Found March 16, 2012 on
Ravens Football Machine:
First Jarret Johnson leaves...then Cory Redding... then Ben Grubbs signs with New Orleans for 5 years and $36 million, $16 million guaranteed...
Now the Ravens have lost both of their unrestricted free-agent backup safeties in the same day.
And they’ve also now had two defenders follow former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis.
Tom Zbikowski has agreed to terms on a contract with the Colts, he confirmed via Twitter. Zbikowski joins defensive end Cory Redding in Indianapolis as Pagano retools his roster.
Zbikowski is the fifth unrestricted free agent to leave Baltimore since free agency opened on Tuesday, including the fourth on defense.
Safety Haruki Nakamura signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers earlier in the day Friday, leaving the Ravens without a backup safety currently on the active roster behind starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard.
Drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2008, Zbikowski was Baltimore’s top backup safety. He also spent time as the team’s kick returner.
When Reed missed the first six games of the 2010 season, Zbikowski stepped in as the starter and helped keep the secondary among the top in the league. When Reed missed four straight games near the end of 2009, Zbikowski started and made two interceptions.
Zbikowski, 26, began last year as the starting strong safety, but was overtaken by free-agent addition Pollard four games into the season.
Zbikowski finished the year with 23 tackles and one sack. The former Notre Dame standout averaged 23.2 yards on nine kick returns and was fourth on the team with seven special-teams tackles. He could also return punts.
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The Baltimore Ravens have retained starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie, electing to pick up his $500,000 roster for next season, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times. There had been buzzing that the Ravens were thinking of parting ways with McKinnie because they had a visit scheduled with free agent Eric Winston, the [...]
Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk agreed to three-year contract Friday with the Baltimore Ravens.
The 35-year-old Birk has started every game in three seasons with Baltimore. He briefly contemplated retirement before deciding he wanted to return.
''One of the things we said earlier this offseason is that we were going to focus attention on the offensive line, and getting...
Now that he's a member of the Saints, I figured I'd learn more about Ben Grubbs by catching up with esteemed blogger Tony Lombardi of Ravens 24x7. No one knows more about the Ravens than this guy, so make sure you go check out his site. Many thanks to Tony for taking the time to give us his take on Grubbs. Here is what he had to say:
"Ben is a player the Ravens would...
After the departure of Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs, the Baltimore Ravens answered some questions along the offensive line by re-signing center Matt Birk to a three-year contract and offered a contract to Philadelphia Eagles free agent guard Evan Mathis. Birk, 35, had contemplated retirement following the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the New England [...]
The Ravens made their first move in free agency, but it wasn’t really a move at all.
The team announced in a press release that they and center Matt Birk agreed to a three-year contract, pending a physical.
Birk, a 15-year veteran, has started every game for the Ravens since arriving in Baltimore in 2009.
The veteran is seen as a vital cog in Baltimore’s offensive line.
The Baltimore Ravens and center Matt Birk agreed to a three-year contract extension Friday.The six-time Pro Bowler is entering his 15th NFL season and has started 96 consecutive games, most among NFL centers.The 35-year-old signed with the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent in 2009.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed free agent safety Haruki Nakamura to a three-year contract. Carolina general manager Marty Hurney announced the deal Friday but did not release financial terms of the contract. The 25-year-old Nakamura has spent four seasons backing up Ed Reed in Baltimore. He's played in 52 games but never started on defense. He has 47 career...
The Ravens lost their fourth player since the free agency period started. The fourth one is safety Haruki Nakamura.
Nakamura agreed to a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to reports.
The Ravens previously lost Ben Grubbs (Saints), Jarret Johnson (Chargers) and Cory Redding (Colts).
In positive news, according to reports, the Ravens offered a contract to left...
The Colts' defense is starting to fill up with ex-Baltimore Ravens.
On Saturday, the team signed free agent Tom Zbikowski. The safety is the second former Baltimore player to join new coach Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis. Details of the contract were not immediately available.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder played the past four seasons in Baltimore. He has 49 career tackles, two...
Photo Via TomZbikowski28.com
After cutting ties with the likes of Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt, among others (and that’s just the player personnel), the Indianapolis Colts are clearly starting from scratch with a new slate in 2012.
Along with defensive tackle Cory Redding, safety Tom Zbikowski becomes one of the newest...
They weren’t able to keep Carl Nicks. He left for Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
OG Ben Grubbs was out there, so it was a pretty much a no-brainer.
Grubbs signed a 5-year deal with the Saints worth a whopping $36 million with a $10 million dollar signing bonus ($16M guaranteed).