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Niner Nation

T.J. Ward hinted some interest in the 49ers

In a recent KNBR appearance, Ward talked about the 49ers draft and then hinted maybe he should be brought in. The one addition the San Francisco 49ers did not make in free agency was addressing the free safety position. Well, besides signing Jimmie Ward for an additional year. Earl Thomas may have been a fit, but he signed with the Baltimore Ravens. But don’t worry, there’s still a pool of players available and T.J. Ward may have hinted he’d like a phone call. In a recent KNBR appearance, Ward offered some thoughts on what the 49ers may do in the 2019 draft and his feelings towards...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys receive a positive grade for their free agency efforts to date

As much flak as they take, some see the wisdom in the Cowboys free agent strategy. Grades for free agency? Already? Sure, why not. Bleacher Report took a stab at handing out grades for the efforts of each team so far in free agency. They were pretty harsh graders. Not even the signing of Earl Thomas could save the Baltimore Ravens from getting a D grade. The Cincinnati Bengals got an F! So how did the Dallas Cowboys fare? Pretty well. The Cowboys received an overall grade of B+ that could turn into an A with one move. The context around each grade was broken down into four categories. What...

Revenge of the Birds

Three free agent defensive linemen who could make sense for the Arizona Cardinals

The second wave of free agency is on its way and hopefully the Arizona Cardinals will be somewhat involved. Not because they have massive needs left, they do as both John and Tyler explained, but because there are some great bargains that could help the Arizona Cardinals continue to build a competent roster for 2019. Here are three along the defensive line that could be immediate starters for the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. Timmy Jernigan, DT: Jernigan did his best work with the Baltimore Ravens in their attacking 34 defense. Getting teamed back up with Terrell Suggs as well as Jordan Hicks...

Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs offensive lineman Jordan Devey signed by Oakland Raiders

Devey impressed before being injured in 2018, but has left for the Raiders in free agency Kansas City Chiefs reserve offensive lineman (and free agent) Jordan Devey has been signed by the Oakland Raiders, per a report from Pro Football Talk. Raider snatching OL Jordan Devey from Chiefs on one-year deal per source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 21, 2019 Devey, 31, entered the league as an undrafted free agent for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. He spent time with the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers before the Chiefs claimed him on waivers in the spring of...

The Phinsider

Bargain Hunting: Free agent fits for the Dolphins

The Dolphins have plenty of roster holes to fill, and many free agents are still on the open market. The first wave of free agency has come and gone and most of the big ticket players have found new homes. Le’Veon Bell joined the New York Jets, Nick Foles flew south to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Earl Thomas swapped coastlines to team up with the Baltimore Ravens. With the Miami Dolphins sitting out and saving cap space for the team’s rebuilding project, who’s left to help fill Miami’s vast set of needs? Thus far, the Dolphins have signed Dwayne Allen and Clive Walford to...

Behind the Steel Curtain

Podcast: Steelers addressing needs in free agency, but did they do enough in the suddenly star-studded AFC North?

Discuss all things Steelers and beyond as BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis and Tony Defeo comment on the latest news of the Steeler Nation, The Steelers have added CB Steven Nelson, WR Donte Moncrief and ILB Mark Barron in the last week. However, the Ravens and Browns have made bigger moves. Are the transactions that Colbert and company have made big enough to keep up in the suddenly potent division? Join Bryan Davis and Anthony Defeo from BTSC for the extravaganza known as “Steelers Hangover”. They will discuss this burning question and much more. As always, Tony and Bryan have plenty to...

ClutchPoints

RUMOR: Ravens expected to keep Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith is probably getting his wish. According to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec, the Baltimore Ravens have every intention of bringing the veteran cornerback back to the team that drafted him in free agency. In January, the eight-year veteran expressed his desire to continue his career with the Ravens. “I got a lot of ball […] The post RUMOR: Ravens expected to keep Jimmy Smith appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Arrowhead Pride

Where will the Chiefs play safety Tyrann Mathieu?

Taking into account rumors, past usage and quotes to figure out the Honey Badger’s role in the 2019 Chiefs defense. Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens on a massive four-year deal for $55 million later on in free agency, which was widely considered a great move by the Ravens. Fast forward a couple days, and news came out during Thomas’ introductory interview with that Baltimore Ravens that he had been expecting to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs on a one or two-year deal before the Ravens came in with the huge offer. This led to conversations among Chiefs fans about when...

ClutchPoints

Earl Thomas was ‘shocked’ by Baltimore Ravens offer

Earl Thomas had reached a point where he didn’t think free agency would pan out like he hoped and seemed prepared to sign a short-term deal with the Kansas City Chiefs before testing the market again in the near future. But then, at the last minute, the Baltimore Ravens swooped in and offered Thomas a […] The post Earl Thomas was ‘shocked’ by Baltimore Ravens offer appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Field Gulls

Will the Seahawks find a bargain edge rusher in the second wave of free agency?

The first week of the NFL’s 2019 free agency period is in the books, with the overwhelming majority of players on the hunt for big paydays having already inked a new contract. For the Seattle Seahawks that means Earl Thomas is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Justin Coleman is set to suit up for the Detroit Lions and Jason Myers will be kicking field goals for the Hawks. However, one position that the Hawks have yet to address entering the second week of free agency is depth at the edge rusher position. The unquestioned leader of the group for Seattle as it currently stands is Frank...

Hogs Haven

NFL Free Agency: Redskins interested in OLB Brandon Copeland

Free agency continues The Redskins are reportedly interested in OLB Brandon Copeland. The Redskins will be looking to both free agency and this year’s draft to find pass rushing help. Preston Smith left in free agency to sign with the Green Bay Packers. Pernell McPhee was signed for a year, and hasn’t been re-signed. Washington has Ryan Anderson who is better against the run, but could be pushed into a starting role if the team can’t find a better option. Copeland was an undrafted free agent in 2013 who was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. He has bounced around the league since then,...

SportsDay

Michael Irvin on Cowboys free-agency inaction: The price teams pay 'rarely' matches the talent they get

Former wide receiver Michael Irvin recently joined the Dennis and Cowlishaw show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 [KESN-FM] to discuss the Cowboys and NFL free agency. Here are some highlights, edited for clarity.Editor's note: This interview took place before the Baltimore Ravens signed free-agent safety Earl Thomas (March 13), who was often linked to the Cowboys as an option in free agency.Almost every other franchise uses free agency to improve their team... why are the Cowboys so hesitant?Michael Irvin: "Trust me... not very often does the price [teams] pay matchup with what they get when you go into...

The Falcoholic

2019 NFL Free Agency: Former Falcons CB, special teamer Justin Bethel headed to Ravens

The Falcons will need to fill Bethel’s gap on the roster. The Atlanta Falcons will bid farewell to 2018’s core special teamer and a depth cornerback. Pro Bowl special teams alternate Justin Bethel will look to join the Baltimore Ravens after a year in Flowery Branch. Can confirm Ravens are working to finalize deal with CB Justin Bethel, as first reported by @JasonLaCanfora. Ravens always looking to bolster special teams and secondary depth.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) March 15, 2019 Bethel had 14 tackles in 14 games for the Falcons and helped mentor 2018 rookie and young...

Revenge of the Birds

Arizona Cardinals announce free agent signings

The Arizona Cardinals gave the home town boys the stage on Thursday and then announced the rest of the first wave of free agency signings on Friday. From the team: Terrell Suggs (6-3, 265) is the NFL’s active sack leader (132.5) and the only active NFL player with at least 900 tackles, 100 sacks and 30 forced fumbles. His 132.5 sacks are tied (Leslie O’Neal and Lawrence Taylor) for the 13th most in NFL history and his 31-career strip sacks lead all active NFL players. The 36-year old Suggs has spent his entire 16-year career with Baltimore after entering the league with the Ravens as a...

Baltimore Sun

In the 'chess match' of free agency, Ravens struck fast to win over Earl Thomas

Asked for a scouting report on his new Ravens teammate, running back Mark Ingram II offered this about Earl Thomas: “You’ve got to know where 29’s at.” But the safety who has willed himself into the NFL’s elite by knowing where everyone on the field is and just how to reach them acknowledged Friday...

Revenge of the Birds

Bird Droppings: Mike Iupati and Markus Golden get new teams, Arizona Cardinals introduce Terrell Suggs and more

Happy Friday one and all. We have made it. The Arizona Cardinals have made a number of moves in free agency, while also losing some familiar faces. We take a look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals to help get you caught up. Brett Hundley Addition Gives Cardinals New Backup QuarterbackFormer fifth-round pick joins fellow UCLA product Josh Rosen on roster Homecoming For Terrell Suggs As Linebacker Joins CardinalsLongtime Ravens star signs one-year deal with Terrell Suggs arrives, and free agency comings and goings Arizona High School Stars Flood Cardinals RosterFive former local...

Baltimore Sun

Preston: Ravens' patience leading up to start of free agency paid off with Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram

The Ravens stayed on a familiar course in the first period of free agency even with a new general manager. Instead of caving in to some public sentiment after the first days teams could negotiate with free agents, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta waited until the high money was invested into...

Niner Nation

Live updates on day 4 of NFL free agency

Let’s do it again. Day 4 of the free agency frenzy Welcome to Day 4 of free agency. As of writing this, the biggest names are long gone. Wednesday we saw Earl Thomas go to the Baltimore Ravens. We also saw the Kansas City Chiefs release Eric Berry. A couple other 49er targets signed as well. Tyrell Williams is with the Oakland Raiders. Pierre Desir re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Now that we’re on the second and third wave of free agents, it’ll be interesting to see the teams plan continue to unfold. I’ve seen arguments all over the place. Some think they are investing...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys news: Earl Thomas dream shattered

So is Eric Berry the new free agent safety crush? Report: Earl Thomas To Sign With Ravens | 105.3 The Fan staffIt is done. And it was almost certainly the price tag that ended hopes for Cowboys fans. The Cowboys dream of signing Earl Thomas is officially over as he will sign with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Adam Schefter. Thomas agreed to sign a four-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed with Baltimore, per Schefter. 2019 NFL Free Agency Grades: Ravens earn 'B+' for Mark Ingram, 'C+' for Earl Thomas, Jets get 'C+' for Le'Veon Bell - Pete Prisco,...

Niner Nation

Some safeties still available

The 49ers still could use some safety help, and there’s still some names for free agency. 2019 may wind up being the most drawn out year of free agency seen this decade. We’re into Day 4 and there are still some nice names available. Names like Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, who was released on Wednesday. Ok, I kid, I kid. But the San Francisco 49ers do need some help at safety. Many were looking at Earl Thomas as the potential fit given the system and the history with 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Thomas got paid, signing a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. So...

Turf Show Times

Why aren’t the Rams capitalizing on free agency?

Moves could be made, though they also present an inherent risk. The more days that pass in the NFL free agency period, the more quality players that sign to different franchises. The Los Angeles Rams haven’t exactly been active as their only signing was veteran FS Eric Weddle, and that was completed before the legal tampering period even began. The Rams were allowed to do this because Weddle was released by the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams are clearly limited, that much is clear. According to Over The Cap, the Rams currently only possess $8.7m in cap space, and $5-6m of that will need to be...

SportsDay

With Earl Thomas off the table, here's the next step the Dallas Cowboys must take this offseason

The long, slow dance between the Cowboys and Earl Thomas has come to an end.The one player who could get the club to break from its miserly ways in free agency, the Pro Bowl safety with and an eye for the star and the talent and charisma to pry open the club's check book, has gone elsewhere.Thomas will play for Baltimore. The Ravens' offer of four years for $55 million, with a guarantee of $32 million was too rich for the Cowboys' fiscally responsible blood.The free agent watch is over. Sure, the Cowboys will pick off a player or two or three in the coming days and weeks, but the focus, as it...

SportsDay

Fallout from Earl Thomas taking talents to Baltimore, how OBJ could save Garrett, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

March 14Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Today's top stories-- With Earl Thomas off the table, here's the next step the Dallas Cowboys must take this offseasonThe Ravens' offer of four years for $55 million, with a guarantee of $32 million was too rich for the Cowboys' fiscally responsible blood.-- 3 safeties the Cowboys can target in free agency without breaking the bankNo Earl Thomas, no problem?-- Earl Thomas is just the latest game-changer deemed too rich for the richest team in footballReaction from Tim Cowlishaw...-- Sean Lee hopes his...

SportsDay

No Earl Thomas, no problem: 3 safeties the Cowboys can target in free agency without breaking the bank

Editor's note: We're bringing this back with Earl Thomas reportedly signing a four-year deal with the Ravens. The collective disappointment of the Dallas Cowboys' fan base was palpable after it was reported that the team will be priced out of Earl Thomas (Ravens), Eric Weddle (Rams) and Landon Collins' (Redskins) services in free agency. Their hopes and dreams of a defense led by the NFL's best free safety since Ed Reed were seemingly dashed because of dollars and cents. But for the purposes of this piece, we are going to move forward now that Thomas is a Raven.Luckily for them, safety will...

Baltimore Sun

Ravens reportedly agree to sign All-Pro safety Earl Thomas for four years, $55 million

The Ravens made their first defensive splash ahead of the official start of free agency, reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $55 million deal with former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. A three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, Thomas comes to the Ravens after the defense lost safety...

Baltimore Sun

NFL draft profile: Ravens target Jachai Polite of Florida

Defensive linemen were one of the more impressive position groups during the 2019 NFL Combine. The Baltimore Ravens have already made some splashes during the 2019 NFL offseason — signing safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram in free agency. With the 22nd pick of the upcoming NFL draft,...

Baltimore Sun

Ravens reportedly agree to three-year deal with running back Mark Ingram

The Ravens have reached an agreement to sign running back Mark Ingram to a three-year, $15 million deal, according to media reports, their first move in a busy lead-up to the opening of free agency. The former Saints starter and Heisman Trophy winner, who cannot officially sign until 4 p.m. Wednesday,...

Field Gulls

Report: Earl Thomas to sign with Baltimore Ravens

It has been long anticipated that the Seattle Seahawks would watch All World safety Earl Thomas depart in free agency for another team willing to meet his contractual demands. The drama started last spring when he held out of voluntary workouts, and then continued through OTAs and training camp. The dispute between Thomas and his contract came to a brief halt when he reported to the team in time to play in the Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. However, that respite was certainly short lived, as Thomas broke his leg for the second time in less than two calendar years in the Week 4 win over...