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Tweet Follow me Friday 1st of March and today the Atlanta Falcons cut three veteran players, running back Michael Turner, defensive back Dunta Robinson and defensive end John Abraham. These three moves free up around $16 million in salary cap space, moving their overall figure to somewhere around $21 million with free agency looming. The least surprising of the three moves was cutting 31 year old running back Michael Turner which in itself saved the Falcons $6.4 million. Turner had been a big part of the Mike Smith,...

Tweet Follow me The Baltimore Ravens likely saw the last of offensive tackle (OT) Bryant McKinnie. On Wednesday, CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reported that they do not expect to sign McKinnie to a new deal before the start of free agency on March 13. McKinnie became a Raven 2011 after playing for the Minnesota Vikings. He was a starter in 2011, but in 2012 he spent most of the season sitting on the sidelines until injuries gave him time on the field. He had a rocky start to the 2012 season. In June he missed the team’s...

Tweet Follow me The news that the Oakland Raiders want to bring in former Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns coach / executive Mike Holmgren means one thing: the Silver and Black that Al Davis built is not only no more, it’s rudderless. Bringing in Holmgren, the disciple of the late Bill Walsh’ short passing attack, sends a signal that the organization has no blueprint for success after Al Davis’ passing. Consider that in just a year, the Oakland Raiders have sacked a head coach, Hue Jackson,...

Tweet Follow me Admit it Ravens Nation, you know you love seeing Jacoby Jones do his thing in the end zone…Well now he’ll share his “Choppa City Juke” and “Cabbage Patch” with the rest of the nation. He is taking his moves to ‘Dancing With The Stars’ (DWTS). He lobbied to go on the show during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month. It was announced on  a commercial break during the Oscars Sunday night. The official announcement will be made Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America”...

Tweet Follow me Welcome to Part 2 of The Best of NFL Free Agency. In Part 2 we will cover Defense. Part 3 will cover Offensive and Defensive Line and Special Teams.     Linebackers  Chase Blackburn-Giants The word out of New York is that the Giants want to keep Blackburn but the Giants have a number of key free agents and Blackburn may get to test the open market, where he’ll likely get more money, again due to the Giants salary cap problems.  Possible Destinations: Giants, Bears, Falcons, Cowboys,...

Tweet Follow me No football player sets out to play for 15 years in the National Football League. Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk will tell you it’s never something he planned, it was something that just happened. After winning the Super Bowl earlier this month, Birk thought about his future and contemplated retirement, something he thought about for the last six years, but was finally ready to end his career to focus on his family and six children: “I’m old. I have six kids. It’s just time,”...

Tweet Follow me We had a feeling this was coming, but it’s not a big deal. Tuesday the World Champion (it feels good to say it!) Baltimore Ravens announced they will increase prices at M&T Bank Stadium this year. The Baltimore Sun reported that ticket prices will rise by about 10%. It was their first increase in four seasons; sixth since the stadium opened in 1998. The increase coincides with an announcement to come later this week about a two-plan for renovations and additions to the stadium. The price increase...

Tweet Follow me The next big date for your NFL calendar is March 12th when Free Agency officially begins. Although teams are not allowed to make contact with potential free agents until the clock strikes midnight on the 12th, there will no doubt be a free agent signing announced on a new team by 12.05 am. Here we break down in three parts the best possible free agents by position and include some possible destinations for each player. Part 1 will be Offense, Part 2 Defense and Part 3 will include both Offense and...

Tweet Follow me   Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is one of the toughest players in the National Football League. In week 13 he tore his biceps muscle and only missed one game due to the injury. He returned for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. Originally he thought he would require surgery, but learned otherwise when he received a second opinion on Wednesday. Sources close to him told the Baltimore Sun that he plans to rehab the injury instead of having surgery. It was his second injury...

Tweet Follow me Winning the Super Bowl is the best feeling in the world, cutting players to get under your salary cap is the worst. The celebration is still going on, but now they face the tough part when they need to decide which players to keep this offseason. Their salary cap barely budged from $120.6 last year to about $121 million this year. They currently have $69 million tied up in 10 players. There isn’t much time to get things done; the new league year begins March 12. The Ravens have 13 unrestricted free...

Tweet Follow me This in from the NFL Head of Communications, Greg Aiello: the NFL is not considering expansion into LA – it never was. The messaging error came last year and due to a mistake by the Associated Press, and that comes directly by Aiello. While NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell did talk to Bob Costas last year, and here’s the video… Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more. Commissioner Goodell was speaking about possible scenarios, not what the NFL’s...

Tweet Follow me The long, hard road to the Super Bowl begins as soon as the celebration is over. While the players are still celebrating; the top brass got back to work today and held a press conference to discuss the state of their team. The Ravens are determined not to repeat their mistakes from the past. When they won Super Bowl XXXV in 2000, they faced a salary-cap crunch and restructured the contracts of many veteran players to retain them. The plan backfired the next season when they lost in the divisional playoff...

Tweet Follow me Billy Davis, the new Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator, has upset Eagles fans, and he hasn’t even schemed a game yet. Eagles new Head Coach Chip Kelly (who seems to have something against hiring good coaches who happen to be black) hired the now-former Cleveland Browns Linebacker Coach, but this space wonders if he bothered to check on Davis’ time as the San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator. In 2006, this space reprinted a blast by Oakland Tribune Columnist Monte Poole....

Tweet Follow me Jim Caldwell has had a hell of a ride that’s seen him collect not one, but two Super Bowl rings, from the Colts for the 2006 season when he was Assistant Head Coach, and now with the Baltimore Ravens as Offensive Coordinator after the teams Super Bowl XLVII win against the San Francisco 49ers. After the 34 to 31 win, Jim Caldwell, who was installed as Offensive Coordinator to replace the fired Cam Cameron in late season, sat down to talk with the media. Caldwell’s one of only two black...

Tweet Follow me Aldon Smith played an excellent game in Super Bowl XLVII. The San Francisco 49ers 2011 1st Round Draft Pick who this blogger interviewed…. was as animated as ever in talking about how the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the press conference. Here’s Aldon Smith: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS LB ALDON SMITH (on if there was anything he wasn’t expecting) “We played a good team so you have to bring your A game to the field. They were on their A game. We were slipping up a little bit.”...

Tweet Follow me Michael Crabtree, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, says he’s not blaiming the refs for the last ditch pass to him from Colin Kaepernick that, if it were caught, would have put the 49ers ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, perhaps for good. Instead, Michael Crabtree seemed to crash with the Ravens cornerback, the ball sailed far over his head, no flag was thrown, and the Ravens stopped the 49ers one more time and ran out the clock. Middlebar: Crabtree Zennie62 Interview At The NFL Draft: Here’s...

Tweet Follow me Vernon Davis is the San Francisco 49ers star tight end, and a man who this blogger expected to play a huge role in Super Bowl XLVII. In this video, the idea was that the 49ers could get Davis open on a “wheel route” and that did happen, only to have QB Colin Kaepernick miss him by inches. Later, after the close 31 to 34 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Vernon Davis talked to the media, and to his credit, gave long answers. Here’s Vernon: 49ers TE Vernon Davis (on what more the team...

Tweet Follow me Jacoby Jones, the Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver, is arguably the man who should have won the MVP, or at least been allowed to share it with Joe Flacco. With 260 all-purpose-yards and two touchdowns, Jacoby Jones went from goat to hero to MVP in a blink of an eye. He also set a Super Bowl record with a 109-yard kickoff return to open the second half, and arguably caused the power to go out! With the media, Jones has a great set of sayings and fun quips. Here’s Jacoby Jones: RAVENS KICK...

Tweet Follow me Terrell Suggs is the man fellow Baltimore Ravens players affectionately call “T-Sizzle.” Arguably the most effective defensive player other than Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs was talkative and talking up a storm after the Ravens 34 to 31 win over The San Francisco 49ers. Here’s Mr Suggs: RAVENS LB TERRELL SUGGS (on how he is feeling after the win) “All praise and glory go to the most highest God. God is great. For the whole world doubters, every game we’ve been the...

Tweet Follow me Matt Birk, the Harvard-educated Baltimore Ravens Center is never at a loss for words, win or lose. After winning his first Super Bowl, the contemplative Burk is thinking about retirement. Here’s what he said to the media: RAVENS C MATT BIRK (on what winning means to him) “Unreal at this point. Just taking it all in, obviously this is a special moment. Special just to share it with this group of guys. That’s what it’s all about.” (on the 49’s starting to come back) “That’s our...