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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1999
The Ravens and the agent for defensive end Michael McCrary made more progress yesterday toward reaching an agreement on a six-year contract extension, and negotiations could reach a critical point today.Sources close to the negotiations said the two sides have talked about bumping McCrary's proposed signing bonus from $11.5 million to $12.25 million, which could mark a significant move forward in the talks.Michael George, McCrary's agent, and Pat Moriarty, the Ravens vice president of administration, are scheduled for more talks today.
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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 Baltimoresun.com Staff | March 21, 2005
Ravens linebacker Edgerton Hartwell has reportedly signed a six-year, $26.24 million guaranteed contract with the Atlanta Falcons that includes an $8 million signing bonus, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in Monday's editions. Hartwell, the Ravens' fourth-round draft pick in 2001, was second on the team in tackles in 2004 with 96. "We never had the offense in Baltimore like they've had in Atlanta," Hartwell told the Review-Journal. "They definitely have a lot of great players. If you put together that great offense with a great defense and play together as a team, it could be an unbelievably good future."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2012
Nearly four months after signing Cuban defector Henry Urrutia, the Orioles are still waiting for the 25-year-old outfielder to officially join the organization, according to an industry source. Urrutia, who has set up residency in the Dominican Republic, continues to have difficulty obtaining a visa, an obstacle that has existed since the Orioles signed him in July. The Orioles had hoped Urrutia would arrive in time to get some minor league at bats at the Double-A level. Even after the season ended, the hope was to get Urrutia into to the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., to begin workouts.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1999
Ravens top draft pick Chris McAlister is expected to receive partial payment of a $3.75 million signing bonus once the final details of his four-year agreement are worked out with the team, according to a league source who estimated the total value of the deal at $7.1 million.McAlister, a cornerback from the University of Arizona and the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, is expected to receive the second installment of his signing bonus before mid-February. McAlister and his agent, Eugene Parker, agreed to the deal in principle on Friday.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2004
Terrell Owens' hearing to determine whether he can become a free agent has been rescheduled for next week. What has not changed is the possibility of another costly decision looming afterward. If the ruling goes as predicted - with his trade from the San Francisco 49ers being upheld, probably on Tuesday - Owens likely has two choices: play for the Ravens or pay them. Owens, who was dealt for a second-round pick on March 4, has repeatedly said he doesn't want to play in Baltimore. But following through on a threatened holdout could result in a breach of contract and may cost him more than $3 million.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | August 6, 1998
The Duane Starks era began with a hug from tight end Eric Green.It was a symbolic gesture in several ways, because the Ravens are glad and need to have their No. 1 draft pick in training camp.Starks, a former University of Miami cornerback, ended his 16-day holdout by attending the second half of the morning session and the entire second practice yesterday at Western Maryland College.Minutes before the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Starks ran onto the practice field, he and agent Drew Rosenhaus signed a four-year contract with the Ravens that will pay him nearly $7 million, including a $3.1 million signing bonus and a $350,000 roster bonus in 1999.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1998
Faced with staggering teacher shortages in the next decade, Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick proposed yesterday a fistful of incentives, including a $500 a year tax credit, to attract new teachers and retain those in the state's classrooms.The Maryland State Board of Education gave its blessing to the $45 million package, which calls for a $5,000 signing bonus for graduates in the top 10 percent of their classes who agree to teach three years in the state, a $1,000 stipend for experienced teachers in high-risk schools, and tuition tax credits for graduate-level courses teachers need to maintain their certification.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles first-round draft choice Darnell McDonald will bypass the University of Texas and get a jump on his professional baseball career. He has tentatively agreed to terms on a contract with the club that will pay him a signing bonus worth a face value of $1.9 million.McDonald, who originally had told the club that he intended to play both football and baseball at the University of Texas unless he got a record signing bonus, abruptly changed his mind this week and traveled to Seattle, where he and family advisor, Vance Larimer, apparently put together the deal with club officials early yesterday.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2002
A flurry of question marks surround the Ravens as they reported to training camp yesterday, from their two highest draft picks holding out to a roster packed with unknown talent. Still, with Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe gone, there remains one certainty: This is Ray Lewis' team now. Wide-eyed faces arrived by the droves to McDaniel College, not knowing which direction to head to their room but absolutely sure of whom to follow. And Lewis, the Ravens' magnetic inside linebacker, is attacking this year's leadership role like a helmet-to-helmet collision with Titans running back Eddie George, becoming the first player to report yesterday with his 10 a.m. arrival.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
In a move that was expected to go down to the wire, the Orioles agreed to terms with their first-round pick, high school shortstop Manny Machado, with three minutes to go before baseball's signing deadline of midnight Monday. According to a source, Machado, the third pick overall in June's amateur draft, will receive, pending a physical, a $5.25 million bonus, the second-largest in Orioles history. Catcher Matt Wieters, who, like Machado, is represented by agent Scott Boras, signed for $6 million as the fifth overall pick in 2007.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2010
— Josh Bell knew his first time in the major leagues wouldn't last long, so he harbors no disappointment that he didn't play much. "I think the competitor in me, I want to just play," said Bell, who officially will be sent back to Triple-A Norfolk when Chris Tillman is activated to start Saturday's game. "But I have been having a blast being here and being in the big leagues. So I have no problem with sitting and waiting for my opportunities. " Bell started just four games — two at third base and two at designated hitter — since being promoted July 1 and immediately making his major-league debut.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 22, 2009
While on a pitcher's mound, Jake Arrieta doesn't mind if he's perceived as cocky. Honestly, he kind of likes it. "It doesn't bother me at all," said Arrieta, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects who was recently promoted to Triple-A Norfolk after dominating at Double-A Bowie. "Off the field, I don't have a big mouth, or say this or that or talk about how good I am. ... If people think I am a [jerk] on the mound, that's fine with me." Case in point: Arrieta tells a story about a game last year in which he pitched for the Frederick Keys against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
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By Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman and Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 13, 2009
Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round pick in Tuesday's amateur draft, expects to take a physical in Baltimore in two weeks, and barring any unforeseen developments, he will sign a contract June 27. "That's the plan. We've pretty much got [the contract] set," said Hobgood, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound right-handed pitcher from Norco High in suburban Los Angeles. "Nothing is final, but [the Orioles] presented us a deal and we'll work something out. I'll for sure sign on that Saturday." Hobgood, the fifth overall pick in the draft, presumably will be introduced to the Camden Yards crowd June 27 during a game against the regional rival Washington Nationals.
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By Jamison Hensley | March 5, 2009
April 20, 1996:: Drafted by the Ravens with the 26th pick in the first round. Lewis was the fourth linebacker selected in that draft (behind Kevin Hardy, John Mobley and Reggie Brown). July 15, 1996:: Signs five-year contract worth $5 million in time to report for first training camp. The deal includes a $1.3 million signing bonus. Nov. 19, 1998:: Reaches a four-year contract extension that totals $26 million and includes a $7 million signing bonus. The new deal, which comes with two years still remaining on his rookie contract, makes him the NFL's highest-paid middle linebacker.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | August 24, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from this week in major league baseball: When Manny Acta, one of baseball's straightest shooters, took the Washington Nationals' managerial job two offseasons ago, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. But he certainly couldn't have imagined it was going to be this bad. Not after a relatively acceptable 73-89 record in 2007 - when the Nationals were supposed to be dreadful. It's arguable as to whether injuries or opponents have crushed the Nats more this season.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2001
The first thing you can say about the Ravens' new quarterback is that he's a risk-taker. How many veteran quarterbacks would have left a safe haven, resisted an obvious contract extension and leaped squarely into a free-agent market in which most competitive teams are salary-cap challenged? Two? Three? None? Elvis Grbac did. And he was rewarded nicely for it, too. Grbac not only resisted a contract extension from the Kansas City Chiefs, he resisted an extravagant offer from the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, and yesterday accepted a five-year, $30- million deal with the world champion Ravens, for whom the bar has been raised significantly.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | September 17, 1993
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lost his salary war with Emmitt Smith yesterday, but he may have won the battle to save the team's season.After insisting for weeks that he wasn't going to pay Smith as much as Thurman Thomas because of the NFL's looming salary cap, Jones signed Smith to a four-year, $13.6 million deal that makes him the highest-paid running back in pro football.With the defending Super Bowl champions 0-2 and on the verge on unraveling, Jones gave Smith a contract worth an average of $25,000 a year more than the $13.5 million deal that Thomas signed with the Buffalo Bills in July.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 14, 2008
Orioles first-round draft pick Brian Matusz is scheduled to be in Baltimore today to take a physical, one of the final steps to the pitcher and the team reaching an agreement on a contract. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the two sides are closing in on a deal that could be finalized within the next 24 hours. The Orioles have until midnight tomorrow to reach an agreement or they'll forfeit the draft rights to the University of San Diego left-hander and get a similar compensatory pick in next year's draft.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 13, 2008
CLEVELAND - The Orioles had more extensive negotiations yesterday with Marc Agar, the agent for first-round draft pick Brian Matusz. However, the two sides remain far apart on a deal, leaving the Orioles with 72 hours to reach an agreement with the fourth overall pick before they lose the rights to the University of San Diego pitcher. Club president Andy MacPhail said last night that the issue has become a concern. "The fact that it's not done yet and we thought it would get done earlier, that makes it a concern," MacPhail said.
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