Ravens News 2/11: Nerve Energy and More

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4 things to know about new Ravens president Sashi Brown – Blair Young

He has 13 years of experience in the NFL

Brown’s last stint with the NFL was with the Cleveland Browns from 2013 to 2017. He served as their executive vice president of operations for the past two years. He was responsible for developing visions and strategies for the team. He also oversaw scouting, roster management, and the salary cap. The end of his tenure in Cleveland wasn’t great as they finished with a combined 1-31 record and were the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16. His time with the Browns may not have been what he wanted, but you could say that despite the record, he set them up for future success. They’ve gone 32-32-1 since leaving, including a playoff appearance in 2020. Brown debuted with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 as general counsel and senior vice president, spending eight years with them.

Lamar Jackson contract, potential free agent/re-signing targets: Ravens’ mailbag, part 2 – Jeff Zrebiec

What are some potential free agent targets the Ravens might be interested in? -Bryan M.

The Ravens have spent a lot of money on free agent safety in the past and it’s done more harm than good. I know the fans are crying out for Tyrann Mathieu. I would be more inclined to look at a younger, cheaper option, such as Marcus Maye, if they are comfortable with his health.

I haven’t heard much chatter about the chances of re-signing Anthony Avertette Where DeShon Elliott. Do you think there is a chance to come back? -Benjamin S.

Yeah, there’s a hit. Averett is probably less likely than Elliott, simply because Averett will have a bigger market. The Ravens have already invested heavily in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, so I don’t see them spending too much to keep Averett. Plus, you’d think Averett wants to go somewhere he’s a lock to start with and it’s not Baltimore if Humphrey and Peters are healthy. It must be said that Averett’s biggest supporter in the organization was Don “Wink” Martindale and he left. I think the Ravens’ chances of re-signing Averett hinge on a market that just doesn’t materialize for the cornerback and Baltimore brings him back on a modest deal. As for Elliott, there’s a deal to be done and it probably wouldn’t cost the Ravens much. But the Ravens need to consider diversifying their safety squad and an extended, ball-peddling safety is a much better complement to Chuck Clark. Elliott is a good player and a good fit for the Ravens, but it’s not his game.

7 ways the Ravens could create extra cap space this offseason – Justin Fried

Ravens could release Tavon Young

Of the potential options on this list, this is the least ideal. Tavon Young has finally put together a full and healthy season in 2021 – in a year where seemingly all of his teammates have been injured.

Young is a good player and an important part of the Ravens’ secondary, but he’s expected to carry a cap of $9.18 in 2022, the seventh-highest on the roster. The Ravens could release him and save nearly $6 million with a $3.38 million dead cap charge.

The Ravens want to keep Young, but his price might be a bit high for their liking. Freeing it would almost double their available ceiling space at the moment, which presents an intriguing option.

Still, given that other key members of their secondary are set to hit free agency, the Ravens will likely do what they can to keep Young.

Ravens potential draft target: cornerback Trent McDuffie – Todd Karpovich

McDuffie was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, started 11 games and finished with 35 tackles last season. He was named the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the playoff awards banquet.

Here is the analysis of FanNation’s Bible project:

McDuffie is a corner with average height and terrific instincts that shine in Washington’s defense. He stands out for his natural sense of the position, as well as his understanding of where he has help. His eyes always seem to be in the right place and he picks up route combinations very quickly. He rarely has a lost step in his drops or breaks, and his angles are impeccable.

The question is whether McDuffie will fall to the Ravens at No. 14.

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network picked McDuffie by the New York Jets with the 10th overall pick, the second cornerback drafted behind Ahmad Gardner of Cincinnati, who projects as the 6th overall pick for the Carolina Panthers.

Super Bowl LVI: Sixteen players and coaches reveal stories of Super Bowl nerfs – Jamison Hensley

Ray Lewis: ‘You need to calm down, honey, you need to calm down’

Lewis is a two-time Super Bowl champion. He earned MVP honors while helping the Ravens beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, then had seven tackles in a win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

“I always had a confident, nervous energy. It never felt like the game was too big or anxiety took hold of it. It was never that for me, it was always in the game. moment, I was so in the moment.

“Rod Woodson used to tell me all the time, ‘You need to calm down, honey, you need to calm down.’ ‘Cause I was just always ready for the moment….Let’s get through all these flags and volleys crossed and smack the ball in. In my whole career, I’ll tell you this, I’ve always been ready to lead.

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