Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown (78) jogs on the field prior to an AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens OT Orlando Brown drawing trade interest

Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown covets a role at the exclusive left tackle position and is pushing for a trade out of Baltimore.

Brown made his desire public via social media, and reports indicate the Ravens are amenable to a deal. ESPN reported the Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams who kicked the tires on a trade for Brown.

Brown was drafted to play right tackle out of Oklahoma. He moved to left tackle for the final 10 games of the 2020 season due to an injury to Pro Bowl starter Ronnie Stanley.

The Ravens signed Stanley to a five-year, $98.75 million contract extension in October.

The 24-year-old Brown was a third-round pick in 2018. He’s entering the final season of a four-year, $3.49 million deal with the Ravens.

He has never missed a game as a pro, including 18 starts last season (playoffs included).

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before an AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

WR Dez Bryant: Baltimore ‘wasn’t the place for me’

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted Tuesday night he would like to play two more years in the NFL, though it appears a return to the Baltimore Ravens is not in the cards.

Bryant returned from a two-season hiatus primarily due to injury to join the Ravens in 2020, finishing with six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games played. “I realized quick Baltimore wasn’t the place for me,” he tweeted. “No bad blood that’s their way of doing things so you gotta respect it.”

The Ravens added Bryant to their 53-man roster in November, and he made his team debut against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9. Though he remarked in a tweet that his chemistry with quarterback Lamar Jackson was good on and off the field, “it was guys there before me who understood the offensive concepts better than me… you can’t jeopardize that.”

“No OTAs No mini camp and coming in midway through the season is not normal,” Bryant said in continuing to tweet with fans. “I wasn’t bothered about playing time.. I enjoyed myself I met some great teammates.. guys I feel like I will be keeping in contact for a long time.. I’m thankful for the opportunity Baltimore gave me.”

Bryant added in a later tweet that he plans on playing two more years “and that’s it for me.” He turns 33 in November.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown (78) jogs on the field prior to an AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Orlando Brown Jr. wants trade out of Baltimore

Standout offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. wants to be traded away from the Baltimore Ravens to continue playing at left tackle, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Brown filled in for Ronnie Stanley at left tackle after Stanley suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 8. Brown had been the team’s right tackle since the Ravens selected the Oklahoma product in the third round of the 2018 draft.

In late January, Brown tweeted, “I’m a LEFT Tackle.”

Brown was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and 2020 and is entering the final year of his four-year, $3.49 million rookie contract. The Ravens signed Stanley to a five-year, $98.75 million extension with nearly $64.2 million in guarantees on Oct. 30.

CBS Sports reported the Ravens have granted Brown permission to seek a trade, but the Ravens would seek major compensation in return for the 24-year-old, per the NFL Network report.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle (86) catches the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens TE Nick Boyle agrees to two-year extension

Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle agreed to a two-year contract extension on Friday that will keep him with the team through the 2023 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but NFL Network reported it is worth a total of $13 million, with $10.5 million fully guaranteed upon signing.

His existing three-year, $18 million contract was due to expire after the 2021 season.

Boyle sustained a season-ending knee injury during the Ravens’ 23-17 loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 15. He is expected to return in time for training camp next season.

Boyle, 27, recorded career-high totals in catches (31) and receiving yards (321) in 2019 before finishing with 14 catches for 113 yards in nine games in 2020. He had two touchdown grabs in both campaigns for Baltimore, which relies heavily on fellow tight end Mark Andrews in the passing game.

Boyle has 120 receptions for 1,047 yards with four touchdowns in 73 career games since being selected by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter of an AFC Divisional Round game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens GM: Lamar Jackson deserves long-term contract

Lamar Jackson remains a crucial component for the Baltimore Ravens, and the franchise intends to keep him around long-term.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Monday that he plans to begin negotiations toward a long-term deal with Jackson “in the next 10 days.”

“I will be talking to Lamar probably within the next 10 days or so. He’s down in Florida,” DeCosta said. “He certainly deserves a contract. He has played phenomenal football over the last couple of years. Our intention and my intention is to keep him in Baltimore for many, many years.”

DeCosta said credit for the Ravens’ philosophy of “signing up more players” to long-term deals goes to the front office. DeCosta said it took more than a year to get the five-year extension done with left tackle Ronnie Stanley.

“We have these players, we draft them, we like them, we know them, they really fit us,” DeCosta said. “We want our fans to reap the enjoyment of these players. … We will continue to engage in these talks with our young players. Sometimes you can’t get a deal done. I learned this from Ozzie (Newsome), you can’t sign everyone.”

DeCosta said the Ravens’ objectives include having the “best offensive line” in the NFL, and he includes tight end Mark Andrews in that group. DeCosta said talks with Andrews, who is entering the final year of his contract, also will start soon.

Last season, Jackson was 38th among quarterbacks in total salary according to OverTheCap.com, behind multiple backups, including Andy Dalton (Cowboys), Case Keenum (Browns), A.J. McCarron (Texans), Taysom Hill (Saints), Tyrod Taylor (Chargers), Marcus Mariota (Raiders) and Jacoby Brissett (Colts).

Setting a price tag for Jackson, 24, could be an intriguing piece of contract talks. The 2019 league MVP might make an argument to be among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Ravens’ playoff failures loom over discussions.

Patrick Mahomes signed a 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million in 2020 with the Kansas City Chiefs and has the team in a second Super Bowl. Dak Prescott of the Cowboys was franchised in 2020 and will be a free agent in March.

Dallas was unable to complete a contract extension of Prescott’s rookie deal last year and talks are expected to be renewed soon, but the uncertainty around the projected NFL salary cap is a major consideration in all long-term deals, DeCosta said Monday.

If the Ravens and Jackson can’t come to an agreement, he’s still under contract next season for a relatively paltry figure.

In 2021, Jackson is scheduled to carry a base salary of $1.77 million with a cap hit of $3.01 million. That’s the final year of the four-year, $9.47 million rookie deal he signed after the Ravens selected him No. 32 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jackson has appeared in 46 regular-season games with the Ravens and is 30-7 as a starter. He’s thrown for 7,085 yards with 68 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He’s also had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and has 19 touchdowns on the ground.

In the playoffs, he is 1-3 as a starter, and his completion percentage is just 55.9 percent compared to 64 percent in the regular season. He has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions in the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter of an AFC Divisional Round game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

John Harbaugh: ‘Totally certain’ of Lamar Jackson deal

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday said he’s “totally certain” the team will reach a new contract with star quarterback Lamar Jackson.

In his season-ending press conference, Harbaugh said he and general manager Eric DeCosta have discussed the long-term future for Jackson, who is eligible to sign a new contract after playing three seasons in the league.

“Eric and I have talked about that and other contracts, so I’m very confident that Eric and those guys will do a great job,” Harbaugh said. “Absolutely, we want Lamar to sign a long-term deal and be with us. I’m totally certain that’s going to happen. When it happens, that’s the details. That’s what we’ve got to figure out.”

Harbaugh said the 24-year-old Jackson is still working through the effects of the concussion he sustained in the Ravens’ season-ending loss to Buffalo in last week’s AFC divisional playoff game.

Jackson finished the season with 2,757 yards passing to go with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 1,005 yards and seven TDs, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. It’s was his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.

Harbaugh also pledged to keep strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders, whose breach of COVID-19 protocols helped fuel the outbreak on the team. Harbaugh said Saunders apologized to the team after returning from his suspension following the breach.

“I don’t plan on any staff changes unless guys decide they have better opportunities elsewhere,” Harbaugh said.

–Field Level Media

Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

QB Robert Griffin III among four waived by Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens waived quarterback Robert Griffin III along with three other players Monday, while also signing 11 players to reserve/future deals.

Griffin, who spent the past three seasons as a Lamar Jackson’s backup, ended the year on injured reserve and was slated to become a free agent in March.

The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with Washington, went 8-of-14 passing for 42 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He played in four games, including one start — a 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 2 that Jackson missed because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

In three seasons with the Ravens, Griffin was 33-of-58 passing for 288 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions. He also rushed for 139 yards on 32 carries in 14 games, including two starts.

“I just want to say thank you to my teammates, the fans and the Ravens organization,” Griffin said via Twitter. “This season was a trying one with a lot of adversity and there were no better people for the job.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor was drafted second overall by Washington in the 2012 draft. He has thrown for 9,271 yards, 43 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, in addition to rushing for 1,809 and 10 scores during his seven-year career.

The Ravens also waived defensive back Davontae Harris, wide receiver De’Anthony Harris, who opted out of the season, and defensive back Tramon Williams. Harris made 10 tackles in four games, including one start, this season, while Williams made 14 tackles over six games.

Baltimore also signed quarterback Tyler Huntley, linebacker Aaron Adeoye, defensive tackles Aaron Crawford and Braxton Hoyett, receiver Jaylon Moore, long snapper Nick Moore, defensive end Chauncey Rivers, defensive backs Nigel Warrior and Chris Westry, running back Ty’Son Williams and tight end Eli Wolf to reserve/future deals.

The reserve/deal enables a player to work with a team during the offseason.

The most significant name on the list is Huntley, who ended the season as the Ravens’ second-string quarterback. Huntley played in three games, including the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ playoff loss at Buffalo on Saturday after Jackson was injured.

Huntley went 6-of-13 passing for 60 yards and added 32 yards on three carries in the season-ending loss.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (24) runs with the ball for a touchdown after making an interception against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills ride defense past Ravens, advance to AFC championship

Taron Johnson matched the NFL postseason record with a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown as the host Buffalo Bills delivered a 17-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game on a windy Saturday night.

Josh Allen passed for 206 yards and one score. Stefon Diggs caught a touchdown pass, Jerry Hughes recorded two sacks and the Bills’ defense held the Baltimore offense out of the end zone as the franchise qualified for the AFC championship game for the first time since the 1993 season.

Second-seeded Buffalo will play either the Kansas City Chiefs or Cleveland Browns in the AFC title game on Jan. 24. The Chiefs and Browns meet in Kansas City on Sunday.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a concussion on the final play of the third quarter and missed the rest of the contest.

Jackson completed 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards and the costly interception by Johnson, a 2018 fourth-round pick from Weber State. Jackson was bottled up as a runner and had just 34 yards on nine carries.

The fifth-seeded Ravens were in position to tie the score late in the third quarter as Jackson dropped back to pass on third-and-goal from the Bills’ 9-yard line. But he forced a throw toward well-covered Mark Andrews in the middle of the field and Johnson intercepted the pass and raced the length of the field to give Buffalo a 17-3 lead with 41 seconds left in the stanza.

The 101-yard return matched the record set by George Teague of the Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions in an NFC wild-card game on Jan. 8, 1994.

On the Ravens next possession, Jackson was injured after chasing a poor snap by center Patrick Mekari and wildly throwing the ball out of bounds from his own 2-yard line. He landed hard on the turf and smacked his head and was taken to the locker room for evaluation.

Rookie Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson and completed 6 of 13 passes for 60 yards. Huntley threw five regular-season passes after recently being promoted from the practice squad.

The game was tied at halftime before Buffalo opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 66-yard drive to take a 10-3 advantage. The touchdown came with Allen connected with Diggs (eight receptions, 106 yards) from 3 yards out.

Buffalo’s Tyler Bass kicked a 28-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter and Baltimore’s Justin Tucker booted a 34-yarder with four seconds left in the half.

Tucker missed two other field goals. His 41-yarder in the first quarter clanked off the left upright and his 46-yard attempt in the second quarter caromed off the right upright. Bass was wide right on a 43-yard attempt in the second quarter.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) pursues during the first half of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Jackson injured, will not return vs. Bills

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson departed Saturday night’s playoff game against the Buffalo Bills and will not return.

Jackson was hurt on the final play of the third quarter with Baltimore trailing 17-3. The Ravens said Jackson was in the concussion protocol and ruled him out for the rest of the game.

Jackson completed 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards and one interception and rushed for 34 yards on nine carries. His interception was returned 101 yards for a touchdown by Taron Johnson in the third quarter.

Jackson was injured after chasing a poor snap by center Patrick Mekari and wildly throwing the ball out of bounds from his own 2-yard line. He landed hard on the turf and needed help from the training staff and was taken to the locker room for evaluation.

Rookie Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson. Huntley threw five regular-season passes.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) and his teammates stomp on the Titans logo after Peters intercepted the ball to seal their victory over Tennessee in Nashville. Mandatory Credit: George Walker/The Tennessean via USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ravens CB Marcus Peters fined $15K for taunting

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was fined $15,000 for taunting the Tennessee Titans after his game-clinching interception last Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Peters was fined for “physical actions directed at the Tennessee bench.”

After intercepting Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill to preserve Baltimore’s 20-13 victory in the AFC wild-card round, Peters went into celebratory mode and he and more than a dozen of his teammates went to Tennessee’s midfield logo and stomped on it. Peters then placed the ball on the logo and screamed at the Titans’ bench.

According to the NFL Network, Peters was the only Baltimore player fined.

The fine is the second in recent weeks for Peters. The three-time Pro Bowl selection was docked $12,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct last month for spitting in the direction of Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry.

Landry called Peters a “coward” after learning of the incident.

The Ravens visit the Buffalo Bills on Saturday in the divisional playoffs. Peters’ last visit to Buffalo was also costly.

After Baltimore recorded a 24-17 victory in December of 2019, Peters jumped into stands and drank a fan’s beer. The NFL later fined him $14,037 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Peters, 28, had four interceptions in the regular season and has 31 in 91 career games with the Kansas City Chiefs (2015-17), Los Angeles Rams (2018-19) and Ravens (2019-20).

–Field Level Media