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NFL holding inaugural General Manager Forum this week

The NFL is hosting an inaugural General Manager Forum this week in an attempt to improve the number of minorities in front office positions, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports. The league named the virtual forum after Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens’ former General Manager. “I think it’s critical, and I’m glad [more]

John Harbaugh: It’s been a pleasure watching Alejandro Villanueva, Kevin Zeitler

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said in February that the team wanted to improve its pass protection this offseason and the ensuing months saw the team make several moves on the offensive line. They signed right guard Kevin Zeitler after he was released by the Giants while watching Matt Skura and D.J. Fluker leave as [more]

Report: Fox, ESPN in bidding war for Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III hasn’t called it quits yet, but if he decides to retire, the quarterback has a second career waiting for him. Fox and ESPN executives were “blown away” by Griffin in his recent auditions, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports, and “some said Griffin’s was among the top tryouts they have [more]

Who signs first: Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen?

Ravens coach John Harbaugh got it right the other day when he said that it’s basically a “done deal” that quarterback Lamar Jackson will sign a second contract. Jackson will indeed get a second deal. As will Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Still, someone has to go first. And whoever goes [more]

Lamar Jackson: It’s straight go-mode right now, the season is here

Offseason programs have come to a close around the NFL and players will be off until the start of training camp next month, but Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson doesn’t want his teammates to think of this as a break. During Jackson’s last media session before the start of camp, Jackson said that he’s seen “hard [more]

John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson is going to get paid, and he knows that

Lamar Jackson will get a long-term deal with the Ravens at some point. But until the contract is signed, sealed and delivered, the quarterback, General Manager Eric DeCosta and head coach John Harbaugh will receive questions about the extension. So when are the Ravens going to complete a deal with Jackson? Mike Garafolo of NFL [more]

Lamar Jackson, Zach Wilson decline to discuss vaccination status

For NFL players, vaccination status has relevance to media and fans because players who aren’t vaccinated will be at greater risk of being unavailable to practice and/or play, possibly without much advance notice. Thus, despite those who would try to shout down reporters who would inquire as to whether a player has been vaccinated, it’s [more]

Lamar Jackson: Sammy Watkins is going to make our job a lot easier

One of the major aspects of Baltimore’s offseason was to improve its receiving corps after the club finished last in passing offense. One way of doing that was to sign veteran wideout Sammy Watkins. Watkins spent the last three seasons with Kansas City, recording 129 catches for 1,613 yards with eight touchdowns in 34 regular-season [more]

Travis Kelce: AFC has good teams all over the place

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said recently that he thinks they and the Browns are “definitely neck and neck” when it comes to teams who can contend in the AFC, but that doesn’t end the list of teams that are on his radar heading into the 2021 season. Kelce was asked about that comment during [more]

Calais Campbell: I know I have this year in me and then we’ll see

Veteran defensive end Calais Campbell joined the Ravens for this week’s mandatory minicamp and acknowledged this might be the final one he takes part in as an NFL player. Campbell is heading into his 14th season and he’ll turn 35 years old shortly before the team’s first game of the regular season, which means that [more]

Derek Wolfe not practicing after recent bout with pneumonia

Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe won’t be practicing at minicamp this week, but there’s no contract issue to sort out. Wolfe signed a three-year extension with Baltimore this offseason, so everything is squared away on that front. Wolfe’s absence from the field has to do with a recent illness. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said [more]

Ravens have two days of open practice at minicamp

Many teams have made alterations to their offseason programs this year and some have gotten rid of mandatory minicamp altogether. The Ravens are not doing that. The team was scheduled for a three-day minicamp and will hold open practices on Tuesday and Wednesday before splitting up until training camp. A previous version of this post [more]

Panthers bring back Steve Smith, as an analyst

“89 is back in the building.” Eight years after Steve Smith last played for the Panthers, Smith will rejoin the team. The Panthers have announced that he’ll serve as the analyst for the TV broadcasts of the team’s preseason games. And Smith utters the line quoted above in the video announcing the move. The Panthers, [more]

Charles Clay worked out for Ravens

Charles Clay didn’t play any football in 2020, but it appears the veteran tight end hasn’t given up hope of continuing his playing career. Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Clay recently worked out for the Ravens. Clay played for the Cardinals in 2019 and caught 18 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown [more]

Ravens announce personnel department promotions

The Ravens announced a handful of promotions in their personnel department on Friday. Nick Matteo has been named the team’s vice president of football administration and will oversee day-to-day salary cap management along with other administrative duties. He is in his third year with the Ravens after spending 10 years working in the league office. [more]

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