Ravens Rumors & News

  • NFL TV viewership fumbles for the first time in 4 years

    New York Post "NFL TV viewership fell last season for the first time in four years — and you can’t blame Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for the slide. Sure, the number of people tuning into NFL games fell 14 percent through Week 9 of the 2016 season — which ended a day before Election Day — but they were..." January 24

  • Ravens' Weddle added to Pro Bowl

    Baltimore Sun "The Ravens felt that Eric Weddle was a glaring omission from the AFC team when the Pro Bowl rosters were announced last month, but the veteran safety will be participating in the game after all. Weddle, 32, was added to the AFC roster on Monday with New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty..." January 23

  • Country star Luke Bryan to sing national anthem in Houston

    CBS Sports "The NFL announced Sunday that country music star Luke Bryan will perform the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bryan, a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 5, to belt out "The..." January 22

  • NFL teams may have to jam cell signals in locker rooms

    Pro Football Talk "As the Antonio Brown Face Book Live fiasco prepares to yield to an actual football game (during which it will be “fair or not” to point out the potential social-media infraction distraction if Brown struggles), there’s a lingering question about the situation that gave rise to the..." January 22

  • Kenneth Dixon's rookie campaign was a series of lessons learned for the Ravens' running back

    Baltimore Sun "Kenneth Dixon’s debut in the NFL rode a learning curve as sharp and steep as the Ravens' running back could have expected. From leading the team in the preseason in carries and rushing yards to sitting out the first four games of the regular season because of a knee injury to starting slowly to..." January 22

  • Zach Orr says he’s “forced to walk away” because of neck condition

    Pro Football Talk "Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is retiring not because he wants to, but because doctors are telling him he has to. Orr says an examination on a herniated disc revealed that he has a rare neck condition that could result in a serious, life-changing injury if he continued to play. As a result, he’s..." January 20

  • Ravens LB Zach Orr Retiring From NFL

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Ravens LB Zach Orr is retiring from the NFL due to a serious injury. According to Rapoport, the Ravens weren’t able to talk Orr out of walking away from the NFL. Mike Garafolo adds that Orr was playing with a cracked bone in his shoulder late in..." January 20

  • Ravens, LB Zach Orr Progressing Towards Deal

    Pro Football Rumors "The Ravens and linebacker Zach Orr have made “considerable progress” towards an extension agreement, tweets Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Baltimore has a press conference scheduled for Friday, leading La Canfora to speculate that the club could announce the new contract at that time. Orr,..." January 20

  • Ravens hire Joe D’Alessandris as offensive line coach

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens have filled their vacant offensive line coach position, hiring veteran assistant Joe D’Alessandris. He replaced Juan Castillo, who went to Buffalo to work on coach Sean McDermott’s staff." January 19

  • Joe Flacco expects Marty Mornhinweg to put stamp on offense this year

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens made an in-season change at offensive coordinator when they dismissed Marc Trestman and elevated Marty Mornhinweg from offensive coordinator. It wasn’t always the smoothest transition and quarterback Joe Flacco lamented the offense getting too conservative during a late November game..." January 19

  • Joe Flacco supports return of Marty Mornhinweg

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the big surprises after the NFL regular season ended was that the Baltimore Ravens retained offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Reports towards the end of the season said the Ravens were unlikely to retain Mornhinweg after the team’s offense struggled, but that changed. Apparently..." January 19

  • Ravens owner: Joe Flacco's knee injury hurt QB in '16

    NFL.com "Did Joe Flacco's rehab from a 2015 knee injury cause his up-and-down 2016 season? "The recovery from what everybody else says that they are not back completely, did that mess with his mind? Did that mess with his timing, his accuracy?" Owner Steve Bisciotti said, via the team's official..." January 19

  • Morgan Cox added to AFC Pro Bowl team

    Pro Football Talk "There have been a fair number of players added to the Pro Bowl rosters the last couple of weeks as players have dropped out, but the latest addition to the AFC team didn’t come with a corresponding departure. The Ravens announced that long snapper Morgan Cox has been named to the team by Chiefs..." January 18

  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti: Too many commercials during NFL broadcasts

    Sportress of Blogitude "Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes there’s a relatively simple solution to solve the ratings woes suffered by the NFL this past season: Reduce the “absurd” amount of commercials and breaks in the action. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that nobody wants to see two minutes..." January 17

  • Former Ravens president David Modell dies

    Baltimore Sun "David Modell, a former president of the Baltimore Ravens and the son of former team owner Art Modell, died of lung cancer Friday, the team announced. He was 56. Called the "unsung son," Mr. Modell was considered an architect of the Ravens team that won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. "David hated..." January 13

  • Ravens hire former Bills OC Greg Roman as senior offensive assistant

    CBS Sports "The Ravens have been searching for a way to invigorate their ailing offense for a while now. They've cycled through five offensive coordinators since John Harbaugh took over as their coach (Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak, Marc Trestman, and now Marty Mornhinweg) and none has been able to..." January 12

  • Despite empty seats, Ravens considering raising ticket prices

    Baltimore Sun "Though owner Steve Bisciotti noticed empty seats during a season in which his team missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, the Ravens are considering raising ticket prices at M&T Bank Stadium for the 2017 campaign. A final announcement is not expected until later this month or in..." January 11

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Ravens may try to talk Steve Smith out of retirement

    Pro Football Talk "Steve Smith said he retired from the Ravens at the end of the 2016 season. The team isn’t quite ready to say goodbye. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he still thinks Smith’s mind could change, and he sounded like he’d consider contacting Smith to see what it would take to get him back on the..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Ravens Could Sign Veteran Wide Receiver

    Pro Football Rumors "The Ravens are losing Steve Smith to retirement, and Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome isn’t ruling out the idea of replacing Smith’s production with a free agent veteran receiver, according to Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter link). In addition to Smith, Kamar Aiken is also an..." January 10

  • Ravens To Bring Terrell Suggs Back In 2017

    Pro Football Rumors "Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is under contract through 2018, but he’s due to carry a cap number of $6.95MM in each of the next two seasons. That’s a significant amount of money for a player who turns 35 next fall and has suffered two biceps tears in four years. Still, general manager Ozzie..." January 10

  • Ravens want more from Joe Flacco

    Pro Football Talk "Is Joe Flacco elite? That question has followed him long enough to become one of the first things associated with the Ravens quarterback. It’s also the first thing that came to mind when owner Steve Bisciotti talked about the quarterback during a press conference on Tuesday. After a season that..." January 10

  • Ravens want to add game-breaker to backfield

    ESPN "Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West proved themselves this past season. He feels those running backs made names for themselves. But ... "We need another back," Harbaugh said. "What type of back that is? I think we’re talking about it. We have a..." January 09

  • Ex-Ravens coach compares Connor Cook to first-round bust Kyle Boller

    CBS Sports "Saturday was a long, long, loooong day for Raiders rookie Connor Cook. The third-string quarterback made his first NFL start in the wild-card matchup against the Texans and it's hard to envision how things could have gone worse. When it was over, Cook was 18 of 45 for 161 yards with a..." January 08

  • Steve Smith's retirement letter includes final shot at DBs

    ESPN "Steve Smith Sr. has officially retired from the NFL, doing so in his own unique and humorous way. It also befitted the Baltimore Ravens wide receiver's fiery 16-year career. Smith tweeted a picture of a letter Friday that he sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, writing that he "will no..." January 06

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million

    Covers.com "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Source: Seahawks signing Hester for playoffs

    ESPN "With their first playoff game four days away, the Seattle Seahawks are hoping to boost their special teams by signing veteran returner Devin Hester, a source confirmed Tuesday night to ESPN. The Baltimore Ravens waived Hester last month after he struggled through injuries and showed a hesitancy..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • 'Hard Knocks' 2017: Which teams are eligible for this year's HBO show?

    Sporting News "HBO's "Hard Knocks," a well-produced show that gives fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of training camp, is a popular series. There's always intrigue before the show starts in the summer, as producers must first select a team for the season. The league in 2013 mandated..." January 03

  • 'Very frustrating' 2016 has Ravens' Kamar Aiken keeping free-agent options open

    Baltimore Sun "Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken on Monday made clear his view on what he is capable of in the NFL. “I’m a starter in this league, and I feel like I can make a lot of plays, and I make plays when they come my way,” he said. Aiken’s perspective did not jibe with his coaches’, however, which..." January 03

  • Ravens' Smith confirms retirement, says he's going home

    Complex "After 16 years in the NFL, Steve Smith has officially retired. Following the Baltimore Ravens' 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Smith posted a message on his Instagram account, hinting that his next game would be his last. In the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Cincinnati..." January 02

  • Steve Smith's cleats for final game pay tribute to Panthers, teammates

    CBS Sports "In what will likely be the final game of his career, Ravens wideout Steve Smith plans to give thanks to his former teammates and former team. Smith, according to a photo he posted on Twitter, will honor the Carolina Panthers and former teammates of his with his cleats in week 17. " January 01

  • Burkhead's big day lifts Bengals over Ravens

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Two weeks ago the Baltimore Ravens had everything in their grasp. But, an AFC North title and the chance for another Super Bowl run faded in the closing seconds of a tough loss at Pittsburgh last week. On Sunday in Cincinnati, it was apparent that the emotional fallout from the..." January 01

  • Eric Weddle escapes fine for touchdown facemask of Antonio Brown

    Pro Football Talk "At times, the NFL’s procedure for determining who does and doesn’t get fined for on-field infractions resembles a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Played by children with inner-ear disorders. During an earthquake. On Sunday in Pittsburgh, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s touchdown..." December 31

  • John Harbaugh’s long-term future with Ravens in question after another disappointing year

    Baltimore Sun "When John Harbaugh exited Paul Brown Stadium a year ago, about an hour removed from a season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he turned the page on what some around the team said they believed was one of his best coaching jobs. Three seasons after Harbaugh guided his team to a victory in..." December 31

  • Joe Flacco has a surprising message for Ben Roethlisberger after losing to Steelers

    CBS Sports "When Joe Flacco walked off the field after watching his team lose to the Steelers on Christmas Day, he could've given Ben Roethlisberger a fast handshake and quickly headed to the locker room. However, that's not what he did. When the two quarterbacks met at midfield after Pittsburgh's 31-27..." December 31

  • Ravens promote Keenan Reynolds to active roster

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens have promoted rookie Keenan Reynolds from the practice squad to the active roster. A record-setting quarterback at Navy, Reynolds was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens last spring as a kick returner and wide receiver. He was waived at the end of the preseason and has been on the..." December 30

  • Ravens claim Vince Mayle

    Pro Football Talk "The Ravens claimed wide receiver Vince Mayle via waivers from the Cowboys on Friday. Linebacker Zachary Orr was placed on the injured-reserve list to create a roster spot. Earlier Friday the Ravens promoted wide receiver/kick returner Keenan Reynolds to the active roster." December 30

  • Ravens’ Elvis Dumervil reveals he had surgery on torn Achilles tendon

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Thursday afternoon report from Jamison Hensley of ESPN, Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Elvis Dumervil previously underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon this past offseason. Prior to Thursday, no one had ever acknowledged that what was being referred to as an injury to “the..." December 29

  • Steve Smith: Sunday Will ‘Probably Be My Last Game’

    CBS Philly "37-year-old Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is “89-percent” sure Sunday will be his last NFL game. “I’m about 89-percent sure,” Smith told reporters. “Pretty sure I know what I want to do. I got great support from my family. My wife supports me whichever way I want to go. My boys want me to..." December 29

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Report: Ravens’ John Harbaugh extended past 2017

    Fanrag Sports "The last known extension for John Harbaugh ran through the 2017 season. However, it now appears the longtime Ravens coach has more years on a deal that was never formally announced. A source informed ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley that the Harbaugh will not be entering a walk year and is instead..." December 28

  • Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith hints at retirement on Instagram

    Fox Sports "The Baltimore Ravens were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, and wide receiver Steve Smith hinted that he’s heading toward his final NFL game. Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers dropped the Baltimore Ravens to 8-7 with one game to go this season, and officially eliminated..." December 27

  • Eric Weddle: I Would Choose Baltimore 100 Times Over Again

    BaltimoreRavens.com "Eric Weddle’s first season in Baltimore won’t end the way he hoped. The Ravens were eliminated from postseason contention Sunday with their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the veteran safety told a group of reporters that he has no regrets about coming to Baltimore as a free agent this..." December 26

  • Did the Ravens' Kyle Juszczyk score with too much time left against the Steelers?

    CBS Sports "Seventy-eight seconds before Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers mounted their AFC North-clinching drive, the Ravens had just put the finishing touches on 14-play, 75-yard drive of their own that culminated with fullback Kyle Juszczyk treading defenders on the way to the end zone on one of the..." December 26