Category Archives: Baltimore Ravens

Elvis Dumervil’s five-year deal with Ravens is official

Dumervil’s five-year deal is for a maximum of $35 million. It includes $12 million in guaranteed money and $8.5 million for the 2013 season. However, all but $1 million of that will be paid out in a signing bonus, meaning Dumervil’s cap hit for the coming season will be $2.5 million. That leaves the reigning Super Bowl champions with about $5 million of salary cap space to address their other needs, which include a left tackle, middle linebacker and safety.

Elvis Dumervil headlines weekend action

Friday was a rather slow news day, but there was still plenty to talk about. Dumervil remains the top free agent on the market since the contract/fax machine issue that forced the Denver Broncos to release him, and there were some more rumors surrounding him on Friday.

What’s next for Ravens, Flacco?

Now that the Ravens and Joe Flacco have hammered out an agreement in principle on a $120.6 million contract, there’s more pending business to conclude between the Super Bowl champions and their quarterback.
What’s next for Flacco and his agent, Joe Linta, is going over the specific details of the deal points, line by line, on Sunday. That’s likely to happen in the the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player’s hometown in Audubon, N.J.
If everything is deemed satisfactory, Flacco would then travel to team headquarters Monday morning in Owings Mills where Flacco would take a physical and lend his signature to the six-year pact. If everything goes smoothly, the expectation is that a press conference would be conducted in Owings Mills as soon as Monday afternoon.

Matt Birk announce his retirement

Birk, 36, played in the NFL for 15 seasons and won a Super Bowl in his final season with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

Birk is set to meet with students at Battle Grove Elementary School in Baltimore later today at 11:30 a.m. to dedicate a community reading center, the team announced, saying he also planed on “making another announcement,” during the ceremony.

Ed Reed: Ray Lewis might not retire after Super Bowl

After announcing prior to the playoffs that this would be his “last ride,” Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reiterated Monday that he’s “ran his course” in this game after 17 seasons.

Cynical NFL fans can be forgiven for questioning Lewis’ commitment to the decision. In fact, long-time teammate Ed Reed warned reporters gathered in New Orleans not to be “so sure” that Super Bowl XLVII will indeed be the future Hall of Famer’s last game.

“Maybe he’ll play 10 games next year,” added Reed.

Lewis reportedly already has a multi-year deal in place to join ESPN as a studio analyst. His son, Ray Lewis III, is slated to follow in his footsteps as a freshman running back for the Miami Hurricanes in 2013. Lewis insisted a week ago that he “can’t come back” because family considerations now outweigh his desire to play another season.

It’s understandable that Reed would hold out hope for one more Butch-and-Sundance championship run with his mentor and friend. And while there might no longer be a surefire high-profile retirement in the post-Brett Favre landscape, we suspect Lewis will follow through with his pledge after Sunday’s game.

Did the Baltimore Ravens get an illegal practice kick before game-winning field goal?

Moments before kicking a game-winning 47-yard field goal to send his team to the AFC championship, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker took a practice kick on the field during a break in between the first and second overtime sessions in Denver.

While players milled around, waiting to restart the game following the expiration of the first 15 minutes of the extra session, Tucker was seen taking at least one warm-up kick. The impromptu practice drew protests from some Denver Broncos, including Champ Bailey, who can be seen questioning its fairness in the accompanying picture.

Turns out that taking on-field kicks is not an offense that brings a penalty. But, strangely, it’s also not allowed.