Justin Tucker named Pro Football Writers All-NFL Team

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Justin Tucker has been collecting trophies this season. On Monday, he was named to the Pro Football Writers All-NFL team by the Pro Writers Association. He is the only kicker on the team and the only Raven. With a season of 8-8, it is not surprising. Tucker kicked his way to the Pro Bowl.

Tucker has been named Ravens MVP by the Baltimore media and will be heading to beautiful Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl on January 26th.

Tucker made 38 of 41 field goal attempts and set the Ravens single season record with 140 points and 38 field goals. During a part of the season, he had a streak of 33 straight.

Tucker had six field goal attempts at 50 yards, including the 61 yard field goal in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.

Way to go Tuck!!

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Will Suggs remain a Raven?

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Linebacker Terrell Suggs has been a powerhouse defensive player on the Ravens team for the past 10 seasons. He played along with future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. When Lewis retired, Suggs stepped up and became the team`s influential leader.

It is undetermined if Terrell Suggs will remain a Raven. He takes up a large portion of the team`s salary cap. His contract for the 2014 season is 12.4 million. If the Ravens decide to part with Suggs, they would save around 7.8 million in cap space.

The Ravens encountered this situation last offseason with wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Ed Reed.

The organization is hoping to come to an agreement with Suggs on a contract extension. Since Suggs is in his final year of his current contract, an extension would keep him in Baltimore and allow him to retire a Raven, just like Ray Lewis.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome is no stranger to tough negotiations. Last offseason, the organization could not come to an agreement with Boldin’s contract extension and the leading wide receiver was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

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“Terrell is a real good football player,” says Ozzie Newsome to reporters. “But with that being said, we let a good football player go last year. So I’m not afraid when it comes to letting guys walk out the door. What we’ll do is we’ll look at every aspect of it and see what’s best for the 2014 and ’15 and ’16 Ravens and make that decision.”

That statement speaks volumes for the fate of the team. Newsome will expect Suggs to take a pay cut in order to save cap space. And if Suggs decides not to, he will be traded, just like Boldin and Reed.

If Newsome decides to trade Suggs, hopefully he will save enough cap space to get a wide receiver that can connect on deep ball passes and convert 3rd downs, especially in the red zone. Maybe he can get some tougher offensive lineman that can protect Flacco.

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Juan Castillo will remain with the Ravens

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Due to the poor job offense did this season, everyone thought that Castillo would get the ax. Not true. Juan Castillo will have a new job with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. After working as the run game coordinator last season, he will now be the new offensive line coach. Castillo worked as the team’s offensive line coach least season, although his title said different.

“The rest of it is a little bit in flux right now,” said Head Coach John Harbaugh.

Part of the reason why the coaching staff has not been finalized yet is because Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell has interviewed for head coaching positions with the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and Titans. If he accepts a position, it is possible he will bring some of the staff with him.

Castillo has been highly criticized because of the poor run game last season. The Ravens finished the season ranked 30th in the NFL by averaging 83 rushing years per game. The team also finished last in the NFL averaging 3.1 yards per carry.

Harbaugh states that the group has to improve as a whole heading into the new season. “Going forward, our plan now is to improve and get better,” Harbaugh says. “There are a lot of things we didn’t do well as a coaching staff, and that’s why we look at ourselves first. We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays-offense, defense and special teams.”

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Ravens Free Agents 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens will undergo many changes in 2014. There are several players that could get big play days on the open market. Yes, that time of year is here. Free agency.

Here is a look at all of the Ravens’ free agents this offseason:

Restricted Free Agents

A player who has received a qualifying offer from their current team but can still negotiate with another team through the free agent signing period. If a player accepts an offer from the new team, his old team can try to match the offer or decide not to match the offer and instead, receive draft-choice compensation from the new team.

Players become restricted free agents when they complete three accrued seasons and their contract expires.

The Ravens Restricted Free Agents are:

Wide receiver Tandon Doss

Linebacker Albert McClellan

Unrestricted Free Agents

An unrestricted free agent may sign with any NFL team, with no compensation owed to his old team, once the new league year begins on March 11. According to Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com, “The Ravens have the ability to negotiate with their unrestricted free agents, or use the franchise tag to keep one of them, but other teams do not have to provide any compensation for signing the UFAs like they do for restricted UFAs.”

In order to become a unrestricted free agent, a player must have completed four or more accrued seasons with an expired contract.

The Ravens Unrestricted Free Agents are:

Tight end Dallas Clark

Nose tackle Terrence Cody

Tight end Ed Dickson

Cornerback Corey Graham

Safety James Ihedigbo

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones

Safety Jeromy Miles

Left tackle Eugene Monroe

Right tackle Michael Oher

Tight end Dennis Pitta

Running back Bernard Scott

Middle linebacker Daryl Smith

Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (retiring)

Exclusive Rights Free Agent

To become an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, a player has to have two accrued NFL seasons whose contracts have expired, but do not have the ability to sign with another team unless their current team chooses not to re-sign them.

The Ravens exclusive rights free agents are:

Safety Omar Brown

Outside linebacker D.J. Bryant

Inside linebacker Josh Bynes

Outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton

Safety Anthony Levine

Safety Brynden Trawick

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Marlon Brown tied Torrey Smith’s Rookie Record

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Wide receiver Marlon Brown has become a strong ally for Baltimore. Standing 6’4″ and weighing 205lbs, this all-star from the Georgia Bulls scored his way to Smith’s record. Brown tied wide receiver Torrey Smith’s rookie touchdown record with seven touchdowns. He tied the record during the Cincinnati Bengals game.

Brown caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touchdowns. He was second on the team behind Smith in receiving yards.

Marlon Brown came to Baltimore as an undrafted free agent after suffering a career-ending ACL knee injury while playing with the Georgia Bulldogs. He caught 60% of Flacco’s passes thrown at him. That is more than Jacoby Jones or Torrey Smith.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has said that adding another receiver could be a priority since Jacoby Jones is an unrestricted free agent and Tandon Doss is a restricted free agent. Unfortunately, that means they could be cut. Free agency.

“If that mans playing a bigger role int he offense next year, I’ll take it,” said Brown.

Possible coaching changes

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It is uncertain whether or not Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell will receive another head coaching position. He has interviewed with two NFL teams, the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins and his alma mater, Penn State, is looking for a new coach.

It is for sure that Head Coach Harbaugh is looking for a possible replacement.

Jim Caldwell came to Baltimore after being fired at the end of the 2011 NFL season from the Indianapolis Colts. Thirteen days after his dismissal from the Colts, Caldwell was named quarterbacks coach by the Baltimore Ravens. After the firing of Cam Cameron on December 10, 2012, Caldwell was named the offensive coordinator. On January 22, 2013 the day after the defeat of the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, head coach John Harbaugh announced that Caldwell become the team’s permanent offensive coordinator. During the 2012 season, Caldwell helped lead the Baltimore offense to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd, 2013.

Unfortunately, the 2013 season was a different year. The Ravens had no running game, partially due to their injured top-performing running back, the quarterback had multiple sacks and interceptions, their top tight end was out with a serious injury and the Ravens did not manage to replace their power wide receiver from the Super Bowl XLVII era.

You can’t blame a coach for this. One bad season does not make a bad coach just like one good season does not make a good football player. With all the new additions and injuries, the team did not “gel” in time to make it to the play-offs. They fought like warriors with that they had to work with.

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