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The Saints Nation:
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 have loved to have kept. He's a solid left guard who consistently plays at a near Pro Bowl level. He shows athleticism out in space and can trap block effectively. Grubbs is also an above average pass protector who uses his hands well. If there's a knock on Grubbs it's that he isn't a pile driver (and I don't sense that's something the Saints need) but he can be overpowered at times at the point of attack -- case in point, Vince Wilfork in the AFCC Game. Grubbs is also a good teammate and a willing participant in the community. Baltimore will miss Ben and we all wish him...
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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).
You knew it was going to happen... because Ozzie doesn't write a 4-year deal for a 31-year-old outside linebacker... it makes perfect sense for Ozzie to let Jarret Johnson go from a personnel management standpoint... but it is still a shock to see a great Ravens player sign with another team.Welcome back to salary cap reality.....Teams were spoiled over the last few years not...
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...
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 Baltimore Ravens have lost another defensive starter to free agency, as linebacker Jarret Johnson agreed to a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. The financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Johnson, who will turn 31 before the start of the 2012 season, has played his entire nine-year career [...]
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 second unrestricted free agent of the Baltimore Ravens has left to sign with another team.
According to multiple reports, outside linebacker, and longtime Raven, Jarret Johnson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chargers.
Johnson is one of the better run-stopping linebackers in the league, but was often replaced on passing downs.
Third-year player Paul Kruger is likely...
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 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.
The Baltimore Ravens have reached a three-year agreement with six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk. Birk, 35, has been the Ravens' center for the past three seasons, starting every game. One of the things we said earlier this offseason is that we were going to focus attention on the offensive line, and getting Matt Birk back is key for us, general manager Ozzie Newsome said...
Any uncertainty regarding the status of left Bryant McKinnie was removed today when the Baltimore Ravens picked up his $500,000 roster bonus, according to the Baltimore Sun. There had been speculation that the Ravens were thinking of releasing McKinnie because they have a visit scheduled with Eric Winston, the best right tackle in the free-agent market. Some thought the Ravens would...
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...
Baltimore is always prepared for free agency and they generally wait for the market to set itself before pursuing free agents from other teams. Now it’s looking like the Ravens will lose two free agents.
Defensive end Cory Redding is reportedly set to meet with the Indianapolis Colts. This makes sense because the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano, is now the...