by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/4/14) Linebacker Rolando McClain has not played since retiring in 2012, but he has his eyes on making a return to the league. As he told the Carroll County Times, he hopes to return to the Ravens, and has a meeting with general manager Ozzie Newsome Friday about a possible return.
The Ravens retain McClain's rights after he retired following a string of incidents with the law. He plans to be with the team when offseason workouts begin April 21, if Newsome gives him approval.
Smith had 123 tackles and five sacks while starting every game for Baltimore last season.
Ravens, Daryl Smith discussing contract
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/23/14) The Ravens have had talks with Daryl Smith's agent about the team re-signing the free agent linebacker, reports the team's website. Smith, who turns 32 next month, had 123 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions last season.
“Daryl did a great job for us,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We have engaged in some conversations with his representative.”
Ravens give Terrell Suggs contract extension
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/18/14) The Ravens signed linebacker Terrell Suggs to a contract extension, reports the Baltimore Sun. The deal is worth four years and $28.5 million.
"It's just really a great day for me, and I'm truly flattered," said Suggs on Monday. "I'm honored that I get to be a Raven for life."
The new contract, which extends through 2018, includes an $11 million signing bonus and $16 million in guaranteed money. It also cut Suggs' salary cap figure to $7.8 million, down from the original figure of $12.4 million under his previous six-year, $62.5 million deal, which was set to expire following the 2014 season.
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/9/14) Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, 31, counts $12.4 million against the salary cap in 2014, and NFL.com estimates there's a 40 percent chance he'll be released. Suggs had nine sacks and 60 tackles in the first half of last season before fading badly down the stretch.
He had one sack and 20 tackles in the last eight games.
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The turnover on the Ravens defense following the Super Bowl was alarming but the team did a very nice job picking up veteran and rookie talent to fix the holes. The most notable signing is linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who should replace Paul Kruger effectively as a pass rusher. Dumervil had his best career stats as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Broncos. Michael Huff will replace Ed Reed and rookie Matt Elam will replace Bernard Pollard. Arthur Brown should begin his NFL career following in Ray Lewis' foot steps and Chris Canty and Marcus Spears add quality veteran depth to the Ravens' defensive line. Throw in Jacoby Jones returning kicks and punts and suddenly the Ravens DST is back on the map as a legit Fantasy option. It's worth one of your last two picks on Draft Day. Just be warned that they get off to a tough start at Denver in Week 1. (Updated 5/15/13)