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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

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.

Report: Lamar Jackson to Get the Start for Ravens Sunday Against Raiders

The hip injury that has sidelined Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is still bothering him to the point where he’s going to miss another game, as rookie QB Lamar Jackson will get the start Sunday for the Ravens against the Oakland Raiders.

Jackson was impressive in his debut last week against the Bengals, rushing 26 times for 119 yards, and throwing for another 150 yards in the 24-21 win.

Can Lamar Jackson Lead the Ravens Past a History of Tough Road Decembers and Into the Playoffs?

After a 3-1 start the Baltimore Ravens seemed to go in the tank, ruining what likely (from all the rumors) will be the final season in Baltimore for head coach John Harbaugh.

With the coach stepping away after this season, it’s understandable for the team to have their thoughts elsewhere, but with a win over the Bengals at home last week, the Ravens suddenly have their sights set on a wild card spot in the AFC, and might just have the best chance at the sixth overall seed.

When looking at the latest odds, which you can see it here, the Ravens have six huge games left if they want to get to the postseason, but have a trek that might not be as daunting as some might think.

What could be the biggest key is that they probably are going to need to win once or twice in their final three road games, which is not going to be easy as history states.

The team will travel for a huge game in Atlanta against the Falcons, and also play at Kansas City Chiefs and at the Los Angeles Chargers.

When looking at the Ravens history of winning on the road in December, it’s simply not good. Since 2015, the Ravens has won once on the road in December, and if you don’t remember that, it was a lackluster win last season against a Cleveland Browns team that didn’t win a game in 2017.

On the positive side, the team is sixth right now in the playoff race, and one thing they have going for them is a rookie quarterback in Lamar Jackson who in his first NFL start against the Bengals showed no fear, and he doens’t seem to care about the past when it comes to this team not winning on the road in December.

Jackson’s ability to run the ball is right up there with the likes of Michael Vick in his prime, and it gave the Bengals (as would be expected) fits in his first start last week at home.

Teams are going to get more tape on Jackson and likely have better game plans than that of the Bengals, but for now it was fun to watch a different look to the Ravens offense with Jackson under center and running every which way but loose, and the team seemed energized by it.

The playoffs are in sight, despite the history of the team not winning in December, but with Jackson anything is possible at this point.

Ravens OL Marshal Yanda Says He Never Spit on Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict

An outraged Marshal Yanda denied spitting on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

“I take a lot of pride in my character and how I was raised,” said Yanda, a Pro Bowl guard for the Baltimore Ravens. “I would never, ever spit on another man, another person, individual ever.”

The sequence in question occurred in the fourth quarter after Burfict tackled Baltimore running back Alex Collins and a minor scuffle ensued involving several players.

Video from the CBS broadcast of the game shows spit coming from Yanda’s mouth while Burfict was on the ground after the play, and Burfict had no apparent reaction.

“The video, some people are taking it crazy, but all I was doing was wiping the spit off my helmet, away from the ground,” Yanda said Wednesday. “I swiped at it to make sure that it didn’t land on anybody. I don’t know if you guys know, during the course of a game, I’m like a heavy spitter. The adrenaline is fired up, and I’m spitting all the time — sidelines, on the field, but not on anyone ever.”

Neither Burfict nor the Bengals have publicly commented on the incident.

Yanda learned of the video at 9 a.m. Monday while heading to a charity event and was stunned that people assumed he spit on Burfict.

“It’s just unfortunate that it got twisted,” Yanda said. “My integrity and my character is being called in question because that does really matter to me. It’s really unfortunate. That would never be anything that would ever even be fathomed in my mind. That’s not the player I am.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh strongly defended Yanda on Monday.

“This guy has been playing 11 years and played at the University of Iowa, for whoever wrote the article that makes the insinuation, have you ever heard of Marshal Yanda’s character being attacked or him doing something along those lines ever in his whole career?” Harbaugh asked rhetorically. “But now all of a sudden, we’re going to say, ‘Oh, I know Marshal Yanda spit at somebody.’ Really? Come on, there’s no way.”

Report: Ravens OL Marshal Yanda Spat at Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has the reputation-and deservingly so-for being one of the NFL’s dirtiest players but he was the recipient of a dirty play by Ravens offensive lineman Marshal Yanda on Sunday according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football

Yanda reportedly spat at Burfict as the linebacker was lying on the ground. Smith stated that the video of the incident is clear: There’s a pileup with some pushing and shoving on both sides, and Burfict is in the middle of it, as he so often is. But afterward, Yanda stood up and leaned over Burfict, and spit clearly came out of Yanda’s mouth and toward Burfict. It is unclear whether the spit actually landed on Burfict as the linebacker did not react but the intent was clear.

The NFL has disciplined players for spitting on opponents in the past and Yanda should expect a hefty chunk taken out of his paycheck later in the week.