TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE:  Another Raven off to Cleveland?

Street Talk TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE: Another Raven off to Cleveland?

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Joe Linta’s remarks about the Ravens were poorly chosen words that only Amanda Bynes would be proud of. That drum has been beaten to death and I promise I’ll only tap on the single-ply calfskin one more time…

“I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, ‘Well, Joe was dumb, too.’ It could have been (dumb), God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That’s like 100 bucks for you or me today.”

He said it. It was a bad career move. Any attempt on Linta’s part to defend these words, comes off as nothing more than a forced apology. He’s rung that bell like Quasimodo. But it’s time to move on.

Rob Gronkowski is a player that some felt the Ravens would select in 2010. You may recall that the New England Patriots moved up in the second round, one pick ahead of the Ravens to turn in Gronk’s card.

But the Ravens never were going to take the talented tight end with the 43rd pick because they had medical concerns about Gronkowski. Unfortunately, those concerns have now come to fruition for Bill Belichick & Company. Our best to Gronk for a speedy and complete recovery.

Next Tuesday evening (June 4) at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, Justin Tucker will be the featured guest. This great event includes: Food samplings from Atlantic Caterers; an autograph from AND a photo with the Super Bowl Champion kicker; plus a VIP Q&A session (hosted by yours truly) for just $59!

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Another Raven is considering a move to Cleveland and this time it’s the team’s Director of Media Relations, Chad Steele. Word is that Steele is looking to take over the top spot in the Browns PR Department. No knock on the very capable Steele but illusionist Criss Angel would be hard pressed to change the way the public views that mess by Lake Erie.

Hopefully this process gets Steele a little more front and center on the radar screen for similar positions with other teams. But given the ongoing volatility in the Browns’ ownership and the track record of other Ravens’ front office personnel migrating to Cleveland, accepting such a position clearly has its risks.

The topic of Mt. Rushmore has made a tour around the NFL thanks to Pro Football Talk. We’ve been on this topic for quite some time as it relates to the Ravens and the fourth position on the immortal mountain has come down to Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. Feel free to cast your vote below.

Which likenesses belong atop the Ravens Mount Rushmore?

Finally, Ed Reed is said to be in Atlanta rehabbing after recent hip surgery. Insiders say that the Ravens were very aware of Reed’s hip issues and that may have been one of the contributing factors not to bring the future Hall of Famer back to Baltimore.

However, Reed will be returning to spend time with his mates from the Super Bowl winning squad when they accept their championship rings at The White House on June 7. Unfortunately Reed’s sidekick at safety Bernard Pollard won’t be joining the team, allowing foolish pride to stand between him and what would undoubtedly be a red-letter day in his life.

Pollard’s choice, clearly his to make, will unfortunately taint his brief legacy here in The Land of Pleasant Living.

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