Posted on 11 March 2014 by Luke Jones
With the free-agent signing period officially beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Ravens addressed their six exclusive-rights free agents by tendering each to one-year deals.
Linebackers Josh Bynes, Adrian Hamilton, and D.J. Bryant and safeties Omar Brown, Anthony Levine, and Brynden Trawick were all tendered contracts, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
These moves were considered nothing but a formality as exclusive-rights free agents have two or fewer accrued seasons in the league and own no negotiating rights. In order for the Ravens to retain the rights to these players, they simply had to tender contracts at the league minimum based on their respective service times in the NFL.
Baltimore signed linebacker Albert McClellan to a two-year contract over the weekend and chose not to tender a contract to wide receiver Tandon Doss as these two represented the team’s only restricted free agents. The Ravens are reportedly still open to the possibility of signing Doss to a deal, but he was set to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday afternoon.
Posted on 30 August 2013 by Luke Jones
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Linebacker D.J. Bryant hoped to make a bid for a long-shot chance at the 53-man roster Thursday night in St. Louis but instead suffered what’s believed to be a season-ending injury.
The Randallstown graduate suffered a significant left knee injury at the end of the first half when he collided with teammate John Simon. Bryant was down on the field in obvious pain before being carted to the locker room after playing a strong first half that included three tackles and a sack.
“That looks like a season ender,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters in St. Louis after the game. “We’ll know [on Friday] after we get the MRI but all indications are there’s substantial ligament damage there — nothing that he can’t come back from. Obviously, he’ll work on that. I’m sure he’ll get surgery and rehab it.”
Bryant figured to be a solid candidate for the practice squad, so the injury likely means he will be placed on injured reserve, allowing him to remain with the organization. He was a member of the team’s practice squad late last season.