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Ravens were waiting to take Terrance West

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It’s been nearly 20 years since Baltimore stole the Browns from Cleveland.  From now until pretty much the end of time, Cleveland will relish any chance to exact a measure of revenge.

The Browns got one nine days ago, when they traded up with San Francisco to the 94th overall pick in the draft to snag Towson running back Terrance West.  Via Cleveland.com, West said Saturday that the Ravens were ready to take him five spots later in round three.

“They texted my agent and told him they were going to take me,” West said. “The Browns came up before them and I’m here now. It’s all about the Browns, man.”

A native of the Baltimore area, West had been a Ravens fan. But he has quickly changed allegiances.

“It didn’t really matter,” West said of Cleveland’s coup. “I’m looking forward to [playing the Ravens twice a season]. Can’t wait [but] I’m going to look at every game as the same. . . . We have a goal and that’s to win a championship.”

The Ravens have achieved that goal twice since the Browns moved to Baltimore and changed their name.

Baltimore filled its need at running back a round later, taking Coastal Carolina’s Lorenzo Taliaferro with pick 138. The addition of Taliaferro, the desire for West, the arrival of Justin Forsett, and the presence of Bernard Pierce should invite speculation that Ray Rice’s days could be numbered in the town that bogarted the Browns.

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33 Responses to “Ravens were waiting to take Terrance West”
  1. 700levelvet says: May 18, 2014 1:55 PM

    Art Modell was a pimp… I don’t blame anyone from Cleveland wanting to see his head on a spit… Tose tried to do the same thing to the Eagles

  2. barsfordays says: May 18, 2014 1:56 PM

    This guys college numbers were Madden-esque. I’d put him at the No.2 RB of this draft class behind only Bishop Sankey. This kid will be a stud

  3. husky2score says: May 18, 2014 2:01 PM

    I hope the best for West but I can guarantee him that his career will not go anywhere as long as he is in the Factory of Sadness.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2014 2:10 PM

    With that act, the earth’s axis shifted and everything changed.

  5. smartstickhotness says: May 18, 2014 2:14 PM

    Players should keep quiet about text messages or they will end up in Cleveland. Poor guy

  6. ytownie says: May 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    Considering our situation at WR, I’m guessing we’re going to see a lot of Ben Tate and this kid this year.

  7. Fruitland Generic Citizen says: May 18, 2014 2:20 PM

    Maybe if Cleveland decided it wanted to keep its team and not spend over $1 BILLION on a baseball stadium, a NBA arena and a stupid Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Museum, they could have upgraded the Mistake By The Lake and kept the Browns.

    And how long again was Cleveland without a team? 20 minutes before Tags made his announcement guaranteeing a replacement? Too bad Baltimore didn’t get the same treatment in 1984 or the Browns never would have had to move in the first place.

  8. chinahand11 says: May 18, 2014 2:21 PM

    I wish this kid the best.

  9. hjb99992013 says: May 18, 2014 2:23 PM

    I dont understand why the Ravens would text him and tell him they are taking him

    makes me wonder if the ravens pulled one on Cleveland

  10. mrfrostyj says: May 18, 2014 2:33 PM

    Don’t understand the Browns bashing other than I guess no one actually pays attention to NFL stats. Any running back should DREAM to go to Cleveland and have to run behind their PRO BOWL offensive line.

    Unless I’m mistaken and guys like Peyton Hillis and Trent Richardson didn’t go from major star to “how did they get into the NFL in the first place” once they left Cleveland? Richardson can’t find an open whole to save his life and still ran for 900+ yards his rookie season. How’d he do with the Colts again?

  11. pfu2 says: May 18, 2014 2:33 PM

    This guy looks like a wrecking ball, 5’9″ 225 lbs, Browns running game got a major boost with Ben Tate, Terrance West & UDFA Isaiah Crowell.

  12. 700levelvet says: May 18, 2014 2:39 PM

    Modell was broke, due to his bad business acumen and looking for handouts…

  13. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: May 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    Yet another article about how the big bad Ravens stole the browns.. Too bad we never hear about the Colts, Rams, or Titans (to name only a few) and how they (in the shadiest sense) stole teams away from cities. Too bad many fans don’t realize the role the previous commish (and current commish) had in making sure Baltimore never got a team back.

    Good luck to West!

  14. hugeredskinsfan says: May 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    I completely agree mrfrostyj… RBs love to go to Clevland. I think Terrence West has a good opportunity to be a successful pro.

  15. evansvc says: May 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    What would it hurt??? Take a look at Vince Young….

  16. cguy7 says: May 18, 2014 3:03 PM

    The City of Cleveland refused to “bail out” Art Modell, who was a poor business man. He did great things for the NFL, but handled his personal business affairs in a reckless manor. The City of Baltimore seized the opportunity. His son David’s nose was subsequently filled with mysterious white powder based on his new found wealth – and the rest is history. Ray Farmer knew the board and where he needed to position himself and the team.

  17. barkhardandloud says: May 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    West beats out Tate by Week 4, Browns will have 4 Rookie of the Year nominees.

    Manziel,(QB)West(RB),Gilbert(CB),Desire(FS) maybe even Binonio (RG) Oh, and even Kirksey is no slouch.

    Its possible the Browns had the Best draft in years, in the NFL, per Draft/Start/Probowl caliber in the same season as being drafted. Every single player they drafted, are major sleepers, that got picked before the other teams could.

    I didnt even talk about Crowell they got as a UDFA, who will be the Next Josh Cribbs, and throw in Ray Agnews’ kid at FB,..

    JFF beats out Hoyer, and JFF SINGLE HANDEDLY destroys Pitt in week 1.

  18. maestro1899 says: May 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    Why would a team text and agent? Obviously the agent will use that to shop to other teamns. (“If oyu don’t take him now, BAL will in 3 picks..)

    No way. Not buying it.

  19. bjsdad says: May 18, 2014 4:14 PM

    There must be a crying contest going on between Cleveland and Pittsburgh fans

  20. ravensterps says: May 18, 2014 5:19 PM

    If his goal is to win a championship, I’m sorry he went to the Browns. He would have been a hometown hero here in Baltimore and actually would have had a shot at a Super Bowl. Tough break, kid.

  21. watermelon1 says: May 18, 2014 5:41 PM

    Shouldn’t rookies be banned from talking about what teams WERE trying to draft them? Doesn’t that sort of seem like it is giving away some sort of strategy or evaluation measure that the league would want to control?

    Plus if I’m the team that drafts him I don’t want any possible statement sounding like my player wishes he was on another team… Whether that’s the furthest thing from what they said or not.

    As a rookie, keep other teams names out of your mouth.

  22. mrfrostyj says: May 18, 2014 5:59 PM

    maestro1899 says: May 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    Why would a team text and agent? Obviously the agent will use that to shop to other teamns. (“If oyu don’t take him now, BAL will in 3 picks..)

    No way. Not buying it.

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    Because it was the later rounds of the draft where the guys are basically just sitting at home doing whatever and teams only have 5 minutes to pick. Only the guys in rounds 1 and 2 get the song and dance “Disney World” treatment. It’s not out of the ordinary for a team to let a guy know that they’re going to be picked by them eventually just for another team to do it.

  23. ravens2xworldchamps says: May 18, 2014 7:22 PM

    Stole the browns? As far as I’m concerned Cleveland still has their colors, history, and still no Super Bowls. Wanna talk about stealing? Talk to the fellas in Indianapolis.

  24. kingdiamond5 says: May 18, 2014 7:58 PM

    I guess it was ok that that Irasy moved the Colts out of Baltimore in the middle of the night give me a break with this crybaby stuff about how the city of Cleveland got screwed over.

  25. simonator917 says: May 18, 2014 10:12 PM

    Yet another article about how the big bad Ravens stole the browns.. Too bad we never hear about the Colts, Rams, or Titans (to name only a few) and how they (in the shadiest sense) stole teams away from cities. Too bad many fans don’t realize the role the previous commish (and current commish) had in making sure Baltimore never got a team back.
    =============
    I think because Cleveland IS football. I live in L.A. and I was more upset when the Browns left C-town than I was when the Rams and Raiders both left Los Angeles.

  26. oldcracker says: May 18, 2014 10:19 PM

    Many fans have been hurt by the egos of the billionaire owners, throughout the history professional sports. It’s their money and their property and they can do whatever the Hell they want. They make that evident over and over again.

    Yet, they want the tax payers to pay for their new bandbox and the latest toys over and over again. What other business gets away with that? Now, teams are losing a home game to play in London. Why? What have the limies contributed to the costs of new stadiums?

    Remember that the next time they hold your city hostage with the threats of leaving.

  27. dws123 says: May 19, 2014 12:06 AM

    Ravens fans love to repeat to themselves the Browns relocation had something to do with the stadium.

    The truth, of course, is that Modell was a slimy weasel that didn’t know how to manage his finances and when he went searching through back allies looking for a sugar daddy, the city of Baltimore got down on all fours and let Art slide right in.

    Rot, Art.

  28. skjwood says: May 19, 2014 12:19 AM

    Was hat a tough 3 years without a team,Cleveland? Boo fn hoo. Get over it.

    You know what Indy ? Keep the horseshoes! I’m over that.

    We have our Ravens, 2 Super Bowl rings, unmatched success the past 6 years by any other team in the AFC North. If Cleveland is still obsessed with this, it’s on them. Baltimore is Ravens Country now. And f in proud of it.

  29. tinytoolalldrool says: May 19, 2014 6:10 AM

    The season can’t get here soon enough. It might be interesting in this division this year.

  30. ratbirdking says: May 19, 2014 10:43 AM

    Good luck in Cleveland! There’s always room on the Ravens practice squad for you!

  31. sbchampsagain says: May 19, 2014 2:20 PM

    That certainly explains West’s down demeanor when he was interviewed after the pick.
    The kid’s dream of playing for his successful hometown team was about to occur, when suddenly, he gets picked by a team that’s never won a Super Bowl and has only been to the playoffs once in the past 20 years. I would be disappointed too.

  32. reed20fence says: May 19, 2014 6:38 PM

    This just in, the Raven’s are completely denying the alleged text to the agent. The agent is a liar who manipulated Ray Farmer by fabricating texts.

  33. ravensmike410 says: May 20, 2014 9:35 AM

    I would have loved to have seen West playing in the black and purple. I hope he has a really successful career, except for two games a year. Then I hope he sucks.

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