Friday, March 23, 2012

Ravens sign Considine

Ok, now it's been a really busy day for the Ravens.

At the team's 3pm press conference, we expected the team to announce the three previously-reported signings of Corey Graham, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Jameel McClain.

They threw in one more.

The team announced they have also signed safety Sean Considine to a one-year deal.

Considine is a former fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in 2005. He left the Eagles after the 2008 and spent two season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Considine began last season with the Carolina Panthers, but was cut after four games and finished the year with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Ravens are aggressively attempting to improve on special teams, as evidenced by today's moves. Considine will provide more special teams help, and will also provide depth at safety.

The move also reunites Considine with head coach John Harbaugh, who coached Considine as the Eagle's special teams coordinator from 2005-2006, and as the Eagle's defensive backs coach in 2007.

Ravens re-sign LB McClain

It's been a busy day for the Ravens.

In addition to the signings of CB Corey Graham and LB Brendon Ayanbadejo, the team has announced that starting LB Jameel McClain has been re-signed as well. It's reportedly a three-year deal.

McClain also visited with the Denver Broncos, but had previously voiced his desire to stay in Baltimore.

It's a great move, McClain is only 26 and has really came into his own as the starting ILB next to Ray Lewis.

The team will have a press conference at 3pm today to announce the signings.

Ravens agree to terms with Ayanbadejo

The folks at ProFootballTalk  are reporting that the Ravens have agreed to terms with Linebacker/Special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Ayanbadejo has been with the Ravens since coming from Chicago as a free agent after the 2007 season.

The move has been expected for some time, back in our 2012 free agency preview we attributed Ayanbadejo a 4 out of 5 on the COR (chance of returning) scale.

The 35 year old Ayanbadejo has primarily been a special teams player (and a great one) most of his career, but has recently emerged with more playing time on defense, and has performed well.

PFT reports the new deal is for three years.

Ravens sign CB Corey Graham

The Ravens have signed free agent cornerback and special teams ace Corey Graham.

Graham spent his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears after being drafted in the fifth-round out of New Hampshire in 2007.

Although his contributions on defense have been minimal, (He hasn't started a game since 2009) he is a beast on special teams, and was the NFC's pro-bowl special teamer this past season.

Graham visited with the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions this offseason, and was also open to staying with the Bears. In the end, he decided the Ravens were the best fit.

"I believe it's a better situation for me and a better opportunity with a fresh start," Graham told the Chicago Tribune. "I gave the Bears every opportunity but they moved on. All around, Baltimore is just a better deal for me and my family."

The signing will add additional depth at cornerback and will help fill the special teams void left by the departures of Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WR Lee Evans visiting Jaguars today

Wide receiver Lee Evans was cut by the Ravens on March 3rd after an immensely disappointing first season with the team which saw Evans catch only four passes during the regular season.

He was slowed by injury and only appeared in nine regular season games, and finished the season by dropping an end-zone pass in the AFC Conference Championship that could have propelled the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

Still, he has great speed and if fully healthy (and at a lower salary) he can still make a positive impact on a team.  There was talk soon after his release that Evans could possibly be back in Baltimore with a less expensive deal.

However, Evans is now drawing some interest in the free agent market. The Florida Times-Union is reporting that Evans is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars today. The Jaguars have already signed former Cowboys WR Laurent Robinson to a 5-year $32.5 million deal, but still need more help at the receiver position.

If signed, Evans would be reunited with new Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, who took Evans in the first round of the draft during Mularkey's first season as Buffalo's head coach back in 2004.

Monday, March 19, 2012

WR Ted Ginn visited Ravens

Free-Agent wide receiver Tedd Ginn Jr. visited the Ravens during the past week, as was reported by Adam Caplan.

Ginn, the former Miami Dolphins first-round pick, has spent the last two years playing with the San Francisco 49ers. He has blazing speed, but hasn't come close to living up to his draft position as a receiver. However, Ginn is definitely a great asset in the return game.

The Ravens surely don't wish to continue using Lardarius Webb as a returner, being that he has developed into a pro-bowl caliber corner. Additionally, WR David Reed, who was showing promise as a kickoff returner, is coming off a torn ACL and S Tom Zbikowski who was used at returner as well, is now playing his ball in Indy.

And so, Ginn could be a good fit for the Ravens. He adds speed to the receiver group, and even though he would probably end up only being 4th or 5th on the depth chart at WR, he would give a huge boost on special teams.

Not to mention John Harbaugh has surely gotten an honest scouting report from his brother (San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh) on Ginn.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ravens 2012 free agency update

Let's get you caught up on the Ravens offseason thus far. We went over the Ravens free agents last month. So far five Ravens players have signed with new teams. Those players are:

LB Jarrett Johnson (pictured)
The perennially underrated Johnson signed a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.

G Ben Grubbs
The pro-bowler and former first-round pick signed a five-year $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.

DE Cory Redding
As we speculated, Chuck Pagano wanted to bring some of his defensive players with him to Indianapolis. Redding signed a three-year $10.5 million deal with the Colts.

S Tom Zbikowski
Zbikowski also followed Pagano to Indy, signing a three-year deal as well.

S Haruki Nakamura
Nakamura signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

The Ravens have only re-signed one of the unrestricted free agents thus far, C Matt Birk signed a three-year deal to remain in Baltimore.