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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

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.