The Ravens are not doing any official work on the practice fields in Owings Mills today, but they’ve certainly been busy.
As you’ve read from us via Twitter (@WNST), the team has finally made George Kokinis’ return official. Kokinis left the Ravens before the 2009 season to become Browns General Manager, but was fired following a 1-7 start in Cleveland. Kokinis returns to Baltimore in the role of “senior personal assistant”, which presumably places him behind Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta on the Ravens’ chain of command.
In a statement released by the team, Newsome said ”George knows the game, understands what it takes to win, and he will help us find players who will help us win. He has done that before for us.”
Kokinis’ return was first reported months ago, but John Harbaugh dodged questions regarding the situation when WNST.net asked him about it at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The team also promoted Mark Azevedo to Area Scout, he will now evaluate college prospects in Southeast, Southwest and Midwest regions.
In what will potentially be bigger news, the team has reportedly worked out a deal with free agent kicker Shayne Graham; and a NFL source confirmed to WNST.net that a deal is imminent. Graham has made 196 of 230 FG attempts during his 9 year career with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and most notably the Cincinnati Bengals. Graham however did miss 2 FG attempts in the Bengals’ Wild Card playoff loss to the New York Jets this past season.
Graham is expected to compete with Billy Cundiff during Training Camp for the Ravens’ kicking job.
(When the news becomes official, we will relay it via our WNST.net Text Service.)