Baltimore Ravens look to add cornerback depth

Over the past week, the Baltimore Ravens have been in the news because of a few different headlines, mostly pertaining to cornerbacks. First, the Ravens reportedly asked Lardarius Webb, a six-year veteran, to take a pay cut. Also, the Philadelphia Eagles released former Ravens cornerback Cary Williams, who has since said that he would welcome a return to Baltimore. Given recent struggles...
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will Lardarius Webb Agree to Restructuring Deal With Ravens?

Lardarius Webb carries a 2015 salary of $8 million dollars, with a cap hit of $12 million, the second highest on the team behind Haloti Ngata, with a $16 million cap hit. While it appears talks of restructuring Ngata's deal appear to be stalling, the Ravens will be hoping Webb is more accommodating to helping the team out. Only last season Webb agreed to a contract restructuring...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Webb is not “in-between a rock and a hard place” following pay cut questions

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Baltimore Ravens have asked veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb to take a pay cut, although it’s not exactly clear as to what that reduction would be. If you watched the Ravens closely last season, then this request should come as no surprise. Webb has struggled with injuries for three consecutive seasons now and last season he didn’t...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ravens Reportedly Ask Lardarius Webb To Take Pay Cut From $8M Salary

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Ravens have asked veteran CB Lardarius Webb to take a pay cut from his $8 million salary to be back with the team. According to Rapoport, it remains unclear whether or not Webb is willing to rework his contract to free up some much needed cap space for ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens: Best Value Free Agents To Watch

It’s not often that a team adds their top rusher and top receiver in the same offseason, but that’s exactly what the Baltimore Ravens did in 2014. The 2015 offseason calls for spots to be filled at; corner, wide receiver, tight end, safety and running back.We’re going to look at the best value for those positions. Unfortunately, DeMarco Murray won’t be on this list. We...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fixing the Ravens' Secondary

Take one look at the Ravens' 2014 secondary, and you'll find a variety of things. There were six players in the secondary who at some point in the season landed on the season-ending injured reserve list. Due to the injuries the Ravens suffered in the secondary, you'll also see a number of players who weren't even on the roster at the start of the season.Guys like Rashaan Melvin and...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tough roster payroll issues for Ravens and Lardarius Webb…

I wish Terrence Cody well— I hope he gets another chance somewhere in the league… CB Lardarius Webb is owed a scheduled $12 million in 2015 if the Ravens retain his contract as it is currently written… When Lardarius Webb is healthy (which was a day-to-day dilemma for Webb and the Ravens in 2014), he is one of the better cover corners in the league. But is he worth $12 million...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens final stats for 2014— this team has a solid base to build upon…

Don’t cry for the Ravens, Argentina… And guess what— their defensive secondary is not that bad as a group and I’ll tell you why— You lose Jimmy Smith and Asa Jackson and are forced to play Lardarius Webb with a bad back and a sore groin, and you still take New England to the brink of defeat in the AFC divisional round… Had the Ravens pass rush been able to counter Tom...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Stars aligning for Ravens upset against Patriots?

Here’s a few fun facts: The @Patriots offensive line slipped from 14th in 2013 to 23rd in @PFF‘s 2014 Rankings — PFW in Progress (@pfwinprogress) January 8, 2015 The Ravens bring pressure. Via @PFF, Brady has second worst QBR in passing under pressure among the eight playoff QBs — Jen McCaffrey ...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pees does masterful job with Ravens' depleted defense

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Drawing on the knowledge he gained over 35 years as a football coach, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees showed his creativity and expertise this season in putting together a unit that sustained its hard-hitting reputation despite several key injuries and the suspension of Haloti Ngata. The Ravens enter Saturday's playoff game at New England with six defensive...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Ravens Face Steelers Again: 5 Things to Know

Ravens vs. Steelers. Really, that is all that needs to be said. The Steelers won the AFC North division by beating Cincinnati in the final game of the season. The Ravens won on Sunday and waited to claim the final playoff spot in the AFC.Whatever way these teams got to the playoffs does not matter – these contests are brutal and at many times, violent. Picking a winner is almost...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers host rival Ravens at Heinz Field on Wild Card Saturday

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saturday, January 3, 2015, 8:15 p.m. (ET) Key Matchup Ben Roethlisberger vs. Baltimore’s secondary. Playoff football normally comes down to quarterback play. Thanks to the season-ending injury to top corner Jimmy Smith, the Ravens secondary is depleted and finished the season ranked 23rd against the pass...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Lardarius Webb compares Jimmy Graham to LeBron James

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE The Baltimore Ravens are preparing for their match-up with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.  It’s a game of importance for the Ravens as a loss would put them at 6-5 and put a dent in their chances of making the playoffs. The Saints in comparison are not having a good season at all.  They are 4-6 and have lost two in a row at home...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

4 reasons the Baltimore Ravens bye week is a godsend

1. The Ravens secondary gets time to gel. The bye week comes at a good time for the back third of the Ravens, as they are given an extra week of preparation to allow themselves to coagulate as a unit.  In general, it is a long shot trying to scrape together a defensive back unit at the end of the season, and likely, the Ravens situation isn’t much different.  However Danny Gorrer...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens’ Jimmy Smith has season-ending foot surgery

            The Baltimore Ravens announced Thursday that cornerback Jimmy Smith had foot surgery in the morning and is out for the remainder of the season. Smith suffered the foot injury in Cincinnati in Week 8. It was originally ruled a sprain and coach John Harbaugh at first thought he would miss just a few weeks. “The plan for...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens face Pittsburgh Steelers at their optimum offensive state

The Ravens have three cornerbacks who are healthy in Lardarius Webb, Dominique Franks and Chykie Brown.  They figure to need all three — and then some — in their matchup against the Steelers Sunday night. Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receptions, if that’s any indication of his quality.  On the opposite side is burgeoning rookie Martavis Bryant, a fourth-round pick from...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Lardarius Webb unlikely to be back with Ravens next year?

Jamison Hensley of ESPN doesn’t expect veteran CB Lardarius Webb to be back with the Ravens next season. According to Hensley, “it’s hard to justify paying him $8 million in salary in 2015,” especially when there is no way that they can be sure Webb will be healthy enough to suit up. Webb has already missed three of the team’s first five games this year due to a back...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Singing in the rain as Ravens head to Tampa…

There’s plenty of positives for Ravens fans to take out of the close loss to the Colts as the team prepares for Tampa Bay on Sunday. Haloti Ngata got yet another “Fat Guy” interception and even threw in a spin-move on a short return! That’s the 6th pass defensed by Ngata so far this season— an incredible stat for a 350-pound defensive lineman. Rookie inside linebacker...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens deal with budding injuries, team re-signs a cornerback

The Ravens defense was on the field for over 38 minutes in Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.  The affects of that contest are going to be felt beyond this week. Asa Jackson and Chris Canty are both expected to miss multiple weeks.  Both players are part of depleted positional corps, and Canty in particular has been the last line of defense at the five-technique position.  The Ravens...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens in bounce-back mode after another road loss

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens started their most challenging stretch of the season with a miserable thud. Facing the Indianapolis Colts on the road Sunday, the Ravens reverted to the form they displayed last year in a 20-13 defeat. Baltimore committed three turnovers, gave up four sacks, converted only one of 11 third-down plays and yielded 422 yards. That ended a...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens play the Colts tough but lose, 20-13…

The Ravens left it all on the field—no question about their collective effort—at Lucas Oil Stadium, where they are now a lifetime 0-5. They limited Andrew Luck to 20 points and had pressure on him all day. Problem is, the Colts defense had equal or more pressure on Joe Flacco, and made life very uncomfortable for the Ravens offense. Lardarius Webb (suffering from a herniated...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens: Five keys to defeating the Colts in week five

The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) head to Indianapolis for only their second road game of the season.  They face the Colts (2-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST on CBS.  Coming off a big win against the Panthers, the Ravens can soar to first place in the AFC North with a win over the Colts if the Bengals fall to the Patriots Sunday night.  However, the Colts are 14-4 at...
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ravens secondary will be targeted by Andrew Luck and the Colts…

The Ravens defensive backfield is like a M.A.S.H. unit right now… and Andrew Luck is prepared to operate. The Ravens front seven may not be able to get enough pressure on Luck and his passing game to offset the depletion in their secondary. The Ravens’ best corner Lardarius Webb is still out with recurring lower back spasms— it’s beginning to look like Webb may be out...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ravens safety play, and addressing the elephant in the room

When the Ravens drafted Matt Elam in the first-round last year, we assumed that would solidify at least one safety spot for four years. Elam’s career has started in more of a stumbling manner than a running one, not dissimilar to Jimmy Smith coming out of Colorado.  We know that Smith was worthy of that selection, but with Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams and Corey Graham, the depth...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The most disappointing Baltimore Ravens in 2014 have been…

Torrey Smith While there are valid questions to be raised about how much of Torrey Smith’s lack of production has been due to a lack of targets, his lack of production is impossible to ignore.  Through three weeks, it is obvious that Steve Smith Sr. has usurped Torrey as the lead receiver, and to make things all the more interesting, Torrey is actually on the field more than...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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