Newsome emphasized that it wouldn’t have helped the Ravens’ cause to delay the retirement announcement until after the draft.
"No, because I don’t think it’s going to impact it," Newsome said. "I don’t think Steve’s retiring is going to impact anything that the Jets, the Patriots, the Dolphins, the Rams do.â€
"I can guarantee you now after this press conference is over by the time I get up to my office, I’ll have 15 calls of guys trying to get into this competition," Newsome said. "All those people who are going to be calling me, be patient. I’ll get back to you probably in about two weeks."
"It’s not like Kyle is coming in and he’s never been in the huddle before," Mason said. "When I first got here, he was the starting quarterback and I think he commanded the huddle very well. I don’t see there being a difference now than when Steve couldn’t plan and Kyle had to come in.â€
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.