick around.

Ravens to Host Free Agent DT Gerald McCoy Tuesday

Baltimore is the next stop on the Gerald McCoy free agent tour as the veteran defensive tackle is scheduled to meet with the Ravens on Tuesday according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

There are rumors that Baltimore is the 31-year-old’s preferred destination after being released by the Buccaneers in a salary-cap move. McCoy visited the Browns on Friday but left town without a contract.

Cleveland is still thought to be in the running for Brown, but McCoy will hear the Ravens’ pitch before making his decision. McCoy reportedly prioritizes playing for a contender over making the most money.

In addition to Baltimore and Cleveland, the six-time Pro Bowler has also been linked to Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans.

QB Lamar Jackson Having Some Issues in the First Ravens OTA of 2019

Second-year Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson admits he is still having problems throwing the ball consistently according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

Hensley noted “several” of Jackson’s passes “wobbled through the air” at the first week of OTAs. And Jackson agreed that things just aren’t right yet from an accuracy standpoint.

“It’s been crazy. It’s been everywhere,” Jackson said of his throws. “I feel like my hand is a little too high on the football and that makes the ball go out of whack a lot.”

The Ravens are changing up their whole offense under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and at the same time, Jackson is obviously trying to fix his mechanics to become a better passer in a passing league. It’s going to be a work in progress and something that may truly never get totally fixed.

Jackson’s legs and leadership skills partly compensate for the iffy passing but, if Baltimore wants to return to the playoffs, Jackson has to improve upon his 58.2 percent completion rate and his 159.1 yards passing per game as a starter.

Ravens Ink Former Broncos OLB Shane Ray

Former Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray has inked a one-year deal to join the Baltimore Ravens pending a physical according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Originally the No.23 pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Missouri, Ray started his pro career off well with 12 sacks in his first two seasons and a stellar performance in the Broncos 2016 Super Bowl win.

Injuries and inconsistent play have plagued him since, however, as he ended up ended up missing 13 games to injury the last two years and generated a woeful two sacks in 19 games. The Brocnos declined his fifth-year option and allowed him to become a free agent this spring.

Ray took visits with the Colts, Raiders, and Seahawks earlier in free agency, but the Ravens now swoop in when free agents no longer affect the compensatory-pick formula.

The Ravens are in serious need of pass rushing help after enduring significant losses in free agency and Ray is definitely worth a flier. He turns 26 years old on Saturday.

Check out the Complete 2019 Baltimore Ravens Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Ravens fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Ravens slate!

Sept. 8 at Miami Dolphins 1:00
Sept. 15 Arizona Cardinals 1:00
Sept. 22 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Sept. 29 Cleveland Browns 1:00
Oct. 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00
Oct. 13 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Oct. 20 at Seattle Seahawks 4:25
Bye
Nov. 3 New England Patriots* 8:20
Nov. 10 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Nov. 17 Houston Texans 1:00
Nov. 25 at Los Angeles Rams (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 1 San Francisco 49ers 1:00
Dec. 8 at Buffalo Bills 1:00
Dec. 12 New York Jets (Thu) 8:20
Dec. 22 at Cleveland Browns 1:00
Dec. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00