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  • Ravens' news, notes and opinions

    There was a lot of talk over the weekend about the upcoming July 15 deadline to sign designated “franchised” players to long-term contracts before they are locked into playing the season under the franchise tag. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly made some progress in their efforts to sign wide receiver Dez Bryant. The New York Giants have a decision to make after their designated “franchise” player, pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, hurt his hand in a fireworks accident over the weekend. The Ravens? They don’t have to worry about the deadline because they haven’t used the franchise tag since 2012, when they applied it to Ray Rice, a precursor to reaching a long-term deal with the running back. But unless there’s some movement over the next couple of months with certain Ravens heading into the final years of their deals – or perhaps one 2016 free agent in particular - it’s very possible that the streak of not using it ends next offseason. It seems extremely unlikely that the Ravens would use it on either of their starting guards – Marshal Yanda or Kelechi Osemele – because that would mean paying them in the neighborhood of $13 million for one season. But kicker Justin Tucker is clearly the most logical candidate for the franchise tag. The cost of the tag at each position won’t be set until well after the 2015-16 season, but it figures to be quite a bit north of $4 million. That seems pricey, but not when you consider how important kickers are in today’s NFL. Tucker, the most accurate kicker in the history of the league, has been a great find and bargain for the Ravens after he made the team as an undrafted free agent. Assuming he has another strong year, he has every right to want to be paid as the top kicker in the NFL. Will the perennially cash-strapped Ravens be able to afford a deal like that in the same offseason where they’ll need to restructure Joe Flacco’s contract and have other key free agents like Yanda, Osemele, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and punter Sam Koch? That question can’t be answered now, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll exhaust every avenue to keep Tucker.
  • Rick Gosselin: Cowboys thinking Super Bowl, but September should be first concern

    The focus around Dallas ever since the Dez non-catch in Green Bay has been the 2015 season. Specifically, the end of the 2015 season. The expectation in these parts is that the Cowboys are ready to take the next step. There's an anticipation that the...

    Boltman the fan is a lightning rod in Chargers' relocation drama

    Boltman the fan is a lightning rod in Chargers' relocation drama
    For two decades, Dan Jauregui has boasted he is the No. 1 fan of the Chargers football team. He is certainly the most visible. Dressed as Boltman, he attends every game. Fans and players can see him whooping it up from his front-row, field-level seat....

    Ravens' Elvis Dumervil wants NFL title, sacks record

    Ravens' Elvis Dumervil wants NFL title, sacks record
    Inside Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil's locker, the veteran pass rusher keeps a reminder of a milestone he's chasing. It's a simple note with "23" written on it, signifying the number of sacks Dumervil would need to break the NFL single-season...

    Packers' Andrew Quarless arrested on suspicion of firing gun in public

    Packers' Andrew Quarless arrested on suspicion of firing gun in public
    Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in public after allegedly getting into an argument in Miami Beach on Saturday morning. According to a police report obtained by the Associated Press, Quarless...