About Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

DT Bryan Hall working hard to make the team

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OWINGS MILLS — Bryan Hall has haunted the Baltimore Ravens’ training complex for the entire offseason, hoisting weights and hitting blocking sleds. He has eschewed vacation time for a good reason: The former Arkansas State defensive tackle is seeking a regular job. One year after making the practice squad as an undrafted rookie, Hall is hoping his hard work pays dividends with a spot on the active roster. "If I’m going to try to make the team, I need to be up there as much as possible," Hall said. "Show...

How Ray Rice’s $40 million deal stacks up

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice’s $40 million contract ranks atop the NFL running back charts when it comes to how much cash will be paid out during the first 12 months of the deal. Between his $15 million signing bonus and $2 million base salary this season and a $7 million option bonus due next March and fully paid out by July, Rice is due to make $24 million in the first 12 months of the deal. That’s the highest 12-month cash payout for...

Ravens inducting Jamal Lewis into Ring of Honor

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OWINGS MILLS — Jamal Lewis’ successful six-year tenure with the Baltimore Ravens will be commemorated by the AFC North franchise this fall when he’ll be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. The retired former All-Pro running back will be honored prior to the Ravens’ Sept. 27 game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, a nationally televised Thursday night game and the fourth game of the regular season. The Ravens placed a photo of Lewis on their tickets for the Browns game. Lewis, 32, is the Ravens’ all-time...

Flacco focused on season, not contract

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OWINGS MILLS — Now that the Baltimore Ravens have inked Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to a $40 million contract, the next priority for the organization is locking up quarterback Joe Flacco to a long-term deal. Flacco is maintaining his focus on the upcoming season, though, not his unresolved contract status as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract, according to his agent. "Joe is very, very excited for the season," agent Joe Linta said in a telephone interview. "He’s really adamant about getting the Ravens...

Ravens’ $40 million man: Rice signs deal with minutes to spare

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OWINGS MILLS — Ray Rice climbed into his white Mercedes and drove out of the Baltimore Ravens’ parking lot Monday afternoon to celebrate after signing his five-year, $40 million maximum value contract that includes a $15 million signing bonus. It was an emotional moment for the All-Pro running back after a compromise was reached to avoid playing the entire season under the franchise tag, narrowly beating an NFL deadline of 4 p.m. by roughly 10 minutes. Now, Rice is due $17 million in his first year with a $2 million...

Ed Reed ‘thinking about other things’

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OWINGS MILLS — Ed Reed clapped his hands, smiling, shouting and encouraging a budding young football player to run hard all the way through the finish line during a speed drill. The Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro free safety displayed his quick feet during a ladder drill, stepping smoothly in rapid-fire motion in a demonstration of footwork skills during his annual football camp Monday morning at Stevenson University. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year’s thoughts were consumed by coaching up roughly 100 youngsters instead of talking about his undisclosed plans...

Theismann predicts Ravens are Super Bowl bound

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OWINGS MILLS — Joe Theismann is convinced that the Baltimore Ravens are primed for a trip to the Super Bowl. "You can be the first to write it: I believe the Ravens will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl," the former Washington Redskins quarterback said during a telephone interview. "I did this in 2000, you know?" A television football analyst, Theismann predicted the Ravens would win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants. The Ravens reached the AFC North championship last season before losing to the New England...

Jim Caldwell excited to work with Flacco

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OWINGS MILLS — Huddled near the middle of the field with Jim Caldwell this spring, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco nodded and smiled as he interacted with his new quarterbacks coach. Minutes later, Flacco stepped to the line of scrimmage, took the snap and launched a crisp spiral into the waiting fingertips of wide receiver Torrey Smith for a long touchdown pass during an organized team activity. It’s a sequence that the defending AFC North champions hope to see repeated often this fall as Flacco and Caldwell collaborate on attacking...

A Ray of Hope: Rice speaks out against bullying

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COLUMBIA — Stopping the scourge of bullying became an even more important cause for Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice when it impacted his family. Rice’s younger sister was bullied by another girl when he was in middle school and was struck in the eye with a rock. "My mom was telling me she wanted to let my sister go take care of business, you know, you take care of it one time and maybe she won’t bother you no more," Rice said. "I told my mom it’s...

Ray Rice ‘always optimistic’ as contract deadline looms

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COLUMBIA — Before Ray Rice left the stage following an anti-bullying event Friday night, the NFL star handed out a handful of $20 bills to kids for performing various dance moves and doing pushups. The Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro running back and franchise player also delivered a lighthearted message to general manager Ozzie Newsome, telling the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion: "Call Ozzie Newsome and tell him to pay me." Although time is running short for contract negotiations to accelerate and no deal is imminent at this time heading into a...

Arthur Jones battling for starting job

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OWINGS MILLS — Jon "Bones" Jones successfully defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt in April. He relentlessly punched and kicked his way to earn a unanimous decision over Rashad Evans, another triumph for one of the biggest stars in professional mixed martial arts. Just a few weeks later, youngest brother Chandler Jones was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. Now, the oldest of the Jones brothers is hoping to place his own exclamation point on what’s already been a proud...

Ed Reed: ‘The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out’

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens star free safety Ed Reed continued to stir the pot, avoiding saying that he definitely will play this fall. Although Reed is expected to continue playing at least one more year and has been preparing to play by working out throughout the offseason, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year also said during a radio interview on Wednesday night with 105.7 The Fan: "The only way a player gets what he wants is by holding out." However, Reed didn’t indicate that he actually would...

Ravens evaluate supplemental draft linebacker

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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens are among the NFL teams that have made inquiries about Carson Newman linebacker and supplemental draft prospect Larry Lumpkin, according to his agent. Lumpkin works out for scouts Wednesday at Alma Bryant High School in his hometown of Irvington, Ala. The supplemental draft is Thursday. Besides the Ravens, the other teams that Lumpkin’s agent, Chris Martin, has spoken with or expects to attend the workout includes: the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New...

Ravens hope Bobbie Williams provides the answer at left guard

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OWINGS MILLS — Since the departure of Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs in March, the Baltimore Ravens have taken more than a few swings at filling the void created at left guard when he signed a $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. First, the defending AFC North champions attempted to convince veteran offensive guard Evan Mathis to leave the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he wound up staying in Philadelphia and being rewarded with a $25.5 million contract after visiting the Ravens. The Ravens subsequently declared that Jah Reid...

Pernell McPhee focused on improving

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OWINGS MILLS — Pernell McPhee kept barreling into the Cleveland Browns’ backfield last December, decking quarterback Colt McCoy twice for sacks. It was the signature performance for the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive end during his rookie season, erasing his former obscurity hit after hit after hit. Drafted in the fifth round out of Mississippi State, McPhee emerged as a dynamic sleeper as he finished second on the team with six sacks for the AFC North champions. Only NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was a more productive...

Flacco passing camp canceled

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Due to unresolved student-athlete compliance and NFL guideline details, the Joe Flacco Passing Academy originally scheduled for today and Saturday has been canceled. The issues were unable to be ironed out in time for the camp at McDaniel College to take place, according to a team official. The camp was billed as including Flacco, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell in addition to some of the Ravens’ wide receivers. The camp was designed for 100 invited high school players. Flacco is the Ravens’...

Ex-Colts QB Painter seeking fresh start with Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS — Curtis Painter is still gaining his bearings, adjusting to an entirely different environment and status since joining the Baltimore Ravens in April. Painter was a starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts last season, albeit one who failed to win any of his eight starts after replacing Kerry Collins on a last-place football team that struggled mightily without Peyton Manning under center. Now, Painter is hoping to revive his career and make the Ravens’ roster as the third quarterback. That’s accompanied by a greater ambition of unseating incumbent...

Trio of backs battling for Ravens’ backup spot

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OWINGS MILLS — Anthony Allen bulled ahead, plunging into the line of scrimmage with his helmet and shoulder pads pointed forward and ready for collisions with linebackers. It was a minicamp carry emblematic of his traditional head-first running style. In another sequence, Damien Berry cut sharply away from pursuit as he displayed a touch of elusiveness to slash outside for extra yards. And rookie Bernard Pierce took the handoff and made one sharp cut to bounce outside for a first down, appearing to be the most comfortable and experienced in...

Doss moving faster

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OWINGS MILLS — Tandon Doss broke into the clear in a hurry, cutting sharply inside to create a spot by himself in the middle of the secondary. What happened next at the Baltimore Ravens’ organized team activity this spring might have appeared to be routine from the wide receiver, but it wasn’t. Doss has quickly built a reputation for having one of the best set of hands on the roster, cleanly hauling in the spiral from quarterback Joe Flacco. That wasn’t unexpected, though. What was different from a year ago...

Bryant McKinnie frustrated by focus on his weight

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OWINGS MILLS — Under scrutiny due to his conditioning issues, Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie vowed that he’ll hit his target weight by training camp. The 6-foot-8 former Pro Bowl blocker was held out of the Ravens’ mandatory minicamp as he attempts to get down to 345 pounds, saying he currently weighs 354 pounds. "I’m going to show up at the weight I’m supposed to be and handle my business and get everybody off my back," McKinnie said in a telephone interview Monday night from New York. "I want...