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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
The Washington Redskins followed the new NFL free-agent trend yesterday when they declined to designate a franchise player and named cornerback Tom Carter a transition player even though he has three years left on his contract.In the new bargaining agreement hammered out last year, the owners and players -- after much debate -- agreed each team could designate one franchise player at any time and three transition players -- two last year and one this year.It turns out, though, that skyrocketing salaries are making teams reluctant to name franchise players because they must be paid the average of the top five players at their position -- ranging from $5.3 million for a quarterback to $931,000 for a kicker.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
NEW YORK - In Adam Jones' postgame interview following the Orioles' 14-5 win over the New York Yankees, the center fielder took a subtle jab at the media for making a big deal of the team's offensive struggles during the first week of the season. When the team's 14-run, 20-hit outburst on Tuesday -- following a stretch in which the Orioles scored three or fewer runs in five of their first seven games -- was labeled a “breakthrough,” Jones didn't bite. “That's you guys' job, to create a story when there really isn't a story, just to have a story,” he said.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1998
If the Ravens are going to sign center Wally Williams to a long-term deal, then the contract probably will not be finalized until after July 15 in order for the team to put the "franchise" designation on another player for next year.According to the collective bargaining agreement, if Williams, who is currently the Ravens' franchise player, signs before July 15, then he carries the label for another year.If he isn't signed, then the Ravens could use the designation for another player, possibly right offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who will become a free agent after this season.
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Mike Preston | March 3, 2014
The Ravens made a smart move by not putting the franchise tag on left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on Monday. That's a designation used on a player who is one of the best at his position. Monroe isn't in that class. Oh, he's good. And in the prime of his career, he deserves a hefty, long-term contract. But if the Ravens had tagged him the franchise player and hadn't gotten a long-term deal by July 15, they would have had to pay him $11.654 million for the coming season. If the Ravens don't reach a deal with Monroe before the new league year begins March 11, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
The Ravens have yet to re-sign center Wally Williams to a long-term contract, but at least they know they will not be competing with a potential list of bidders for Williams on the open, free-agent market.Special master Jack H. Friedenthal ended a dispute regarding Williams' status yesterday by upholding the Ravens' franchise player designation of him.The ruling virtually assures that Williams will remain a Raven, at least for the 1998 season. As a franchise player, Williams must be paid $3.052 million, the average salary of the NFL's five, highest-paid offensive linemen, in 1998.
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By Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston and Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston,SUN REPORTERS | June 12, 2008
For 12 seasons, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was a cornerstone of the Ravens franchise. As the first player drafted by the team in 1996, he dominated the best defensive linemen of his generation, protecting the blind side of countless quarterbacks with his massive wingspan and opening holes for running backs with bulldozing power. Now, the end has come for the man who was just as likely to have a novel in his hand as his playbook. Knowing a toe injury would hinder his All-Pro playing ability, Ogden told The Sun yesterday that he will officially announce his retirement at a news conference today, a long-awaited decision that ends the career of one of the NFL's greatest offensive linemen.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
These are extremely expensive, pivotal times for the Ravens, an organization facing major financial and roster decisions surrounding quarterback Joe Flacco. Monday marks the first day NFL teams can name a franchise player, and general manager Ozzie Newsome says Flacco is the Ravens' only candidate for the designation. If the Super Bowl champions don't sign Flacco to a contract extension prior to a March 4 deadline to utilize the franchise tag, they're expected to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent through either an exclusive franchise tender of $20.46 million or a non-exclusive franchise tender of $14.6 million.
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February 13, 1998
Bears: Re-signed DT Jim Flanigan to $15 million, five-year contract and S John Mangum to $1.65 million, three-year contract. Designated RB Raymont Harris as transition player. Named Greg Schiano secondary coach and Carlos Mainord linebackers coach.Bengals: Named DE Dan Wilkinson franchise player.Broncos: Re-signed CB Ray Crockett and TE Dwayne Carswell. Signed WR Darrick Branch and DE Dameian Jeffries. Released CB Randy Hilliard.Buccaneers: Released LB Rufus Porter. Re-signed DT Anthony DeGrate.
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February 12, 1999
Bengals: Named WR Carl Pickens franchise player. Re-signed LB Tom Tumulty to two-year contract.Broncos: Waived WR Willie Green. Signed RB Curtis Alexander, WR Andre Cooper and OT Tim Kohn.Browns: Named Jerry Butler receivers coach.Buccaneers: Released K Michael Husted, S Charles Mincy, FB Lorenzo Neal and CB Anthony Parker. Named DE Chidi Ahanotu franchise player.Cardinals: Named WR Rob Moore franchise player.Chargers: Released former Ravens TE Frank Hartley.Chiefs: Named Tom Rossley quarterbacks coach.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2003
The Ravens officially placed the franchise-player tag on cornerback Chris McAlister yesterday, the deadline for teams to use the designation. As a franchise player, McAlister will receive a one-year tender worth the average salary of the top five players at his position - $5.9 million. McAlister, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this month if not for the tag, and the Ravens will continue to work on a long-term contract. Although McAlister can still sign with other teams, the Ravens retain the right to match any contract offer or accept two first-round draft choices from that team.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
The Ravens continue to engage in contract talks with tight end Dennis Pitta and have made him a major negotiating priority as they urgently try to lock up the pending unrestricted free agent, according to league sources. No deal is imminent, though, as negotiations remain active, according to a source. Pitta's representatives met with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty on Saturday at the NFL scouting combine, per a source. When reached for comment, Pitta's agent, Justin Schulman, declined to comment on negotiations.
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Mike Preston | February 14, 2014
The line in the sand has to be drawn soon. For the Ravens to be successful in the offseason, a top priority is getting Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs to agree to a contract extension, freeing up some salary cap room to sign other players. Teams can begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents March 8. Free agency begins at 4 p.m. March 11. According to an NFL source, the two sides are making progress, and the assumption here is that a new deal is likely. Suggs has one year remaining on a six-year, $62.5 million contract worth $12.4 million this season.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
MOBILE, Ala.  - Two players on different ends of the tight end spectrum made their respective bids for NFL job opportunities Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. North Carolina junior All-American Eric Ebron isn't eligible to play in the Senior Bowl because he declared early for the draft, but is in town this week networking with NFL teams. Ebron represents the athletic tight end now in vogue, a player with similar traits to receiving tight ends like the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham and the Ravens' Dennis Pitta.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Now that quarterback Joe Flacco is poised to become the highest paid player in the NFL by virtue of a $120.6 million contract, the Ravens aren't expected to use the franchise tag on any of their other unrestricted free agents. Although Monday afternoon marks the league deadline to use the designation, general manager Ozzie Newsome has already stated that Flacco was the Ravens' lone candidate to be named a franchise player. The Flacco contract, which includes a record $62 million payout during the first three years, won't become official until the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player takes and passes a physical and signs his contract Monday.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
These are extremely expensive, pivotal times for the Ravens, an organization facing major financial and roster decisions surrounding quarterback Joe Flacco. Monday marks the first day NFL teams can name a franchise player, and general manager Ozzie Newsome says Flacco is the Ravens' only candidate for the designation. If the Super Bowl champions don't sign Flacco to a contract extension prior to a March 4 deadline to utilize the franchise tag, they're expected to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent through either an exclusive franchise tender of $20.46 million or a non-exclusive franchise tender of $14.6 million.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
In one of the last innings of Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb 's charity softball game that pitted the offense against the defense at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon, Ray Rice lobbed a pitch that rookie free safety Christian Thompson leaned into. After cornerback Chykie Brown and defensive tackle Bryan Hall pretended to charge the mound and tackle Rice, the running back turned to several of his offensive teammates in one dugout and pleaded for their assistance.
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By Brent Jones | March 17, 2004
Today is the deadline for the Ravens and cornerback Chris McAlister to reach an agreement on a long-term deal. If the Ravens sign McAlister, the team's franchise player, to a long-term contract between tomorrow and July 14, the Ravens would forfeit their right to use the franchise tag again over the length of McAlister's contract. After the mid-July date, the Ravens could sign McAlister to a long-term deal with no penalty. Team officials and McAlister's agent, Mitch Frankel, have been negotiating for nearly 14 months.
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February 16, 1996
Baltimore: Named Ted Marchibroda coach; signed him to three-year contract.Bears: Named Craig VerSteeg offensive assistant.Bills: Re-signed K Steve Christie to five-year contract. Named T John Fina franchise player.Buccaneers: Re-signed free-agent WR Horace Copeland to three-year contract. Signed four free agents: RB Curtis Johnson, RB James Johnson, WR Larry Ryans and DT Lamar Mills.Cardinals: Named DT Eric Swann franchise player. Named Joe Greene defensive line coach.Chargers: Signed DT Shawn Lee to four-year contract.
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Mike Preston | April 16, 2012
If left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was holding out of team conditioning sessions and multiple off season mini-camps, there would be major concern because he might report to training camp as bloated as an inflatable doll. But I have no concern about running back Ray Rice missing voluntary conditioning, which started Monday. I have more concerns about Jah Reid being flexible enough to play left guard, and ancient center Matt Birk lasting another season. I am more worried about outside linebacker Paul Kruger being able to hold the edge on running plays and whether Sergio Kindle can develop into a top pass rusher.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2011
You want to make an Orioles player or coach cringe? You want to evoke a furrowed brow, a disapproving sigh or a dismissive response? Bring up the fact that Nick Markakis has hit 20 or more homers in just two of his five big league seasons. Fixate on his 12 home runs and 60 RBIs last year and conclude that his numbers are not befitting of an All-Star-caliber corner outfielder. "Who gives a damn?" Orioles manager Buck Showalter said when asked about the perception that Markakis will never be a 30-homer player.
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