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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 and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
As the Ravens hit the practice field Tuesday, one of their AFC rivals was putting the finishing touches on a significant trade. The New England Patriots sent six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick. Could the Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome also have a deal up their sleeves before they have to set their final roster at 53 on Saturday? Ravens coach John Harbaugh certainly sounded receptive to the idea, but he learned long ago to temper his expectations when it comes to trades at this time of year.
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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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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Kyle Juszczyk trudged off the Ravens' practice field as a rookie fullback a year ago, thoroughly frustrated after a training camp blocking drill in which he was stonewalled repeatedly by linebackers and safeties. In the middle of Juszczyk's unconvincing audition as an inexperienced lead blocker, veteran rush linebacker Terrell Suggs shouted that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome needed to bring back Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Three days later, Leach was signed to return as the Ravens' starting fullback.
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Mike Preston | June 2, 2014
In the past, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been able to add some quality players in the second phase of free agency because of patience, and that won't change in 2014. In 2011, the Ravens added left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie shortly before the season began and last year signed inside linebacker Daryl Smith on June 5. Smith went on to lead the team in tackles last season with 123. As of Monday, the Ravens were quite comfortable with their 90-player roster. "Basically, most of the players have been pored over and picked through," Newsome said.
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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 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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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Composed and seemingly contrite, Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized to his wife, Janay, and insisted that their physical altercation in February was a one-time incident from which he has grown. He also vowed to become a vocal advocate against domestic violence when the time is right. Taking questions from reporters Thursday for the first time since he was arrested and accused of striking his then-fiancee unconscious at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino in February, Rice said many of the things that people hoped to hear when he broke his silence in May. “My actions that night were totally inexcusable,” Rice said in Thursday's news conference, held after the team's training camp practice.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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Peter Schmuck | June 21, 2014
The Ravens were all smiles after their three-day minicamp last week, which could be an indication of how much confidence they have that they are on the verge of a big turnaround season or just how happy everyone is to get in a little beach time over the next month. It has been a rocky offseason, but the new offense seems to be coming along nicely and most of the off-the-field unpleasantness of the past few months is behind, so coach John Harbaugh has plenty of reason to be upbeat with about four weeks to go before his team opens training camp.
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June 13, 2014
What a contrast there's been in the responses by Baltimore sports teams' management to inappropriate behavior by their professional athletes ( "Manny Machado 'needs to re-establish himself as a big leaguer,' Dan Duquette says," June 10). Here we have Mr. Machado, whose misbehavior involved slinging a bat down the third base line, and general manager Dan Duquette is already talking about sending him back to the minors. Then we have Ray Rice, who by all accounts knocked his then girlfriend out cold, and the Ravens' response is not to respond at all. Other then the sanctions by the NFL, Mr. Rice faces no repercussions from the Ravens organization.
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Mike Preston | June 2, 2014
In the past, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been able to add some quality players in the second phase of free agency because of patience, and that won't change in 2014. In 2011, the Ravens added left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie shortly before the season began and last year signed inside linebacker Daryl Smith on June 5. Smith went on to lead the team in tackles last season with 123. As of Monday, the Ravens were quite comfortable with their 90-player roster. "Basically, most of the players have been pored over and picked through," Newsome said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
If second-year offensive lineman Rick Wagner was the Ravens' big winner during the draft because the team didn't take an offensive tackle, the big loser may have been the group of interior defensive linemen who figured to be in line for more playing time after Arthur Jones departed for the Indianapolis Colts in free agency. The drafting of Timmy Jernigan in the second round and Brent Urban in the fourth certainly creates a logjam of interior defensive linemen. The players who probably will need a strong training camp to solidify their spot on the team are DeAngelo Tyson and Terrence Cody though Tyson has done nothing but improve since he was drafted by the team.
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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 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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Mike Preston | May 10, 2014
The Ravens were stuck in no man's land when they selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick. But they made the best of the situation. Mosley was a great linebacker last season and one of the top players in college football. But, unfortunately, there is a stigma that comes with Alabama defensive players these days. A few of the Crimson Tide players taken early in recent drafts haven't lived up to high expectations. There have been quite a few - Rolando McClain, Kareem Jackson, Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
When the three-day draft ended and the Ravens had made the last of their nine selections, there was just as much talk about what needs they didn't address as those they did. Despite saying there is a wide receiver the Ravens could take in every round, general manager Ozzie Newsome didn't select one with any of his original eight picks, though the team did trade for a seventh-round pick and select local product Michael Campanaro (River Hill)....
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