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By BILL ORDINE | March 13, 2009
Free agency has broken up that old purple gang of ours. A handful of heroes from the Ravens' surprising run up to the AFC championship game - center Jason Brown, linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonhard - all hopped the Payday Express and are in other NFL cities. Even so, the Ravens will be better when they line up for Game 1 than when they trudged off Heinz Field after losing the title game. Linebacker Ray Lewis, after doing his best Hamlet rumination of whether "to be or not to be" a Raven, decided to stay.
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Sports Digest | August 5, 2012
From Sun staff and news services NFL Broncos add former Raven Leonhard The Denver Broncos signed free-agent safety Jim Leonhard on Saturday. The 29-year-old former Raven had 48 tackles and one interception in 13 games last season for the New York Jets, with whom he had played since 2009. An undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, Leonhard played in 94 NFL games since 2005 with the Buffalo Bills, Ravens and Jets. He has 326 tackles, six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown)
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By Edward Lee | September 29, 2011
Many Ravens players have said the right things about Sunday night's nationally-televised showdown with the New York Jets, specifically pointing out the respect and friendships they share with former Ravens Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Derrick Mason and Jim Leonhard. But before you get the wrong idea, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs described the Ravens-Jets rivalry as being somewhat similar to the Ravens-Steelers series but without as much vitriol. “It's a little of the same thing,” Suggs said Wednesday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
They sit next to each other in every defensive meeting and occupy back-to-back rows on team charter flights. But even when Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed go their separate ways for the day, the Ravens' two starting safeties likely haven't heard the last from each other. Watching film of the coming opponent later that night, Pollard will notice a play or formation — or just have a random thought about life — and text his first-year teammate to trigger a discussion. Reed will respond with his thoughts or just playfully tell Pollard to "lose my number.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Jamison.Hensley@Baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
The Ravens' pass defense has allowed big plays in the past. The biggest difference with the defensive backs this year is they don't make big plays in return. The Ravens are tied for 17th in the NFL with seven interceptions, but that number is misleading. They made four interceptions against the Cleveland Browns two months ago and have picked off just three passes in the other seven games. In fact, the Ravens have only one interception in the past five games (it was Ed Reed's 52-yard interception return for a touchdown)
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By MIKE PRESTON | June 17, 2008
As an amateur boxer, safety Tom Zbikowski had more than 70 fights, but none like the one he is about to enter when the Ravens open training camp July 21. The Ravens return two starting safeties, Ed Reed and Dawan Landry, and they really like Jim Leonhard, a fourth-year free agent added during the offseason. The Ravens usually keep four on the roster, and if they had to start the season now, sixth-round draft pick Haruki Nakamura would probably beat out Zbikowski for the final spot. But, because a final decision won't be made for several months, that gives Zbikowski time to prepare.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
A week into free agency, the Ravens have put $61 million into contracts to keep the face of the franchise, add speed to the secondary and fill the void at center. There's a sense of satisfaction at Ravens headquarters with Ray Lewis, Domonique Foxworth and Matt Birk in the fold, but ... "We're not done yet. I can tell you that," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "The phones are still hot." The unfinished business could include upgrading at offensive tackle, bringing in a kicker, signing an inside linebacker, adding depth at tight end and finding an additional cornerback.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | February 24, 2009
At a time when Ravens fans seem resigned to losing two of their best young starters to free agency, the agent for linebacker Bart Scott and center Jason Brown has suggested otherwise. Harold Lewis, who represents both players, said yesterday that he is optimistic either Scott or Brown will re-sign with the Ravens before free agency begins Friday. "My gut feeling is one of the two is going to hit free agency and the other one will probably sign," Lewis said. "That's just my gut."
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By Jamison Hensley | November 27, 2009
Not all of the blame for the Ravens' scoring problems should be placed on the offense. Some fingers need to point at the team's lackluster punt-return game, which hasn't put Joe Flacco and teammates in the best field position. The Ravens have the 30th-ranked punt-return unit in the NFL, averaging a paltry 4.1 yards. No other Ravens team has struggled like this one returning punts. The worst ranking in team history is 25th (2006). The lowest average is 7.7 yards (1999 and 2003)
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | March 4, 2009
On a day when the Ravens lost another valuable defensive player to the New York Jets - safety Jim Leonhard - they made a strong push to fill their void in the middle of the offensive line. The Ravens met with Matt Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl center from the Minnesota Vikings, for a little more than three hours yesterday at team headquarters. And the first free-agent visit of Birk's 11-year NFL career was a memorable one. Birk's wife, Adrianna, was shown houses in the area. Coach John Harbaugh and other team officials took Birk to dinner.
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By Edward Lee | September 29, 2011
Many Ravens players have said the right things about Sunday night's nationally-televised showdown with the New York Jets, specifically pointing out the respect and friendships they share with former Ravens Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, Derrick Mason and Jim Leonhard. But before you get the wrong idea, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs described the Ravens-Jets rivalry as being somewhat similar to the Ravens-Steelers series but without as much vitriol. “It's a little of the same thing,” Suggs said Wednesday.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
The Ravens locked up their No. 1 priority in free agency by agreeing to a multi-year deal with guard/tackle Marshal Yanda. They are able to negotiate with their own free agents until 6 p.m. Friday; after that, other teams can make their pitches. Here's a ranking of the other 13 unrestricted free agents in terms of priority to the team: 1. Josh Wilson, cornerback: Fans are campaigning for Nnandi Asomugha of the Raiders, but Wilson figures more into the Ravens' price range. The Ravens got great value after trading a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Wilson last year, and the plan wasn't necessarily to rent the former Maryland standout for one season.
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Mike Preston | November 15, 2010
As the New York Jets get bigger, the legend of their head coach Rex Ryan grows in Baltimore. Ever since the Ravens lost to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday in a last minute comeback by the Falcons, we keep hearing comparisons of Ryan and current Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, which is unfair to both men. Ryan was a great assistant coach and coordinator here, and he has done a terrific job in New York during the last two seasons....
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By Jamison Hensley | November 27, 2009
Not all of the blame for the Ravens' scoring problems should be placed on the offense. Some fingers need to point at the team's lackluster punt-return game, which hasn't put Joe Flacco and teammates in the best field position. The Ravens have the 30th-ranked punt-return unit in the NFL, averaging a paltry 4.1 yards. No other Ravens team has struggled like this one returning punts. The worst ranking in team history is 25th (2006). The lowest average is 7.7 yards (1999 and 2003)
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Jamison.Hensley@Baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
The Ravens' pass defense has allowed big plays in the past. The biggest difference with the defensive backs this year is they don't make big plays in return. The Ravens are tied for 17th in the NFL with seven interceptions, but that number is misleading. They made four interceptions against the Cleveland Browns two months ago and have picked off just three passes in the other seven games. In fact, the Ravens have only one interception in the past five games (it was Ed Reed's 52-yard interception return for a touchdown)
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By Peter Schmuck | July 26, 2009
The Ravens will begin arriving at the Best Western Hotel in Westminster on Monday to open training camp for the 2009 NFL season, and I've got only one thing to say: I'm still wacko for Flacco, though I'd feel a lot better about the whole situation if Derrick Mason decides that he is, too. The Ravens are coming off a terrific first season of the John Harbaugh era. They reached the AFC championship game with a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback and...
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | February 26, 2009
A season ago, it wasn't until a week into free agency that the Ravens signed their first player (special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo). Although the pace likely won't be as slow this year, the Ravens seem to be stressing patience again when looking to sign free agents other than their own. "We will be watching the market and watching who is signing, upgrading our board as time goes," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. Though four starters (linebackers Ray Lewis and Bart Scott, center Jason Brown and safety Jim Leonhard)
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By Peter Schmuck | July 26, 2009
The Ravens will begin arriving at the Best Western Hotel in Westminster on Monday to open training camp for the 2009 NFL season, and I've got only one thing to say: I'm still wacko for Flacco, though I'd feel a lot better about the whole situation if Derrick Mason decides that he is, too. The Ravens are coming off a terrific first season of the John Harbaugh era. They reached the AFC championship game with a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback and...
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By BILL ORDINE | March 13, 2009
Free agency has broken up that old purple gang of ours. A handful of heroes from the Ravens' surprising run up to the AFC championship game - center Jason Brown, linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonhard - all hopped the Payday Express and are in other NFL cities. Even so, the Ravens will be better when they line up for Game 1 than when they trudged off Heinz Field after losing the title game. Linebacker Ray Lewis, after doing his best Hamlet rumination of whether "to be or not to be" a Raven, decided to stay.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
A week into free agency, the Ravens have put $61 million into contracts to keep the face of the franchise, add speed to the secondary and fill the void at center. There's a sense of satisfaction at Ravens headquarters with Ray Lewis, Domonique Foxworth and Matt Birk in the fold, but ... "We're not done yet. I can tell you that," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "The phones are still hot." The unfinished business could include upgrading at offensive tackle, bringing in a kicker, signing an inside linebacker, adding depth at tight end and finding an additional cornerback.
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