INDIANAPOLIS — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and standard manager Eric DeCosta answered questions from the NFL blend Wednesday for about 15 minutes apiece. Below are some of the news and notes to appear out of the session…
No indications Marshal Yanda will retire
When the Ravens reconstruct their offense this offseason, they are performing beneath the assumption that 7-time Pro Bowl suitable guard Marshal Yanda will return to the area in 2019.
Yanda, who will switch 35 in September, has overtly aired views of retirement in the earlier and has gone through surgical procedures on his ankle and shoulder around the earlier two a long time. But Harbaugh reported Wednesday that Yanda advised him in January he was preparing to perform in 2019 and has not voiced a opportunity in pondering in the months because.
“I have not listened to that he’s not [coming back],” Harbaugh reported. “So if there’s a scoop out there that tells me if not, I’m all ears. I really don’t want to hear that. Which is negative news I really don’t want to get. My knowing is Marshal Yanda is coming back again and completely ready to roll, and that’s where we remaining it at the end of the year. To my expertise very little has adjusted on that.”
Most industry experts believe that the Ravens can enhance and add depth at center and remaining guard. If Yanda returns, nonetheless, they’ll have one particular accomplished veteran on the interior of the line and two talented young tackles, Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr., in spot on the edge.
Brandon Carr’s return would seem to be most secure bet of three veteran DBs
As the new league yr creeps nearer, the Ravens can generate sizeable wage cap place by releasing three veteran associates of their prime-tier secondary: Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith ($9.5 million in prospective cap price savings) and Brandon Carr ($5 million) and basic safety Eric Weddle ($7.5 million). Baltimore is trying to harmony the goal of preserving toughness and depth in the defensive backfield towards the want to produce extra versatility and get more youthful.
Wednesday, standard manager Eric DeCosta scattered hints that could be smokescreens or genuine indicators of the team’s pondering on the matter. He was open about his want to bring Carr back again but talked all over a problem about Smith and Weddle.
“I would assume him to be back again, sure,” DeCosta reported of Carr, a 32-yr-aged who has begun 176 straight standard-year games. “I really like the way he performs. He’s a fantastic leader. He’s a veteran existence. Plays definitely perfectly for us at various spots, is functional. The guy’s by no means missed a game in his occupation, as significantly as I know. I you should not believe he has. He’s acquired every single good quality that you would want on your workforce.”
As significantly as Weddle and Smith go, DeCosta reported the Ravens are continue to evaluating their options and will expend the week conversing to their agents. It is feasible Baltimore could convince either veteran to get a pay cut that would generate extra wiggle place beneath the wage cap.
“Those fellas are beneath agreement as you know,” DeCosta sid. “We’ve acquired to be as dependable as we can with the wage cap, trying to totally free up as a lot money as we can to make moves relocating ahead. There is a whole lot of various means to pores and skin the cat, so to discuss. I believe we have had a whole lot of various discussions on what is the most effective move for the club relocating ahead with various gamers — veteran gamers, more youthful gamers.”
None of this is to say Weddle or Smith are surely on the way out, but DeCosta did not sound like he was dropping sleep around the chance of slicing either one particular.
Ozzie Newsome sticking all over the blend
DeCosta final month took around the standard manager job from Ozzie Newsome, who had overseen the Ravens staff division because the workforce arrived in Baltimore in 1996. Newsome’s continue to with Baltimore in an unspecified advising role, even though, and he’s in Indianapolis with his previous mentee this week.
“If I have a problem, who improved to inquire than Ozzie Newsome?” DeCosta reported Wednesday. “He and I have a fantastic connection. I’ve viewed every single solitary blend with him for the final 23 a long time, he and I alongside one another, by ourselves, or with a couple other individuals. And we’ll do that once more this yr. So if you want to obtain us, appear up there and you are going to see us up there in the going to coaches’ box, the two of us, watching every single exercise alongside one another. We have been performing that, and hopefully, we can do that for an additional 23 a long time.”