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By Matt Vensel | February 1, 2012
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been with the Ravens since they arrived in Baltimore in 1996, and he constructed the 2000 Super Bowl squad. It seems as if speculation about his future in Baltimore is an annual rite of winter, but Wednesday, Newsome indicated that he has no plans to leave anytime soon. “I enjoy coming to work. I don't know if I have a bad day. I make a lot of mistakes,” Newsome said. “But I don't know if I have a bad day at the office. With the people that's in this building, I really enjoy what I do. I don't know how long [he'll stay]
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
The Ravens apparently haven't closed the door on middle linebacker Rolando McClain just yet. Two days after McClain had a shaky workout in front of team officials, failing to pass the conditioning test and struggling in drills, the Ravens activated the 24-year-old from the reserved/retired list. The Ravens haven't commented on the decision and it's unclear where this leaves McClain's status for the 2014 season. However, the move does allow McClain, who hasn't played in an NFL game since late in the 2012 season, to join the team for offseason workouts, which start Monday in Owings Mills.
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By Monique Jones and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome isn't interested in looking for a quarterback any time soon. As far as he is concerned, Joe Flacco is the Ravens quarterback now and in the future. "Well, Joe and I have a good understanding of where his contract is," said Newsome during Tuesday's Super Bowl media day. "People fail to realize that he was a dropped pass away from getting to the Super Bowl last year. So, what he did was just back up to what he did a year ago. He's doing a great job. He has great chemistry with Jim Caldwell.
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Mike Preston | April 1, 2014
With a lot of local attention over the weekend focused on running back Ray Rice's recent indictment on a charge of aggravated assault and Opening Day for the Orioles, some big news went unnoticed. The Ravens didn't sign running back LeGarrette Blount - and the Pittsburgh Steelers did. The two-year deal, which is reportedly worth $3.85 million, leaves the Ravens with a big hole and also means they'll have to face a new two-headed monster in Pittsburgh with Blount and Le'Veon Bell.
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By Childs Walker | The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
As Steve Bisciotti tells it, neither he nor John Harbaugh is patient when it comes to the Ravens. So when a big decision confronts them and emotions are boiling, they turn to their in-house Solomon, also known as Ozzie Newsome. They do so knowing full well that he'll ask them to wait. "It's kind of a running joke with us that Dad doesn't give you an answer right away," said Bisciotti, the Ravens owner. "You bring him your requests and then you have to wait a day to get your answer from Ozzie.
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By Mike Preston | January 24, 2013
Jacoby Jones ended up being the Ravens' top free-agent acquisition during last offseason. This past season, Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return and became the first player in NFL history to record multiple KOR-TD of at least 105 yards (108 and 105). He set franchise records for kick return TD's in a season (2 KOR and 1 PR) and averaged 30.7 yards per kickoff return. With 31 seconds left in regulation, Jones also had the 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco which tied the game before the Ravens beat the Denver Broncos in double overtime on Jan. 12. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he had some help in signing Jones.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has never hid his respect for the Ravens and some of the organization's top decision markers. So, it was hardly surprising that in his final news conference before Sunday's game, he spent a good part of it showering the Ravens with praise. He saved some of his kindest words for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome . The two worked together in Cleveland and have maintained a friendship. Belichick called him a “pretty special person, special football person, too. “He's been very complimentary about his comments of what he learned from me, but I think I probably learned more from him than he learned from me,” Belichick said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
UPDATE: The Ravens announced Monday morning that Ozzie Newsome is "feeling fine and headed back to Baltimore . CHICAGO -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken from Soldier Field by ambulance to a local hospital after the Ravens' 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Ravens released the following statement via the team website: “Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight.” Newsome, 57, watched the game, which lasted five hours, 16 minutes and included a near two-hour weather delay, from the press box. An ambulance later pulled up outside the Ravens' locker room while security officials prevented stadium employees from entering the area.  Newsome was promoted to the Ravens' general manager position in 2002, becoming the NFL's first African American to reach that post.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged Saturday that video showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino is a troubling image for the star running back. However, Newsome is withholding judgment on Rice as the legal process unfolds and he's encouraged by the decision of the three-time Pro Bowl running back and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, to get counseling for their relationship. “I did [watch the video]
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Jonathan Ogden didn't have to think hard to decide who would introduce him next weekend at his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Ozzie,” the former Ravens left tackle said Friday, referring to the team's longtime general manager, Ozzie Newsome. “I chose Ozzie because he brought me into Baltimore. I respect him, and we worked well together. … It just made sense to me.” The two mens' legacies are deeply intertwined. Newsome, himself a Hall of Fame player, was still wet behind the ears as an executive when he ran the Ravens' first draft in 1996.
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Mike Preston | March 25, 2014
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome is in his bargain-basement mode these days. Over the weekend the Ravens added two new players, which got a lot of fans excited, but neither center Jeremy Zuttah, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, nor former St. Louis Rams safety Darian Stewart should make a dramatic difference to the Ravens this season. It appears that Newsome is filling in some gaps, like finding another backup running back or a rotational defensive lineman, but the major lifting is over until the NFL draft in May. Oh sure, Zuttah is better than Gino Gradkowski, who started at center last season for the Ravens.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
After agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the New York Giants last Thursday, Jameel McClain went to his Facebook page to say goodbye to the only NFL organization that he had ever known. He thanked Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh. He saluted his former teammates, and then he paid homage to Ravens fans, vowing to remain active in the Baltimore community and to "continue my commitment to change and to improve the lives of others.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
On his way to Baltimore on Thursday night, Steve Smith got a phone call from New England head coach Bill Belichick who told the free agent wide receiver that he wanted him to play for the Patriots and catch passes from Tom Brady. The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks also called and Smith said the San Diego Chargers - coached by Mike McCoy, his former passing game coordinator in Carolina - made him a contract offer. But as Smith pondered a move for the first time in his 13-year NFL career, he concluded that there was no need to make any more visits after Baltimore.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
On an eventful first day of free agency that saw a ton of money change hands and a boatload of players change uniforms, the Ravens stuck to a familiar script. About 30 minutes after the market opened at 4 p.m., the Ravens fulfilled their top free-agent priority agreeing to terms with left tackle Eugene Monroe on a five-year, $37.5 million deal, according to a league source. Otherwise, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens' front office continued to exercise patience, choosing mostly to stand down while other teams threw money around at a dizzying rate.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
After one season in San Francisco, veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin decided that he didn't want to go anywhere else. Boldin, the former Raven, broke the news on his Twitter account that he has re-signed with the 49ers a little more than a week before he was eligible to hit free agency. According to reports, Boldin agreed to a two-year deal. "49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I'm returning to San Francisco," Boldin write on his foundation's web site.
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Mike Preston | February 24, 2014
The Ravens and Dennis Pitta are still far from reaching a new contract, but hopefully they aren't haggling over whether Pitta should get paid as a wide receiver or a tight end. It's the trend these days, because tight ends get moved around the field, especially in the slot, so they want to get paid receiver money. If that's the case with Pitta, then the Ravens should remind him he got drafted as a tight end, gets introduced as a tight end, is as big and slow as a tight end and plays tight end. End of conversation.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
For the better part of an hour, general manager Ozzie Newsome answered questions about the Ravens' numerous offseason losses, their remaining roster holes and the challenge they would face trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Finally, he decided to turn the tables on reporters and ask a question of his own. "I'd like for someone to be able to tell me that we aren't good enough to go to the playoffs right now," Newsome said at the team's annual pre-draft luncheon in mid-April.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 15, 2008
Whenever an injured player goes down, the Ravens like to use the term "the next man up." At the team's training facility in Owings Mills, the next man up is general manager Ozzie Newsome, followed closely by owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens' troubled offense during the past nine years has led to the dismissal of offensive coordinators Matt Cavanaugh and Jim Fassel and the recent firing of head coach Brian Billick. It's Newsome's turn on the hot seat. If the Ravens can't correct their offensive problems with a new head coach, then Newsome is the next man on the food chain.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged Saturday that video showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino is a troubling image for the star running back. However, Newsome is withholding judgment on Rice as the legal process unfolds and he's encouraged by the decision of the three-time Pro Bowl running back and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, to get counseling for their relationship. “I did [watch the video]
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Months before the NFL draft launches in May, the Ravens are unofficially on the clock. The Ravens are in major need of reinforcements, particularly at wide receiver, offensive line and tight end, after a disappointing 8-8 season in which they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. As the Ravens arrived Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine to evaluate college football prospects, draft analysts are praising this incoming rookie class as the kind that can provide an immediate influx of talent.
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