Found March 01, 2012 on 60 Max Power O:
PLAYERS: Ben Grubbs
TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens
According to Greg Rosenthall of NBC Sports, free agent guard Ben Grubbs and the Baltimore Ravens are not close to signing a new, long-term deal. Grubbs, who Pro Football Focus ranks as the third best free agent guard, has been a key component to the Ravens offensive line since earning the starting job as a rookie in 2007. But with the Ravens currently dealing with the expired contract situation of Ray Rice, who in all likelihood will be the recipient of Baltimore's franchise tag, and a contract extension for quarterback Joe Flacco, Grubbs likely will be available when the free agency period begins on March 16. On the status of Grubbs and free agency, his agent Pat Dye said the following: "Ben is extremely highly regarded in this league. He's in the prime of his career and may or may not have another opportunity to sign another significant contract," Grubbs' agent Pat Dye told the Baltimore Sun. "He needs to be sure that he explores all his options.&quo...

Grubbs isn’t on verge of signing

One of Baltimore’s top priorities this offseason is re-signing left guard Ben Grubbs, a Pro Bowler. Last week, I wrote that the team’s Web site was reporting the Ravens have been negotiating with Grubbs and he was still a possibility to return for the 2012 season and beyond. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, nothing is imminent with Grubbs and it looks like the...

Free Agency Blitz: Why The Ravens Won't Bring The House

While many NFL fans wait with bated breath for March 13, Ravens fans should know to cool out.  The Ravens won't make any big moves on the free agency playground.  Beyond the obvious limitations of cap space, there are several indicators that Baltimore won't hit the market with a bang. History repeats itself Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has never been one to...

Ravens tag Rice, release Evans and Carr

As expected, the Ravens placed the franchise tag on running back Ray Rice, according to the team’s Web site. This doesn’t come as a surprise as it was expected the Ravens were going to tag Rice. The franchise tag will pay him in the neighborhood of $7.7 million. In the past, the franchise tag has been a prerequisite for the Ravens signing someone to a long-term deal. Cornerback...

Ray Rice to receive franchise tag on Friday

Confirming what his agent, Todd France, said earlier in the week, Ray Rice will soon become Baltimore’s franchise player. According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens are expected to place the franchise tag on Rice Friday, three days before the March 5 deadline to use the designation. Upon placing the tag on Rice, the team will have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal...

Hines Ward wants to join Ravens?

For those in Steelers Nation still shaken over the departure of Hines Ward, not to worry. There’s a chance you’ll see him on at least two occasions next season. Beat writer Ed Bouchette joined Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Thursday to discuss Ward’s future, and opined how he thinks the veteran receiver would “love” to play for a certain divisional rival. “I think he’d...

Ravens Tag Ray Rice

As expected, the Baltimore Ravens have placed the franchise tag on running back Ray Rice. Fantasy Spin: Keeping Rice was clearly a top priority for Baltimore, and the young stud averages 1,961 yards from scrimmage over the last three seasons. And the AFC North juggernaut remains hopeful of reaching a long-term deal with Rice.

Carr will be released by Ravens

Veteran cornerback the first of what could be a couple of roster cutsThe Ravens will release veteran cornerback Chris Carr, a decision that has been expected and could serve as the precursor to other roster moves.

What imminent franchise tag means for Rice, Ravens

Long-term extension remains goal and both sides will have until July 15 to achieve itThe Ravens are poised to apply the franchise tag to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who would otherwise be set to hit the open market with the other unrestricted free agents on March 13. The Ravens have until Monday to apply the tag though Pro Football Talk reported that they are poised to do it tomorrow.

A few more notes

* I wrote earlier today about the possibility of Michael McAdoo as a high-upside player for the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The reasoning behind it was Jarret Johnson is set to be a free agent. Although word has it from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News the New York Jets are interested in Johnson. If they sign Johnson it would reunite the linebacker with his old defensive coordinator...

Grubbs' agent has "positive" meeting with Ravens, but no deal is imminent

In a perfect world, the Ravens would get a quick resolution in their effort to sign soon-to-be free agent Ben Grubbs before the Pro Bowl left guard hits the open market and undoubtedly receives some big offers.

Ravens cut Chris Carr

The Steelers aren’t the only AFC North team saying goodbye to one of their players on Thursday. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network are both reporting that the Ravens are releasing cornerback Chris Carr. Carr played just nine games for Baltimore in 2011 because of a…

Ray Rice knows he’s not going anywhere

The franchise tag has been a dreaded tactic players love to avoid. However, in the NF,L the tag helps teams keep key free agents in an era of free agency. Ray Rice would love to test the market and see what he could get as a viable market option. That is not going happen as the Ravens aren’t that dumb. Rice is in negotiations with Baltimore, hoping to come to a long term agreement...
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