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Foxworth says NFL had conspiracy against players

Posted on 23 May 2012 by WNST Staff

NFL PLAYERS FILE COLLUSION COMPLAINT AGAINST NFL, TEAM OWNERS

Washington, D.C. – The Class Counsel under the Reggie White settlement agreement and the NFL Players Association today filed a complaint, on behalf of the NFL players, charging the NFL, its clubs and their owners of collusion during the 2010 NFL season. The complaint details a conspiracy to violate the anti-collusion and anti-circumvention provisions in the White Settlement Agreement (SSA) by “imposing a secret $123 million per-Club salary cap for that uncapped 2010 season.”

The written claim is filed with the United States District Court of Minnesota, which oversees the SSA and alleges that the league and owners acted illegally and “solely by self-interest, unconstrained by their clear and unambiguous SSA obligations.”

“When the rules are broken in a way that hurts the game, we have an obligation to act. We cannot standby when we now know that the owners conspired to collude,” said DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA Executive Director.

“Our union recently learned that there was a secret salary cap agreement in an uncapped year. The complaint today is our effort to fulfill our duty to every NFL player. They deserve to know, above all, the facts and the truth about this conspiracy,” said Domonique Foxworth, NFLPA President.

The complaint cites John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, who also serves as the Chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, as publicly confirming that the NFL directed teams to restrict players’ salaries during the uncapped year. When asked about imposed penalties for the Redskins and Cowboys, he replied: “What they did was in violation of the spirit of the salary cap. They attempted to take advantage of a one-year loophole … full well knowing there would be consequences.”

Such a scheme breaches express anti-collusion and anti-circumvention provisions of the SSA and the owners’ duty of good faith in implementing the SSA.

In the filing, it is alleged that the NFL and owners furthered their concealment by “approving the very player contracts that enabled the Redskins, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints to exceed the secret, collusive salary cap” and, prior to and on March 11, 2012, failed to disclose to the players or the NFLPA “that the true reason for the then-proposed reallocation was to penalize the Redskins, Cowboys, Raiders, and Saints for not fully abiding by the Collusive Agreement.”

Also as described in the complaint, these collusion and other claims are entirely new and were previously unknown to the players and the NFLPA. They therefore were not asserted, and could not have been asserted, in the previous actions that were filed in either Brady. v. NFL or under the SSA in the White litigation.

The players and the NFLPA will be represented in these proceedings by Jeffrey Kessler, David Feher and David Greenspan of Winston & Strawn, LLP; James Quinn of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP; David Barrett, James Barrett, Daniel Schecter, Thomas Heiden and Michael Nelson of Latham & Watkins, LLP; Barbara Berens of Berens & Miller, P.A.; Mark Jacobson of Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP and DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA.

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

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Traditionalists (perhaps) beware, changes coming to Terps football field

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Glenn Clark

The University of Maryland is making some changes to the playing surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. This much we know for sure.

How much more we don’t fully know yet. I reached out to a spokesperson at the school and was told this…

“Construction has started on a new surface at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The project is being funded with private donations and will be completed in time for the upcoming season. Further details will be available soon.” 

Via Facebook/Twitter/message boards, a rumored look at what the field could look like has been making the rounds…

I have to stress that this is only a RUMOR at this point. I’ve poked around with a few other sources in College Park and have received responses like “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be turtle shells on the field” and “they’ve definitely talked about changing the color of the field.”

The most famous football field perhaps in the world belongs to Boise State University, as Bronco Stadium’s blue turf would be recognized just about anywhere…

BSU isn’t the only school to do something significant with their turf. Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field is known as “The Inferno” thanks to this color…

The NFL has actually implemented a “Boise State rule” preventing teams from changing turf colors from the traditional green.

The Terrapins would not be making their first cry for attention, as they garnered PLENTY of buzz on Labor Day last year when they introduced these Under Armour duds in a win over Miami…

For the record, I don’t much care what the Terps wear or what kind of field they play on. As I told former Maryland/Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth in an interview last year, if the Terps were competing for a BCS Championship I’d sign off on them wearing Duke uniforms for the game.

But…what do you think? Is the rumored look of the field too much?

-G

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Your Monday Reality Check-Are Ravens better after Draft? I guess…

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Your Monday Reality Check-Are Ravens better after Draft? I guess…

Posted on 30 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

I’ve already gotten about a hundred messages via email/Facebook/Twitter/text/Pony Express that said something along the lines of “well Glenn, you got what you wanted.”

To at least an extent, the people sending those messages have been right. After pounding on the desk of the studio at 1550 Hart Rd. in Towson for months (if not years), the Baltimore Ravens acquired a size receiver in the NFL Draft.

In the 6th round of the Draft, the Ravens selected Tommy Streeter, a 6’5″ wide receiver from the University of Miami. Combined with impressive speed (Streeter posted an impressive 4.40 forty time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis), Streeter seemingly adds a more unique dynamic to Cam Cameron’s offense in 2012. Streeter’s size presents an immediate matchup problem in the red zone (and specifically in the end zone) that the team simply didn’t have in their receiving corps in 2011.

Well…mostly anyway.

You see, the Ravens actually DID briefly have a receiver like that in 2011. If you’ll remember, the Ravens acquired former Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy late in the 2010 season in hopes he could make the team out of Training Camp. Nagging injury issues and a lockout later, Hardy couldn’t crack the 53 and the lack of a size receiver played a role in the Ravens finishing 18th in the NFL in red zone offense.

So Streeter solves all of those problems, right? Right?

As I was also quick to point out, simply being tall wasn’t the only desirable attribute in a new Ravens receiver. Clarence Moore was tall. Randy Hymes was tall. Even Marc Lester was tall. The Ravens not only needed a tall receiver, they needed a receiver who could catch the ball and become a consistent threat in a National Football League offense.

While I liked the team’s decision to draft Streeter, I will admit that I don’t believe the Ravens (and 31 other teams) passed on him for five and a half rounds because they were TOO worried about how good he was. There have been questions about Streeter’s hands, as well as his overall ability to develop into a consistent standout receiver. Those questions may or may not be fair, as the former Hurricanes star could show 31 teams they made a mistake in the coming seasons or they could show one particular team they made the wrong decision to take him even as late as the sixth round.

I guess that’s basically the entire point of this week’s column. After the NFL Draft, analysts attempt to identify “winners” and “losers” from three days of selecting players. Some of these players will go on to outstanding pro careers, others will leave little in the way of a legacy at the NFL level and others still will never play in even a single NFL game.

So do I think the Ravens did a nice job in the NFL Draft? Yeah…I guess. I guess the Baltimore Ravens did a nice job in the NFL Draft.

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Former Raven, Baltimore Native Foxworth Voted NFLPA President

Posted on 25 March 2012 by WNST Staff

FOXWORTH ELECTED NFLPA PRESIDENT, SMITH RE-ELECTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hasselbeck, Light, Moore, Watson join NFLPA Executive Committee during annual meeting

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (March 25, 2011) – Domonique Foxworth was nominated and elected without opposition as President of the NFL Players Association today at the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives Meeting. DeMaurice Smith was reaffirmed unanimously as Executive Director by the board on March 22.

“One of the most important things I learned from Kevin is about responsibility,” Foxworth, a free agent cornerback, said to the board following his election. “Players like to say, ‘The NFLPA is our organization.’ There is a wealth of experience and talent in this room, and I will reach out to each and every one of you about your interests and passions. If we work as hard as we did during the lockout now in peacetime, we will be the strongest organization in the world.”

Foxworth’s unanimous election to the post follows four years of service on the executive committee. In 2007, he was elected by the Broncos as a Player Representative and was named the Broncos’ Walter Payton Man of the Year. In 2008, he ran and was elected as the youngest Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee.

Newly elected to serve on the Executive Committee are Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans), Matt Light (New England Patriots), Brandon Moore (New York Jets) and Ben Watson (Cleveland Browns).

They join current Executive Committee members Charlie Batch (Pittsburgh Steelers), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Brian Dawkins (Denver Broncos), Scott Fujita (Cleveland Browns), Jeff Saturday (Green Bay Packers) and Brian Waters (New England Patriots) who were re-elected by unanimous affirmation. There are also two chairs for former players on the NFLPA Executive Committee, currently held by Cornelius Bennett and Jim McFarland.

With the 2012 election, Kevin Mawae, Sean Morey, Tony Richardson and Mike Vrabel cycle off the NFLPA Executive Committee.

“We don’t take on roles of leadership in order to pad our stats, build our resumes, or strengthen our positions,” Mawae said as he retired from the post of NFLPA President, a spot he held for four years. “We become leaders so that we can serve others who themselves don’t yet have the wherewithal, the knowledge, or the experience to lead. We don’t coerce, manipulate, or force. We simply serve.”

“It’s been a blessing,” Richardson said. “The biggest thing I’m proud of is taking advantage of every opportunity we were offered, from education to development to benefits, because if I didn’t do it, how could I tell the young guys they should be doing it? Every decision we made was for the betterment of our organization. My only agenda, ever, has been to serve the players.”

“We get a chance to play an amazing game and compete on the highest level, and I feel fortunate to have stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest men in this game,” Morey said. “I appreciate our leadership letting me talk, trusting me, helping me understand the negotiation process and keeping me disciplined and focused.”

Hasselbeck, a Boston College graduate, has been playing in the NFL since 1998 and owns nearly every single-season and career record for quarterbacks with the Seattle Seahawks. The three-time Pro Bowler was first elected to the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives in 2008. Off the field, Hasselbeck is involved with numerous charitable efforts, including raising funds and awareness to help provide clean water to those in need.

Light was first elected as a Player Representative in 2008 and has served continuously since. A graduate of Purdue University, his career in the NFL has consisted of four Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships. A member of the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team, he established the Light Foundation which provides youth with unique outdoor experiences to help them become stronger individuals and better members of their communities.

Moore is an offensive lineman with the New York Jets and graduate of the University of Illinois. He has served as on the NFLPA Board of Player Representatives since 2007 and was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2011. The Pro Bowl selection created the Moore Family Foundation to provide disadvantaged youth with positive holiday experiences, school supplies and other important needs.

Watson, a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, was first elected as a Player Representative in 2010. The graduate of the University of Georgia was a first round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. A Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots, Watson created a foundation to support charities that provide educational and enrichment opportunities. He is also a spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

The 2012 NFLPA Board of Player Representatives Meeting continues through March 26.

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Ravens officially part ways with veteran cornerback Foxworth

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Ravens officially part ways with veteran cornerback Foxworth

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Luke Jones

Waiting only for the results of a physical, the Ravens officially announced the termination of cornerback Domonique Foxworth’s contract on Monday afternoon.

The team cited Foxworth failing a physical after the veteran missed the entire 2010 season and most of last season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in his right knee on the eve of training camp two summers ago.

“We appreciate all Domonique did for us the past three years, both with his play and his important leadership off the field,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a team statement. “This does not preclude us from bringing back Domonique back at a later date.”

Set to make a reported $5.6 million in base salary and owning a cap number of $8.6 million for the 2012 season, the former University of Maryland star and Randallstown native likely knew his fate was sealed when his surgically-repaired knee failed to respond well enough to contribute to the Baltimore defense in 2011. In a similar situation to fellow veteran Chris Carr — who was released last Friday — Foxworth found himself supplanted by the Ravens’ young trio of Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, and Jimmy Smith.

With Foxworth, Carr, and wide receiver Lee Evans no longer under contract, the Ravens have shaved an estimated $10.5 million from their salary cap with free agency set to begin next week.

The 28-year-old Foxworth was signed to a four-year contract prior to the 2009 season and started all 16 games in his first year in Baltimore, intercepting four passes and finishing with 53 tackles. He admitted his involvement in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations during last year’s lockout affected his ability to rehab his surgically-repaired knee, leading him to appear in only two games in 2011 before being placed on injured reserve.

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Ravens release veteran cornerback Chris Carr

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Ravens release veteran cornerback Chris Carr

Posted on 01 March 2012 by Luke Jones

In a move that comes as no surprise, the Ravens will cut veteran cornerback Chris Carr in a move to free up money on the salary cap with free agency less than two weeks away.

First reported by Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network on Thursday, Carr was reportedly set to make a base salary of $2.5 million in 2012 and carried a cap number of $3.45 million.

Hamstring and back injuries forced Carr to miss seven games in 2011 after the seven-year pro had previously never missed a game in his career. He made one start, collecting 19 tackles and three pass breakups. The 28-year-old started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2010, intercepting two passes and making 67 tackles while serving as the team’s most reliable cornerback with Domonique Foxworth missing the season with a torn ACL and Lardarius Webb not 100 percent recovered for his own ACL tear the previous December.

“Thanks everyone in [Baltimore] love the team and the city,” Carr said from his official Twitter account. “It’s a business, I think it was the best for both parties.”

After signing a new four-year contract last July, Carr entered training camp as a favorite to start, but a hamstring injury forced him to miss the second half of the preseason as young cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams secured starting spots on the Baltimore defense. Predicting Carr’s fate in Baltimore became all but elementary when he was a healthy inactive in the Ravens’ divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans.

The day after the season-ending loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, Carr acknowledged to the media that he was unsure whether the Ravens would retain his services with Webb, Williams, and 2011 first-round selection Jimmy Smith leapfrogging him on the depth chart.

The Ravens are also expected to cut cornerback Domonique Foxworth and wide receiver Lee Evans in the coming days. Foxworth, who spent most of the last two seasons on injured reserve, carries an $8.6 million cap number for 2012, and his release would save just over $5.5 million in cap room.

After making just four receptions in an injury-plagued season, Evans is owed a $1 million roster bonus a few days after the start of free agency, so the Ravens would not have to fork over the cash and would save nearly $4.5 million in cap space by releasing him.

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Is cutting Ed Reed an option Ravens should explore?

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Is cutting Ed Reed an option Ravens should explore?

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Drew Forrester

If you were given an expansion team in the NFL for the 2012 season and the rules were such that you could take THREE of the four players below and add them to your roster, which three would you take?

Ray Rice, Ben Grubbs, Joe Flacco, Ed Reed

I think nearly everyone doing this exercise said to themselves, “Well, Flacco and Rice are definites…it comes down to Grubbs and Reed.”

I know that’s what I thought.

Then you have to make a determination between Ben Grubbs, the talented, physical offensive guard and Ed Reed, the future Hall of Fame safety who can still step up and be a difference like he was in the January home playoff win over Houston.

Who do you take?

It’s not an easy choice, but it’s an obvious one.

You take Ben Grubbs.

That exact scenario could be an option for the Ravens this spring as they try and move forward under a salary cap ($127mm) that doesn’t provide for much flexibility given the team’s recent signing splurges like Foxworth, Ngata and Suggs.

If the Ravens want to keep Ben Grubbs and Ray Rice, both, plus get Joe Flacco’s new contract handed to him before the season kicks off, it might mean a few veterans have to go.  Domonique Foxworth is a likely casualty, saving the team $5.6 million on the salary cap.  Lee Evans ($3.2mm) is a name to look at, too, although I wouldn’t be completely shocked if the team keeps him at a reduced salary.  Keeping in mind that the Ricky Williams-retired-story potentially saves the club $1.5mm and you have about $10.5 million worth of money that can quickly be used to invest on Grubbs, Rice and Flacco.  Add that to the $8.5mm the Ravens entered the off-season under the cap and Baltimore is working with roughly $19 million of “new money” for 2012.

That’s what’s facing Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens.

How do we get those three players signed – as well as others – and do it for less than $19 million?

I’ll offer a solution.

Cut Ed Reed.

It would be almost unheard of to mention those three words in the same sentence – Cut. Ed. Reed. – but as we saw last summer when Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg and Willis McGahee all got the axe in the same week, putting together a roster that fills all the needs of the team and honors players for their service at the same time is not a working concept in the NFL.  Even great players like Ed Reed have to be considered, carefully, because anytime a player enters the December of his career you have to always ask yourself if the previous season might have been his last hurrah.

One thing for sure.  Last season definitely wasn’t the last hurrah for Flacco, Grubbs or Rice.

But it might have been for Ed Reed.

And that’s not a low blow, it’s just a fact.

Cutting Reed would give the Ravens another $7.2 million to fiddle around with and most definitely go a long, long way in striking a deal with “The Big Three” this off-season.

I’m not Pat Moriarty and I don’t have a degree in Capology, but I know you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken poop.  You either fit 53 players into the salary cap or you don’t.  There’s no scooting around the fact that you just can’t sign everyone you want.

I’ve come around a lot on Grubbs over the last three months or so.  I think we saw in the games he missed in 2011 that his absence not only creates a consistency issue at his position, but the left tackle and the offense as a whole feel the effect as well.  The Ravens were a better offensive team – sometimes by a lot – when Grubbs was healthy and playing last season.  Flacco and Rice are both operating at a high level after four years in the league.  Rice’s career – given the typical bell curve expectancy of a running back – is probably nearing Labor Day or so.  I don’t hesitate to say that I think still has at least four more years of high level play in his game before the hits and pounding starts to take its toll.  Flacco hasn’t even reached Memorial Day on his career calendar yet.

Those three need to be signed.

In a way that only team sports can connect three people with varying degrees of ability and capability, Flacco, Rice and Grubbs deserve to be signed as much for what they’ve done for the other two as they’ve done for themselves.

Flacco is the player he is because he has a very good left guard and a very good running back.  When those two are operating at their premium, the Ravens offense is better and they’re scoring points and winning games.

Just flip the names around and the trick still works.  ”Rice is the player he is because he has a very good left guard and a very good quarterback…” — “Grubbs is the player he is because…”

I know the Ravens have to be careful because Rice is trying to back them into the proverbial corner by having his agent throw out stuff like “We’re looking for an Adrian Peterson type contract” and Grubbs is likely to get at least one team who thinks they’re a Pro Bowl-caliber offensive lineman from making a real run to say, “Let’s back up the Brinks truck for that Grubbs guy in Baltimore”.  In a perfect world, I think they’d get Flacco signed first so they know for sure exactly what they can spend on the other two given that they’ve locked up their quarterback — which most definitely is their top priority this off-season.

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Sizing up the Ravens’ 2012 free-agent class

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Sizing up the Ravens’ 2012 free-agent class

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Luke Jones

In the aftermath of the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday, the finality of the season coming to an abrupt end was accompanied by the all-too-familiar feeling knowing that same team will never be together again.

The reality of the NFL’s offseason brings substantial change to all 32 teams — some more than others — and forces players to say goodbye to others for the final time as teammates.

“It’s tough to really think about that,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “You know it’s going to happen, but you don’t know which guys it’s going to be, so it’s tough to be in our shoes and go through that. You finally just take it for what it is, and before you know it, you hope you had a good relationship with everybody on the team and said as much as you could say to that guy. We hope we can bring as many people back as we can.”

While other moves will be made — cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr and wide receiver Lee Evans are the strongest candidates to be cut despite being under contract for the 2012 season — the Ravens have 13 unrestricted free agents, four restricted free agents, and four exclusive-rights free agents entering the offseason. I’ve included the entire list with a brief thought on each player’s potential future in Baltimore.

Two dates to keep in mind as the offseason begins are the March 5 deadline to designate a franchise player and the start of free agency on March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Unrestricted free agents

RB Ray Rice
2011 stats: 16 starts, 2,068 yards from scrimmage, 15 touchdowns
Skinny: Rice isn’t going anywhere as the Ravens will either use their franchise tag on the Pro Bowl back or sign him to a long-term deal, though the latter would certainly create more cap space for 2012.

G Ben Grubbs
2011 stats: 10 starts, first Pro Bowl selection
Skinny: The Ravens clearly would like to bring the left guard back, but with Marshal Yanda receiving a sizable deal a few months ago, can the organization afford to invest so much money in the guard position?

C Matt Birk
2011 stats: 16 starts
Skinny: After 14 seasons in the league, Birk may decide to retire, but the Ravens could elect to go with the slightly-younger Andre Gurode or look to the draft for the center position.

LB Jarret Johnson
2011 stats: 16 starts, 56 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks
Skinny: With Johnson on the wrong side of 30, it might be time to part ways with the veteran linebacker, but the Ravens lack a logical replacement on the current roster with the disappointing development of 2010 second-round pick Sergio Kindle and the limitations of pass rusher Paul Kruger.

LB Jameel McClain
2011 stats: 16 starts, 81 tackles, one sack, one interception
Skinny: The former undrafted free agent credits Ray Lewis for his growth, so you have to wonder if McClain becomes the next Baltimore linebacker to receive an inflated contract elsewhere.

DE Cory Redding
2011 stats: 15 games (11 starts), 43 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks
Skinny: Before an ankle injury slowed Redding over the final month of 2011, he was having his best season in years, but the Ravens could elect to go with younger — and cheaper — defensive lineman Arthur Jones at this position.

LB Brendon Ayanbadejo
2011 stats: 16 games, 27 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, nine special teams tackles
Skinny: The 35-year-old intends to play in 2012 and expects to be back with the Ravens, but the nickel linebacker may not be on the same page as Baltimore in terms of a contract to make his return feasible.

S Tom Zbikowski
2011 stats: 14 games (four starts), 16 tackles, one sack
Skinny: Largely a forgotten man after Bernard Pollard wrestled away the strong safety job early in the season, it appears Zbikowski will likely try to find a new home where he can start.

S Haruki Nakamura
2011 stats: 15 games, three tackles, nine special-teams tackles
Skinny: In a similar position to Zbikowski, the Ravens will likely make a harder push to keep Nakamura due to his exceptional ability as as special teams player.

OL Andre Gurode
2011 stats: 13 games (five starts)
Skinny: Signed as an insurance policy behind Matt Birk, the 10-year veteran wound up being needed at left guard for an injured Grubbs and could be the short-term replacement at center next season.

DT Brandon McKinney
2011 stats: 12 games, 14 tackles
Skinny: A regular part of the rotation along the defensive line, it’s hard to envision teams beating down McKinney’s door, but the Ravens may try to go younger and cheaper than the six-year veteran.

TE Kris Wilson
2011 stats: 15 games, four special teams tackles
Skinny: His touchdown catch in the divisional round was his claim to fame, but the veteran’s competent special teams ability may not be enough to keep him in Baltimore next season.

LB Edgar Jones
2011 stats: nine games, three special teams tackles
Skinny: Though he was active all nine games after being signed in early November, there’s a reason why Jones was unemployed when the Ravens were looking for special-teams depth.

Restricted free agents
(The Ravens can offer a tender attached to a draft pick and then have the right to match any offer from an opposing team and would receive that team’s draft pick if they choose not to match it.)

CB Lardarius Webb
2011 stats: 16 games (15 starts), 68 tackles, five interceptions, sack
Skinny: With another season like he had in 2011, Webb will be looking for a large payday and deservedly so.

CB Cary Williams
2011 stats: 16 starts, 77 tackles, two forced fumbles
Skinny: Easily the most pleasant surprise on the Baltimore defense, Williams will battle 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith for a starting corner job in training camp.

LB Dannell Ellerbe
2011 stats: nine games (three starts), 17 tackles
Skinny: The third-year linebacker always leaves you wanting more but could find himself in position to compete for a starting role depending on how the Ravens address the inside linebacker position this offseason.

RB Matt Lawrence
2011 stats: Did not play (injured reserve)
Skinny: Though a competent special-teams player when he’s been healthy in his three-year career, you have to think the Ravens are ready to cut ties with the injury-plagued back.

Exclusive-rights free agents
(These are players with two or fewer accrued seasons and own no negotiating rights.)

LS Morgan Cox
2011 stats: 16 games
Skinny: There’s no reason to think the Ravens are displeased with Cox’s performance as the long snapper.

CB Danny Gorrer
2011 stats: 11 games, three tackles, four pass breakups
Skinny: Considering he was pushing Chris Carr for the No. 4 corner spot by season’s end and was strong on special teams, Gorrer should have no reason to think the Ravens won’t bring him back.

LB Sergio Kindle
2011 stats: two games
Skinny: The Ravens will bring Kindle back, but he’ll need to make major strides in the offseason and training camp to make the 53-man roster again.

LB Albert McClellan
2011 stats: 16 games (one start), seven tackles, 12 special teams tackles
Skinny: He drew a start for the injured Ray Lewis on Thanksgiving night and is one of the best special teams players on the team, making his return a certainty.

 

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Ravens cornerback Webb dealing with toe injury

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Ravens cornerback Webb dealing with toe injury

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Luke Jones

A day after the Ravens reported no new injuries following a 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts, it appears they may have lost one of their starting cornerbacks for the time being.

Lardarius Webb reportedly suffered a toe injury late in the game on Sunday afternoon and could be sidelined for a few weeks, according to the Carroll County Times. The ailment would leave a big hole at cornerback opposite Cary Williams as rookie Jimmy Smith would likely start in Webb’s place if he’s unable to play against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday night.

With veteran Chris Carr still sidelined with a back injury that’s caused him to miss the Ravens’ last three games, Webb’s injury raises more concern should he be sidelined for an extended period of time.

The third-year defensive back from Nicholls State leads the team with four interceptions and has played at a Pro Bowl level after injuries to Domonique Foxworth, Carr, and Smith forced Webb into a starting role at the beginning of the season.

For those wondering why the Ravens didn’t mention the injury following Sunday’s game, they did not report the toe injuries suffered by left guard Ben Grubbs and linebacker Ray Lewis earlier this season.

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Ravens place linebacker Prescott Burgess on IR

Posted on 01 November 2011 by Luke Jones

Already struggling in the special teams, the Ravens’ coverage units took another hit on Tuesday with the announcement that linebacker Prescott Burgess has been placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

The fifth-year linebacker sustained the injury in Sunday’s 30-27 comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals. Burgess appeared in three games with Baltimore this season, recording one assisted tackle and two special teams tackles. The 6-foot-3, 253-pounder led the Ravens in special teams tackles the past two seasons.

A sixth-round choice by the Ravens in 2007, Burgess was waived at the end of the preseason before being re-signed to take the place of cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 28. The linebacker was waived again during the bye week in favor of defensive back Bryan McCann before being re-signed again on Oct. 18 after offensive lineman Mark LeVoir was released.

The Ravens also announced changes to their practice squad, releasing safety Mana Silva and re-signing wide receiver Rodney Bradley to take his spot.

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