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Flashback Friday: Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk was almost a Baltimore Raven

Pro Football hall of fame running back Marshall Faulk was almost traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 1999 with the Ravens sending a second round draft pick and running back Priest Holmes to the Indianapolis Colts as he noted via Rich Eisen Show but as we all know, the deal didn't happen and Faulk ended up being traded to the St. Louis Rams and won the Super Bowl in the following season.

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Pro Football hall of fame running back Marshall Faulk said he was almost traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 1999 with the Ravens sending a second round draft pick and running back Priest Holmes to the Indianapolis Colts as he noted via Rich Eisen Show but as we all know, the deal didn't happen and Faulk ended up being traded to the St. Louis Rams and won the Super Bowl in the following season.

There have been stories about this in the past, but it is interesting hearing the situation from Faulk's point of view. I think it's fair to say that Faulk and the Ravens organization ended up being satisfied with how things turned out to say the least. As mentioned, Faulk won the Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999 and the Ravens won the Super Bowl the following season in 2000 with Holmes.

It would have been exciting to see a talent like Faulk on the Ravens roster but at the same time, with the way the Ravens ran a conservative offense under head coach Brian Billick at the time, Faulk most likely would not have produced the same record setting numbers he produced with the Rams from 1999-2001 in an offense nicknamed,"The greatest show on turf".


UPDATE:

Tyler Lombardi of RussellStreetReport.com noted that a high ranking source from the Ravens organization says that Faulk's story about the alleged trade negotiations with the Ravens is false.

Apparently, Marshall Faulk thinks he was almost traded to the Ravens...

But it isn’t true. A high-ranking Ravens source tells us that story is false. The Ravens may have been better off without him. With the pick that they would have had to trade to get him (the 10th overall pick), the Ravens selected Chris McAlister, who was an integral part of the legendary 2000 defense.