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.
Matt Elam expected to move to strong safety
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/4/14) The Ravens' Matt Elam is expected to move from free safety to strong safety for his second season, reports the Baltimore Sun. Current strong safety James Ihedigbo is a free agent.
Elam had 77 tackles, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and an interception while playing all 16 games. The paper expects the hard-hitting Elam "to make a much bigger impact" at strong safety, his more natural position.
James Ihedigbo: Terrell Suggs might be fit in Cleveland
Suggs' contract expires after next season. He is due to earn $7.8 million in 2014 and would represent a $12.4 million cap hit for his team. His performance down the stretch this season is a concern, leading to speculation that he could be cut to save the team money.
Ihedigbo believes defensive-minded Browns coach Mike Pettine, who served as a Ravens defensive coach from 2002 to 2008, will seek to snap up Suggs.
"You gotta think Mike Pettine got the head-coaching job in Cleveland," he told the team website "Are they going to come in and try to get Terrell Suggs, and put him right opposite Paul Kruger like he was before?"
The Browns are still looking to ramp up their outside pass rush. Kruger and rookie Barkevious Mingo proved disappointing in 2013. But Suggs also struggled, managing just two sacks in the last eight games after posting eight in the first 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)