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Coach Jim Harbaugh insists the Ravens are going to "really make a run" at re-signing LG Ben Grubbs.

"We've offered –- I don't know if we've offered it yet –- but we're in negotiations of offering a lot of money," Harbaugh told a local radio station. Harbaugh believes his guard duo of Grubbs and Marshal Yanda is as good as any in the league, and "we're going to pay Ben as such." Whether Grubbs agrees that amount is "a lot of money" remains to be seen. Feb 24 - 10:06 AM

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Really. He says he would do anything to win but he lets his friendships come infront of that. How about he says taking camp from Westminster will make the team better. How exactly does that work? I could go on and on.


Because he won't have to work logistics and neither will the players. Having the whole kit and kaboodle in one place makes sense from every perspective except the fans that enjoyed seeing them at Westminster. I feel for them, but without the logistics and wasted money they can spend that time and resource elsewhere.


If he's letting friendship get in the way, he should continue, cuz he's winning, and winning, and winning, and winning, and winning.

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From the Ravens website...


“He [Reed] met with John and he told John that he is going to get himself prepared to come back and play in 2012,” Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.


“We’ve had the opportunity to assess our roster and we will make some moves between now and March 13 to release some players,” Newsome said.


He did not provide any specifics about which players the Ravens were planning to waive or how much salary they might cut.


However, the Ravens are working on contract extensions with quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and left guard Ben Grubbs, so cutting salary could be a way to keep all three of those players in Baltimore long-term.


“We have a strategy in place that will allow us to have the ability to sign players that we want to sign,” Newsome said.


In terms of Rice, Newsome reiterated that the preference is to work out on a long-term deal, but that the Ravens would use the franchise tag on him if they can’t reach a new contract before free agency.


“Hopefully we won’t get to that,” Newsome said.


Grubbs is another prized unrestricted free agent, and the Ravens made it clear they want the Pro Bowl left guard to remain with them.


“Ben is a player that we would love to have back in Baltimore,” Newsome said. “We will see how things will work out between now and the beginning of free agency.”



“I had a conversation with Jarret at the end of the season and I told him I would maintain communication with him throughout the process,” Newsome said.


“Jarret is a Raven. He plays like a Raven. We’d love to have him back if things can work itself out.”


McClain had his best season yet last year, recording 84 tackles, one sack and an interception.


“We would like to have Jameel back, yes,” Newsome said.


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On Friday Newsome obviously didn’t name any players who might be in jeopardy, but here are some candidates:


Domonique Foxworth – He has played just two games in the last two years because of a knee injury, and he is due to make more than $7 million in 2012. With a new generation of cornerbacks (Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, Jimmy Smith) developing ahead of him, Foxworth is almost certain to go. He might retire if he can’t get his knee back to 100 percent.


Chris Carr – See above. The Ravens retained him out of free agency at a high price before the season because they were worried they wouldn’t have any cornerbacks. But he wound up in a reserve role and is due over $4 million in 2012.


Lee Evans – He caught just four passes after coming from Buffalo in a preseason trade, and of course, flubbed his big moment in New England. His track record suggests he’ll bounce back, but he won’t start because of Torrey Smith’s emergence, and is due almost $5 million. He could come back at a lower price if he is willing.



That free's up some decent money. Not having to use the franchise tag would free up more.


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Nicely stated.


I do not blieve HArbs with Westminster. I just don't think he wants to go out there. Maybe he doesn't want to be from his family. I do think "it will make us better" concept is very overstated.


I have the impression that Harbaugh hates anything that might cause a distraction, in particular, fan interaction. I also believe that is why he canceled the coach call-in show.


It is serving him well and will continue to do so for as long as he can take fans for granted regardless of how poorly he treats them.


But NFL teams can not take fans for granted, just look at Cincinnati this year or Jacksonville the last several years. However, that will be a lesson Biscotti is going to have learn, not Harbaugh because I get the feeling he is set in his hatred of fan interaction.

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If you were capable of being an NFL head coach and you had people questioning you all the time, you would get irked too. Not because the question was asked, but because most people cannot possibly imagine the work that these guys put in. It's absolutely not something that anyone can do. Most people just wanna bitch after the fact, they have no idea what it's like to be in the fire fight.


As for not being able to see how not having to move an entire facility back and forth would serve the Ravens, you obviously havne't moved much in your lifetime. Moving a family of 6 is hard enough. Try making accomodations for 200 plus. It's not so easy. Take the stress away and use a place that is familiar. It's a smart idea.

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The Ravens say they are offering guard Ben Grubbs a lot of money. It doesn’t sound like that will be enough to prevent Grubbs from testing the free agent market.

“Ben is extremely highly regarded in this league. He’s in the prime of his career and may or may not have another opportunity to sign another significant contract,” Grubbs’ agent Pat Dye told the Baltimore Sun. “He needs to be sure that he explores all his options.”

That doesn’t sound like an agent eager to sign a deal quickly. Dye isn’t ruling out a new contract before free agency starts, but he also said a deal is not imminent despite Baltimore’s serious attempts to Grubbs.

Our general rule: Once it gets this close to free agency, it is very hard to get a player to sign a contract. Ahmad Brooks was an exception yesterday and there will be more. But guys like Grubbs have waited four years to see what they could earn. What’s two more weeks?


Sure John you will keep him around.

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  • 2 weeks later...






Grubbs, though, is expected to leave via free agency for bigger money elsewhere. The Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland Browns are among the teams expected to show interest in the former first-round pick.


The Ravens already made a major investment at guard last August when they signed Pro Bowl blocker Marshal Yanda to a five-year, $32 million contract that included a $10 million signing bonus.


Grubbs’ five-year, $9.175 million rookie deal has expired, and he’s now expected to command an even more lucrative contract than Yanda.


Most NFL teams don’t traditionally pay both of their offensive guards at high market-value levels, or have two elite offensive guards.


“It gets a little complicated,” said Grubbs, who was paid $2.995 million last season after triggering an escalator clause in his contract. “I don’t want to say too much or too little. I was drafted by the Ravens. I’ve established a great foundation there, and I’ve got my boys there. Everything is good there.


“I have a lot of faith and trust that something good will happen no matter what, but I know it’s a business. People can be here one day and then gone tomorrow. Will a new chapter open up for me? I don’t know, but I have faith that everything will be all right.”

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