About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report, and other online sports sites. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

Oriole Adam Jones buys Cam Cameron’s house

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Here’s a bit of odd Baltimore sports news on this dreary Friday in Charm City. Current Baltimore Orioles center fielder and face of the franchise Adam Jones has reportedly moved into the house formerly occupied by Ravens fans’ public enemy #1, Cam Cameron. Per the Baltimore Business Journal: Give Adam Jones a congratulatory Boh and Berger cookie, because the Orioles center fielder is now officially a Baltimore-area resident. Jones purchased a 6,600-square-foot home in Lutherville on March 13, according to state records. The two-time All-Star paid $1.75 million for the 3.5-acre Baltimore...

Ravens to open season in Denver

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While most of us have expected this news ever since the NFL and MLB were unable to reach a compromise to open the NFL season in Baltimore – where it belongs – it’s finally official. The defending Super Bowl champions will indeed open the season in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. While this is very unfortunate for Ravens fans – who will have a sour taste in our mouths for years over it – the fact is that the team likely...

Former teammate praises Elvis Dumervil’s leadership

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Ravens fans are eager to see Elvis Dumervil in purple and black. He’ll join a host of new faces on the defense, including Chris Canty, Michael Huff, Marcus Spears, and whoever the team adds via the draft later this month. However, there have been a lot of questions about the leadership void in the Ravens locker room, now that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone. Those questions only got louder as the team brought in troubled linebacker Rolando McClain earlier this week. One of Dumervil’s former teammates, Von Miller,...

Hall moving to inside linebacker

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With the retirement of Ray Lewis, the departure in free agency of Dannell Ellerbe, the release of Brendon Ayanbadejo, and the injury concerns of Jameel McClain, the Ravens find themselves quite thin at inside linebacker as the NFL Draft approaches. There has been speculation around town that the team may consider moving second-year player Courtney Upshaw to inside linebacker. While that may still be a possibility – at least in some defensive packages – a new candidate at ILB has emerged, and it’s one that most Ravens fans likely did...

Ravens reportedly agree to terms with Elvis Dumervil

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According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, former Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil has agreed to terms with the Ravens. Here’s Klis, with a little jab for his Bronco fan readers: Once again, the Baltimore Ravens have defeated the Broncos. Elvis Dumervil, one of the best defensive ends in Broncos history, has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Ravens, according to two NFL sources. Dumervil’s departure occurs 10 weeks after Baltimore stunned the Broncos, 38-35 in double-overtime of a second-round AFC playoff game on a below-zero windchill Saturday afternoon....

McKinnie and Harbaugh speak by phone

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Baltimore Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who was instrumental in the team’s run to a Super Bowl XLVII victory, is another of the team’s key veteran free agents. While the team has already lost a number of starters to free agency – Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, and Cary Williams – to retirement – Matt Birk and Ray Lewis – or to cut/trade – Anquan Boldin and Bernard Pollard – it would seem to make sense for the team to hold on to McKinnie, at least on paper. After...

Ed Reed signs with Houston Texans

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Another one has flown the coop. Ed Reed has joined Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Anquan Boldin, and Bernard Pollard as members of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champions who will be playing elsewhere in 2013, signing a two-year deal with the Houston Texans according to multiple reports, including Jason La Canfora of CBS. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece begging Ed to retire. Instead, he’ll be continuing his career, not as a Baltimore Raven, but as a Houston Texan. From a football perspective, one can absolutely make...

Ravens/Orioles scheduling conflict may force Ravens opener to road

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Ugh, really? From BaltimoreRavens.com: The Ravens and Orioles have not been able to resolve a scheduling conflict that could force the Ravens onto the road for their Thursday Night Football season-opening game, per a league source. There is a tradition that the Super Bowl-winning team opens at home on Thursday night. That’s a desirable game for the champions because it’s a celebration of their season and allows for longer rest before their Week 2 game. The opener would be scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, but the Baltimore Orioles, who play...

If Harbs making it “his” team, the Super Bowl honeymoon is already over

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For most teams, winning the Super Bowl (or whatever championship in the respective sport) should give a front office and head coach a few years of leeway from feeling ridiculous heat from the fan base. Even in today’s “give me what I want and give it to me now” society, teams that win it all can sit back and take a breath, at least for a little while. However, with the 24-hour news cycle and constant social media interaction, praise and scrutiny (and more scrutiny) are pretty much constant. Personally,...

SI ranks Ravens front office as best in NFL – so calm down

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As the NFL’s free agent frenzy was cranking up, Don Banks of Sports Illustrated and SI.com ranked what he believes are the best front offices in football. In his article “Calling the shots – NFL’s 12 best front offices,” Banks put together his top 12 list of NFL decision-makers. At the very top of the list? Your Baltimore Ravens. 1. Baltimore This isn’t just a case of to the winners go the spoils. Only the newly minted Super Bowl champion Ravens have gone to the playoffs in each of the...

Ravens sign defensive lineman Chris Canty

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The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty. Canty broke the news himself on his Twitter/instagram account. Canty tweeted a picture of his signed contract just moments after inking the deal, which was reportedly a 3-year $8 million one, according to Jason LaCanfora. Canty – known for his wild-looking facemask (left) – is a 30-year-old entering his ninth year in the NFL. He spent 2005-2009 with the Dallas Cowboys, where he started every game for the ‘Boys from 06-08. In 2009, Canty signed a six-year $42 million...

Ellerbe taking his talents to South Beach

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While he didn’t go on ESPN to announce it, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has decided to “take his talents to South Beach” and play for the Miami Dolphins next year. As reported by the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson, Ellerbe has reached an agreement with the Miami Dolphins on a five-year, $35 million contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. This despite the fact that Ellerbe and the Ravens were reportedly negotiating right up until the 4 PM deadline to Tuesday, with both sides hopeful that an agreement...

Boldin thanks Baltimore fans

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Anquan Boldin, who was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers on the eve of free agency, has released the following statement via his Facebook and Twitter pages: I thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore. I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home. I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship, and in February...

Flacco on Boldin: “He’s a huge part of this team”

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With the news this weekend that the Ravens have asked Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut – and the conflicting reports of whether or not Boldin has rejected their proposal – opinions have been flying around Baltimore regarding number 81. Tony Lombardi gave his take here, while Kris Jones offered this counterpoint. One guy who is on the “keep Q” side of the fence is Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Per USA today, Flacco had the following to say: “Without him, we don’t win the Super Bowl. He’s a huge...

Ray Rice rallies support to criminalize “cyber bullying”

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been extremely outspoken in his opposition to bullying among children, and in his support of anti-bullying legislation. This week, after 12-year-old Bailey O’Neill of suburban Philadelphia tragically died following a fight on the playground at his school, Rice noted on his facebook page that the youth had actually contacted him a few weeks ago: A few weeks ago i shared a link to an article that a fan sent to me. It was about an 11 year old boy named Bailey who had...

Bart Scott back in Baltimore?

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When former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan left the team following the 2008 season to become the head coach of the New York Jets, he famously showed up at Bart Scott’s house just after midnight as free agency began, to court the linebacker to join Gang Green. Scott had spent the previous seven seasons as a Raven, after making the squad as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois in 2002. A special-teamer for his first three years, Scott became a starter in 2005 and proceeded to start every...

Jacoby Jones – underdog again, this time on “Dancing with the Stars”

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You could have made a lot of money betting on the Ravens to win the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. After all, they were huge underdogs in their divisional matchup against Denver and in the AFC Ghampionship Game in Foxborough, and San Francisco was favored to win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The Ravens defeated the odds and thumbed their noses at the oddsmakers, and anybody who put money on the purple and black walked away happy. When it was announced that Jacoby Jones would be participating in this...

John Harbaugh to get statue at Miami University

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As we Ravens fans wait for the statue of Ray Lewis to be unveiled at M&T Bank Stadium, another member of our Super Bowl XLVII champions will be getting a statue of his own. Head coach John Harbaugh will be inducted into Miami University’s “Cradle of Coaches” association. The honor comes with a life-size bronze statue outside of Yager Stadium at the University. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, Harbs’ statue will join those of Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Earl “Red” Blaik, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel...

GIF: John Harbaugh not impressed with Manti Te’o's 40 time

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With many mock drafts linking Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o to the Baltimore Ravens, opinions abound among Ravens fans regarding Te’o. While there is some support to be found, most feel that the Ravens should stay away from Te’o, even if he does fall to them at the bottom of the first round in April’s draft. Te’o participated in the NFL combine in Indianapolis today, which included running the 40-yard dash. His times – right around 4.8 seconds – were not overly impressive. To compare, Ray Lewis ran a 4.53...

Matt Birk announces retirement

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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk has announced that he will retire after 15 NFL seasons. He made his announcement Friday morning at Battle Grove Elementary School, where he was in attendance to dedicate a community reading center. Birk, originally drafted in 1998 by the Minnesota Vikings, spent his entire career in purple – though in two different shades. The former Harvard Crimson standout spent his first 11 seasons as a Viking before joining the Ravens in 2009. Birk is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time All-Pro, a six-time Minnesota Vikings...