Found March 02, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
For most people across the NFL, the lockout was seen as a negative. Less offseason training meant less time to prepare. The potential of games being cancelled would have meant huge revenue losses for teams, television stations, and local businesses. For Terrell Suggs, however, the lockout was a vacation. In fact, Suggs believes the lockout is partially responsible for Baltimore’s successful season. “Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to work,” Suggs said during an interview with WHB in Kansas City on Thursday. “I think that’s why, in total, I ended up having the season that I did. A lot of guys ended up pushing themselves too hard and ended up getting hurt trying to get ready for minicamps and OTAs. Fortunately we didn’t have that burden on our shoulders and that’s why I think I had a great year.” With the way the new CBA is written, players will not be required to work as hard next season with two...

T-Sizzle says the NFL lockout helped his game

Terrell Suggs had the most productive year of his nine-year career in 2011. Suggs, 29, recorded 70 tackles, 14 sacks, and set a single-season franchise record with seven forced fumbles, all en route to being named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The outside linebacker credits his success to the NFL lockout. “Last [...]

For now, Foxworth remains a Raven

It’s somewhat puzzling that veteran cornerback Domonique Foxworth wasn’t released Friday along with veterans Chris Carr and Lee Evans. It has been highly publicized for weeks that Foxworth was likely on his way out with both Carr and Evans. But for the time being, Foxworth still has a job with the Ravens. Foxworth, 28, has [...]

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...

Disassembly of Ravens continues due to salary cap...

Personnel decisions of the most painful category--- that's what's going on right now at One Winning Drive in Owings Mills, Maryland...Telling a player he's still great but you can't afford him has to rank with one of the toughest jobs in the football industry.Chris Carr just got the news...Cornerback Chris Carr, 8th year out of Boise State, 5-10, 185... still effective...

Ravens Release Chris Carr, Lee Evans, Franchise Tag Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens executive vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome announced on Friday the team designated running back Ray Rice as the franchise player, and terminated the contracts of cornerback Chris Carr and wide receiver Lee Evans in the process. The Ravens’ prized star back will be guaranteed a one-year contract equivalent to the average amount of the top five paid...

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...

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…
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