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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
The Ravens released backup inside linebacker Nick Greisen after two seasons. Greisen, 29, made just five tackles on defense last season, 33 fewer than the season before. He finished fifth on the team with 12 special teams tackles last season. His release comes one year after he signed a three-year, $4 million contract with the Ravens (which included a $1 million signing bonus). The Ravens saved $716,000 in salary cap space and now have a little over $2 million in cap room. Under new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, the Ravens are looking to add speed at linebacker.
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By Peter Schmuck | September 14, 2009
Apparently, the Ravens' preseason emphasis on throwing the ball in just about every possible situation was not just a passing fancy. Joe Flacco came out flinging on Sunday, and the Ravens rang up their biggest offensive performance - in terms of total yardage - since the franchise moved to Baltimore. Flacco set career highs in passing attempts (43), passing yardage (307) and touchdown passes (3). The Ravens piled up 501 yards and put up 38 points. I suppose you have to consider the competition, but the Kansas City Chiefs came to play and simply ran into a Ravens offense that had too many ways to move the ball.
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By Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee and Jamison Hensley and Edward Lee,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com and edward.lee@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has given rookie first-round draft pick Joe Flacco the starting quarterback job for the rest of the season. It was previously unknown whether Troy Smith, a contender for the starting job in the preseason, would be able to compete with Flacco when Smith recovered from a tonsil infection. But Harbaugh said yesterday that Smith would remain the No. 3 quarterback this week and would be able to vie this season only for the backup job, which is held by Todd Bouman.
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By MIKE PRESTON and MIKE PRESTON,mike.preston@baltsun.com | August 29, 2008
Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco continues to make progress, but he should be the starter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 only if Troy Smith and Kyle Boller aren't healthy enough to play. Flacco played with more confidence last night in the Ravens' 10-9 loss, and he made some strong throws downfield, but he is still not ready. When the preseason started, Flacco was mesmerized by the speed of the game and he couldn't even find his primary receiver. He is up to par on that now but has trouble finding his secondary receivers.
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By DAVID STEELE and DAVID STEELE,david.steele@baltsun.com | January 11, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He actually did say, "The same as anything else, like any other drive." Joe Flacco might have been describing some drive he conducted in a sandlot in South Jersey or against William and Mary in his junior year in college. But he was talking about the one last night, at the home of the team with the NFL's best record, in the final minutes of a tie game that took his Ravens one step away from the Super Bowl. The quarterback who should have been talking that way was in the other locker room at LP Field.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | July 31, 2009
The Ravens officially signed first-round pick Michael Oher on Thursday to a five-year contract, a multimillion-dollar deal that represents as much of an investment in franchise quarterback Joe Flacco as the rookie out of Mississippi. The contract is valued at up to $13.8 million, with $7.8 million guaranteed, according to an NFL source. When the Ravens take the field today for their first full-team practice of training camp, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Oher is expected to line up as the team's right tackle, becoming the final piece of the Flacco Protection Plan.
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By MIKE PRESTON | March 8, 2008
Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle has restructured his contract and is cleared to play for the 2008 season. Rolle missed 10 games in 2007 because of seizures from epilepsy, as doctors worked to find the right medication to control them. But Rolle says he has a clean bill of health, and his contract has been restructured around his playing time and conditions related to epilepsy. Rolle has three years remaining on his deal. "Basically, if I play, I'm under the original conditions of my contract," Rolle said.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | September 7, 2008
The longest-running riddle in Ravens history is Baltimore's hot topic once again. Who's the quarterback? It reads like the film comedy Groundhog Day, but is perhaps better suited to a 1939 radio speech by Winston Churchill: It's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. And now it's coach John Harbaugh's turn to unravel the mystery, more or less. For the season opener today, the answer is Joe Flacco. Next week it might be Troy Smith or Todd Bouman. Next month it might be someone not even on the roster now. Know this about quarterbacking for the Ravens: There is a long list of failure.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | August 31, 2008
The preseason has taught Joe Flacco some vital lessons, from understanding how to take care of the football to dealing with surprise starts. What the rookie quarterback will learn next is how the Ravens will continue his education. Do you give him the ball to start the season opener? Or do you hand him the clipboard and tell him to observe from the sideline? There is no question in Flacco's mind. Asked whether he felt ready to start the season opener, he responded without hesitation, "Yes."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
Joe Flacco doesn't remember exactly how the first conversation with his favorite receiver, Derrick Mason, went, but the Ravens' rookie quarterback has a pretty good guess at how it played out. "It was probably Derrick being nice and talking," Flacco said, "and I was making grunting noises." When it comes to the personalities in the Ravens' locker room, it doesn't get much different than Flacco and Mason. Flacco is a quiet and reserved soul who might relax by turning on the radio. Mason is a verbose and animated leader who has his own radio show.
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