RUMOR MILL: A Ray Lewis Comeback? Draft Day Trades and More

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In the 2013 NFL Draft the Baltimore Ravens have 12 picks and given the depth on the roster, it is highly unlikely that the team will have room on their 53-man roster to accommodate them all. Therefore don’t be surprised to see them trade up and sacrifice a couple of picks or trade 2013 picks for higher selections in 2014.

Word is the Ravens will look to take a quarterback in 2014 as they prepare for the possible departure of Joe Flacco. Keep in mind that Flacco’s deal is structured very much like a 3-year deal and the Ravens just might want to groom an heir apparent and have him ready to take the reins of the offense during the 2016 season.

With the 11th pick in Round 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft the Ravens selected Sergio Kindle. However the team nearly made a swap with the Buffalo Bills to move up two spots in front of New England to select Rob Gronkowski. Now that he’s no longer with the team, we’ve recently learned that it was none other than Cam Cameron who convinced Ozzie Newsome to kill that deal.

Cameron believed that Gronk was not the kind of player who could be effective in his offensive scheme, preferring a more vertical threat at the position. One round later the Ravens selected Ed Dickson even though Ravens’ TE Coach Wade Harman preferred Jimmy Graham who ended up with the New Orleans Saints.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome pulled off what many have labeled a “rabbit out of the hat” when the team signed Elvis Dumervil. The club is excited about pairing the former Bronco up with Terrell Suggs to give the Ravens a solid one-two punch in their pass rush for years to come.

Word is that Dumervil actually took less money to become a Raven than the payola included in the final offer extended by John Elway in Denver. But that might simply be the local spin on the deal.

Recently we’ve heard that the quarterback nemesis is still recovering from knee surgery that he underwent just days after the Broncos fell to the Ravens in the Divisional Playoff Game. There’s no definitive word on how this will affect Dumervil’s season in 2013 but one insider thinks it could limit him a bit through October.

Ravens fans are clearly up in arms and feel disrespected by the NFL for not moving the league’s opening night to Wednesday September 4 from Thursday September 5. The Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on the 4th, has been used as a convenient excuse for the league not to accommodate the Ravens who have a scheduling conflict with the Orioles.

However, a source close to RSR has shared that the Rooney Family, which owns the Pittsburgh Steelers, vehemently opposed the Wednesday opening citing weaker TV ratings and that they believed such a move would be an unfair advantage for the Ravens giving them an extra day of rest for their second opponent which could be Pittsburgh.

Two very unpopular Ravens moves were the trade of Anquan Boldin and the release of Bernard Pollard. Give the Ravens credit for taking the high road and the accompanying criticisms without going public with the real reasoning behind these controversial decisions.

From what we’ve been able to gather, Boldin was offered an extension over 2 seasons and could have received the $6M due him in 2013 as an upfront bonus if he agreed to lower the total payout to $10M over 2 seasons. He declined.

Pollard’s situation was much different. After the Ravens loss to the Broncos back in December, Pollard laid into Joe Flacco for the pick 6 that dramatically changed the momentum of the game. The incident was never totally forgotten but instead professionally set aside for the good of the team. Teammates knew that the move was coming shortly after the close of the season and that’s why few if any were surprised by Pollard’s release.

The players have since made amends but owner Steve Bisciotti had seen enough of Pollard’s antics and ordered what amounted to a Code Red to get rid of the hard-hitting and oft penalized safety.

Expect some lineup changes at Sports talker 105.7 The Fan. Word is that Scott Garceau’s sidekick Jeremy Conn will soon be following in the footsteps of sports handicapper Brandon Lane and is heading for Vegas. Insiders say don’t be shocked to see a return of the controversial lightening rod named Anita Marks.

The station also expects the return of Mark Viviano, likely in the morning drive slot now covered by the engaging tandem of Norris & Davis whose contracts are about to expire. Viviano’s probable sidekick is likely to be Glenn Younes who now mans the 6-9PM slot. Expect a formal announcement later this month.

You’ve heard that the Maryland Stadium Authority has approved some great new enhancements to M&T Bank Stadium that will be implemented over the next 2 seasons. Yet that hasn’t made all fans happy, particularly those who have been clamoring for an escalator to the stadium’s upper deck.

Finally those cries have been heard and the Ravens have a solution.

By the 2014 season a two-tiered escalator will be installed on the north end of the stadium, just west of Unitas Plaza.

Fans interested in using the escalator can purchase what amounts to an EZ Pass wristband when they pay for their season tickets. The team believes that such controls are needed to mitigate potential injury risks if the escalator is used by too many. There’s no definitive word on the costs of this EZ Pass but early estimates are $100 per season.

With a Super Bowl Trophy comes greater notoriety. As the NFL tries to expand its brand globally they are now considering the defending World Champions to be the host of the league’s annual contest at Wembley Stadium in London. And those plans could be as early as the 2013 season.

Ravens fans who like to travel with the team, get your passports ready!

You have probably heard that Ray Lewis is campaigning to be on the cover of Madden 14. Placing a retired player on the cover would amount to an unprecedented move by game maker EA Sports.  However a spokesperson from EA speaking under the condition on anonymity, has shared that he would not be surprised if Lewis changes his mind about retirement. Ozzie Newsome is said to be open to the idea since the team lost out in the Dannell Ellerbe sweepstakes. Getting Ray in under the cap could be challenging and such a move would undoubtedly put an end to the team’s current plan to bring back Bart Scott.

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Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin...more

24 Raves on “RUMOR MILL: A Ray Lewis Comeback? Draft Day Trades and More

  1. purpleneons on said:

    I’m still waiting for 105.7 to show the door to Goomba, which is what I was hoping for, so I can listen again in the evening. He must have pictures.

    • steve loudermilk on said:

      they need to pair up rob long n bob haynie n get rid of vinnie cerrato his laugh alone makes me change the station we need some bmore people talking bmore sports

      • Rattler on said:

        To have Vinnie Cerrato’s vast NFL insider experiences shared on our LOCAL sports network is a treat. I will deal with an “annoying laugh” in exchange for everything that I have learned from listening to him

        • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

          It is an interesting perspective but when he criticizes Ozzie and other GM’s when he was a flunky in NFL front offices, cast aside by the University of Notre Dame and generally despised by media members who were forced to work with him, it’s hard to take him seriously IMO.

  2. purpleneons on said:

    Team owner (who I like and we are lucky to have) hits Code Red on Pollard, but has nothing to do with Cam getting canned late in the season?

    Really?

  3. Ebuhuel on said:

    it would be awesome if this years London game Steelers Jaguars game would change in Steelers – Ravens. Somehow i doubt it but hey you never know

  4. Fran the Fan on said:

    You outdid yourself with this one, and after your past efforts that’s saying something!

    Still re-reading and LOL

  5. Josh on said:

    Damnit, TL, you had me excited about Peyton Manning ass kisser/Ravens hating douche Jeremy Conn possibly leaving Baltimore. Bad form.

  6. keith odell on said:

    it doesnt matter who is on our team the ravens are our team,that being said i have a few things to say 1 pitt squeelers always cry when it comes to the ravens because in the long run they know the ravens are better we’ve been dominating our division for a few yrs we’ve been to playoffs every yr now 3 afc championships 2 superbowl 1 we won this yr we are on the rise , and 2nd i do hate our team being picked apart with players ,3rd just because we dont have all the big names we had last yr doesnt mean we arent gonna be as good when you enter the nfl you are a pro and that means if you are not good enough then we’ll get you good enough

  7. keith odell on said:

    forgot to say all these teams thinking we are gonna be easy to beat this yr i have to say we do still have b.pierce, r.rice. t.smith and a whole lot more so dont go thinking we are easy, cause when you do you will be the team to lose to us, as for ray coming back if he does then great he can motivate us like no other, joe watch your surroundings when you play no crazy stuff now ok, hey pitt this is to you remember when we opened the season and squashed you guys 35-7 i think it was and last yr beating you in your own stadium and the way we’ve been winning our division every yr exspect more of the same infact this yr you might end on the bottom just under the browns haha and yes i know you beat us by luck last yr but we won the superbowl so does your win over us count lol

  8. #Elkridge Fan on said:

    I’d be SHOCKED if Ray came back after the send off he got! He is sloved, but at his level you don’t cry wolf! He left to be with his son in Miami … and to work as ESPN .. nothing has changed there … I think this is hype to make us red this article.

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