THOMPSON ARRESTED FOR POSSESION
Wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested last Friday night under the charge of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Thompson was reportedly pulled over as a passenger in a car with two other people due to the car they were riding in not having the headlights on at 11:45 Friday evening.
The marijuana was in a duffle bag with multiple bags containing a total of 29 grams of marijuana. Thompson was riding with two other men, and told the police that the duffle bag containing the marijuana was his, but that the marijuana inside of it was not. He was in jail on a $7,000 bond.
Thompson has been a backup over his two-year career with the Ravens and has not been a regular contributor, struggling to find time on the field. He has 15 catches for 147 yards as a Raven. Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said last weekend, “We are aware of the situation. We are gathering more facts. There are two sides to every story.”
Thompson has not been in legal trouble in the past, but the timing of the arrest could not be worse after the recent situation that continues to develop with running back Ray Rice. Thompson’s case will be reviewed by the league under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
NEWSOME SPEAKS ON RICE
The marriage between Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens continues to be tested, as more details continue to come in on the developing situation between Rice and his fiancée. As we’re all aware, video surfaced on TMZ earlier last week of Rice dragging the seemingly unconscious woman out of the elevator.
“In any of those situations, it’s very concerning,” Ozzie Newsome said over the weekend. ”Up until we get all of the facts, we will let the process run its course. I think John said it best [Friday]—we will let facts determine what the consequences will be.”
Newsome also said he had seen the video and that it “doesn’t look good.” Newsome has not yet spoken to Rice, although head coach John Harbaugh said he has had multiple conversations with Rice and that the team is keeping in contact with Rice on a daily basis.
When the news first broke about the incident, the Ravens immediately backed Rice and said publicly that he would be a focal point of the offense in 2014. However, if Rice is suspended by the league, or if more incriminating details arise, the team may be put even further into a lose-lose position than the one in which they currently find themselves.
RAVENS TALKING EXTENSIONS
The Ravens signed Terrell Suggs to a more cap-friendly deal earlier last week, giving him a four-year extension that Suggs said will allow him to be a “Raven for life.” It looks like the team is only getting started with their extensions. With the salary cap raising by approximately 5% and Suggs’ extension easing the cap hit this year, the Ravens are in a better position to retain their free agents this offseason.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome has already confirmed that “two or three” other players besides Suggs have entered extension talks, and some likely candidates to receive Suggs-esque extensions are defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, right guard Marshal Yanda, and linebacker Jameel McClain.
Newsome made the statements about the possible extensions after being prompted by the media about whether or not Ngata was being spoken to on the topic. Ngata carries a $16 million cap hit in 2014, the highest on the team. Ngata will not be a free agent until after the 2015 season however, so there may not be a rush on his side to extend his current contract.
Newsome also said the team is working on trying to retain free agents who contributed in 2013, including linebacker Daryl Smith, who anchored the middle of the defense last season. Smith has stated that he’d like to return, and head coach John Harbaugh has expressed desire to retain him.
LOCAL RUNNING BACK EXPRESSES DESIRE TO BE RAVEN
Towson Tigers running back Terrance West elected to skip his senior season of college football after being initially projected as a third-round pick in many mock drafts. Most college football fans in the area know all about West, who rushed for over 2,500 yards and scored 42 rushing touchdowns in 2013, a season in which he was the runner-up for the FCS player of the year award.
West has worked hard leading up to the NFL combine to prove that his success at the collegiate level was not simply the result of facing weak competition. West also makes no effort to hide his allegiance to the Ravens, the team he has been rooting for as his favorite team.
“I’ll go anywhere right now, but being a Raven, it would be amazing to play for my home city,” West said at the NFL Combine. “This is a chance to show that I can play on any level. Out here, school is not going to save anybody. Everybody is out here for their name and themselves, so whatever you did at school doesn’t matter.”
West’s 40 yard dash time is unofficially a 4.54. He is generally thought of as a bruising back listed at 5’9’’ and weighing a strong 225 pounds. West may fit the mold of a “north and south” runner that head coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were seeking earlier this offseason. The homegrown Baltimore talent is certainly on the Ravens’ radar for this April’s draft.