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Mar 20, 2017
Brandon Carr introductory press conference highlights

Brandon Carr introductory press conference highlights

Just one week ago, the Ravens stabilized its secondary with the signing of former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. Today the signing became official, as Carr arrived in Owings Mills and put pen to paper. In addition, Carr, as well as John Harbaugh and Dean Pees, held a introductory press conference for the newest Raven today. Carr noted that one of the biggest factors for him in choosing Baltimore was the previous moves the Ravens had made this offseason. With the signings of Tony Jefferson and Brandon Williams, the Ravens proved that they were committed to improving on the...
Mar 20, 2017
Matt Skura could be the Ravens next starting center

Matt Skura could be the Ravens next starting center

After Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, many have been speculating who will be the next starting center for Baltimore. Nick Mangold signing to the Ravens has been the most attractive short-term solution, on paper. However, for a more a long-term solution, the Ravens could look internally. It is not John Urschel or Ryan Jensen, but Matt Skura who could shine as the starting center. Skura stands at 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds. His most impressive physical feature is his long 35.25 inch reach, as per NFL.com. Skura is built similar to Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis, who was PFF’s top...
Mar 19, 2017
Why the Ravens should not target a free agent wide receiver

Why the Ravens should not target a free agent wide receiver

Ozzie Newsome and his staff have been incredibly active on the free agent market thus far, landing Tony Jefferson, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Williams and Brandon Carr. Of the biggest three needs for the team, wide receiver, cornerback and pass rusher, only one was address (cornerback with Carr). With the loss of Steve Smith Sr., and possibly Kamar Aiken, the Ravens lack a true number one playmaking receiver. The Ravens have publicly stated that they are looking for a veteran possession receiver, which they still can find on the free agent market, but the Ravens should avoid signing a free...
Mar 18, 2017
Who are the top 10 remaining free agents based on the Ravens needs?

Who are the top 10 remaining free agents based on the Ravens needs?

The initial wave of free agency has passed. The Ravens have been very active on the free agent market, but it doesn't seem like they are done yet. Their are still glaring needs to be addressed on the roster, and thus, the below list of the top 10 remaining free agents based on the Ravens needs. 1) Nick Mangold, C, New York Jets Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Mangold’s place at the top of this list should not come as much of a surprise. As of now, the Ravens do not have a clear cut option to play center next season. In fact, Matt Skura and John Urschel are the only...
Mar 17, 2017
Kamar Aiken set to visit the Colts today, and the Seahawks on Monday.

Kamar Aiken set to visit the Colts today, and the Seahawks on Monday.

The Ravens free agent receiver is finally getting some visits. Before the start of free agency, it was previously reported that six teams were interested in the services of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken. Coming off a frustrating season, Aiken was hoping teams would look past a 2016 year that saw his playing time decrease and focus more on the kind of player that he can be, as was displayed in 2015. Unfortunately, for Aiken, his market has been rather slow to develop and he has had to watch the first wave of free agency as his fellow Ravens teammates got big contracts. Players...
Mar 17, 2017
Will Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr be successful in Baltimore?

Will Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr be successful in Baltimore?

A review of the best and worst defensive back signings in Ravens history Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has prioritized the defensive backfield this offseason by signing safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Brandon Carr. Acquiring Jefferson on a 4-year, $34 million agreement and Carr with a 4-year, $24 million pact was wise considering the Ravens style of play produces many close games that are decided late in the fourth quarter. Despite the narrative, Newsome has consistently addressed the safety and cornerback positions in free agency throughout his tenure in Baltimore....
Mar 17, 2017
Baltimore Ravens front office striking while the iron is hot

Baltimore Ravens front office striking while the iron is hot

Window of opportunity is open It’s clear the Ravens are after the Lombardi Trophy for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Ozzie and Eric both know the teams window is wide open; they’re seizing the opportunity. One of Baltimore’s divisional opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered multiple losses during the free agency frenzy. Andrew Whitworth, their best offensive lineman, signed with the Los Angeles Rams. On multiple occasions Whitworth stone-walled Terrell Suggs. He’s a top left tackle, regardless of his age. Cincy also lost Kevin Zeitler, one of the best young guards in the NFL,...
Mar 17, 2017
Poll: Should the Ravens sign free agent center Nick Mangold?

Poll: Should the Ravens sign free agent center Nick Mangold?

It is no secret that Baltimore has two big holes on the offensive line, right tackle and center. With the Ravens in the market for a new starting center, should they target free agent Nick Mangold? It was not surprising to see Jeremy Zuttah leave Baltimore, but the question is now what? Can the Ravens trust John Urschel or Ryan Jensen? The answer is no, unless they want the same results from last year. Is Mangold going to be the long-term solution? Obviously not, he is 33 years old. However, it is worth noting that Matt Birk came to Baltimore when he was 33 and delivered four good years....
Mar 16, 2017
CB Brandon Carr signs 4 year deal with the Ravens

CB Brandon Carr signs 4 year deal with the Ravens

According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Ravens have signed former Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr to a 4 year deal. We have reached a 4-year agreement with CB Brandon Carr.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 16, 2017 Of the signing, general manager Ozzie Newsome said, “This is a good football player. We got better today.” Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal is in total worth $24 million. In addition, Schefter reported that the deal is actually a one year deal with three years of options. Schefter believes that he will only be in Baltimore for two years....
Mar 16, 2017
Report: Ravens offering Morris Claiborne “around $5 million per year”

Report: Ravens offering Morris Claiborne “around $5 million per year”

The Ravens have been heavily linked to Cowboys free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne over the past week. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports recently reported that many around the league believe the corner will land in Baltimore. Now, La Canfora reports the money that the Ravens are offering to Claiborne. “Cornerback Morris Claiborne is still trying to get as close to the $7.5 million the Bears shockingly gave to Prince Amukamara,” La Canfora writes, “but having a hard time getting it. Heard the Ravens are around $5 million per year and that could be where the veteran is headed.”...
Mar 16, 2017
Expert’s Mock Draft Roundup: Ravens first round predictions

Expert’s Mock Draft Roundup: Ravens first round predictions

Post Scouting Combine and the first wave of Free Agency With the 2017 NFL draft is six weeks away, the first round is beginning to come into focus. A general consensus player ranking has formed after scouts had an opportunity to compare prospects side by side at the scouting combine. And the first wave of free agency has concluded, bringing further clarity to individual team positional needs. Teams with early selections have likely narrowed their options down to a handful of players for further analysis. Most draftniks have released several versions of their mock drafts by now, and this...
Mar 15, 2017
The Baltimore Ravens trade C Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens trade C Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers

After earlier reports today that the Ravens planned to release Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens have found a trade partner for the 2016 Pro Bowl center, the San Francisco 49ers according to the team’s official Twitter account. We have traded center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers and swapped sixth-round picks: https://t.co/ar90cvKkjL pic.twitter.com/9IkamyQhDt— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 15, 2017 The Ravens will also send the 198th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to the 49ers, while the Ravens receive the 186th pick in return. In other words, the Ravens will move up 12 spots in...
Mar 15, 2017
Baltimore Beatdown staff roundtable: Discussing the Ravens offseason, free agency and draft prospect fits

Baltimore Beatdown staff roundtable: Discussing the Ravens offseason, free agency and draft prospect fits

Our staff analyzes the Baltimore Ravens offseason maneuvers thus far, and highlight several free agents and draft prospects that would help the team reach the postseason next season. 1. What are your overarching thoughts on the Ravens offseason so far? Jacob Louque - The front office seems intent on pushing this team into the double digit win column, and I'd wager that a few more nice moves would get them there. Jefferson and Woodhead provide provide different dimensions to both sides of the field, and having Williams back will be huge for the front seven. Brian Malan - So far, I love how...
Mar 15, 2017
The Ravens release C Jeremy Zuttah

The Ravens release C Jeremy Zuttah

The Ravens will say good bye to its 2016 Pro Bowl center The Baltimore Ravens have continued their string of releasing players today as the team will reportedly cut ties with their starting center of the last three seasons, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. Looks like #Ravens bidding adieu to veteran OL Jeremy Zuttah. Person apprised of team's plans says he'll be released today, 6 days into FA.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 15, 2017 Jeremy Zuttah is the latest of these expected Ravens cuts that many believed would happen this offseason. Zuttah's release comes...
Mar 15, 2017
Ravens front office moves underscore the need for Harbaugh to deliver in ‘17

Ravens front office moves underscore the need for Harbaugh to deliver in ‘17

The longtime leader of the purple and black is officially under pressure The Baltimore Ravens have one of the most well respected head in coaches in the NFL in John Harbaugh, but after failure to qualify for post season play in three of the last four years, it's fair to wonder where exactly he ranks among the pantheon of the league’s best leading men. General manager Ozzie Newsome’s recent moves in free agency suggest that he believes in Harbaugh, and has taken it upon himself to ensure that the cupboard is stocked. The team is suited and booted for a return to the playoffs in 2017....