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Ravens News 3/17: The Ravens have a new receiver!

Ravens News for 3-17-18

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Michael Crabtree agrees to three-year deal with Ravens — ESPN

Terms weren’t disclosed, but Crabtree received a three-year, $21 million deal, including $15 million in the first two years and $11 million guaranteed ($7 million signing bonus), a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal could be worth up to $20 million in the first two years.

”Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game. He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement.

Ryan Jensen becomes first Ravens free agent to bolt, Buccaneers make him NFL’s highest-paid center — Baltimore Sun

Jensen’s agent, Mike McCartney, announced the agreement on his Twitter account. According to reports, Jensen’s deal is a four-year pact worth $42 million and includes $22 million in guaranteed money.

Jensen had taken free-agent visits to both the Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts before agreeing to the deal with Tampa Bay. He’s the first of 10 Ravens unrestricted free agents to sign elsewhere.

Six takeaways from John Brown’s introductory press-conference — Baltimore Beatdown

3. John Brown’s fit in Baltimore

Newsome talked about what John Brown can do for Baltimore’s offense. He said, “[John Brown] can take the top off of the defense. A lot of times when you are dealing with a very vertical receiver, they have a very limited route tree. John [Brown] does not, he can run every route in the route tree.”

Newsome also addressed that he believes John Brown’s best football is still in front him. He said, “He will continue to get better and we will be the beneficiary of that.”

Ozzie Newsome is on his way to fulfilling his commitment to rebuilding the wide receiver corps — Baltimore Beatdown

It is still early in the offseason, but the question remains, did Newsome fulfill his commitment to revamping this position group? The Ravens parted ways with Maclin, yet signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown. Currently, Crabtree, Brown, Moore, Tim White, Quincy Adeboyejoand Breshad Perriman are the only receivers under contract for next season.

Obviously, the Ravens still have plenty of other opportunities to bolster this unit. Not to mention, all signs are pointing towards the Ravens adding at least one more wide receiver. They can add at least one receiver during the 2018 NFL Draft. This upcoming draft class is loaded with intriguing receivers with high ceilings.