Monday, February 24, 2014
Wake-up caw: Ravens combine update
By Jamison Hensley
For Monday's wake-up caw, let's get you up to speed on the news involving the Baltimore Ravens at the NFL combine ...
The Ravens continue to have talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but no deal is imminent, a source told The Baltimore Sun. The Ravens have until March 3 to decide whether to use the franchise tag on Pitta.
Is there a chance that the Ravens could keep both free-agent starting offensive tackles? Coach John Harbaugh thinks the Ravens may be able to re-sign Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher. “I think there's a way,” Harbaugh said, via the team's official website. “It just depends on the numbers. It all comes down to the math. We've got more salary-cap space, I think we found out [last week], so that makes it a little brighter situation. As a coach, I would love to do that. I would love to see that happen."
The Ravens have contacted soon-to-be free-agent middle linebacker Daryl Smith about staying with the Ravens. “Daryl did a great job for us,” Ozzie Newsome said at the combine. Harbaugh told the team's official website that he is optimistic about the Ravens being able to re-sign Smith.
According to the Carroll County (Md.) Times, Harbaugh said guard Kelechi Osemele (season-ending back surgery) will participate in the team's offseason program that begins in April and running back Bernard Pierce (offseason shoulder surgery) will be ready when training camp begins in late July.
Harbaugh said the Ravens would have no issues accepting Missouri pass-rusher Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay player to enter the NFL. "Any player that has the qualities to be a great player and a good teammate is a guy that fits us," Harbaugh said, via The Baltimore Sun. "We’re really good at helping players, any player, become a part of our team. That goes to all the things that I think are happening in the NFL the last couple of months." The Ravens met with Sam at the NFL combine.
Towson University running back Terrance West, who grew up in Baltimore, said it would be "amazing" to play for his hometown Ravens. "That was my favorite team,” West said with a smile, according to the team's official website.
Here are prospects who were interviewed by the Ravens at the NFL combine ...