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Flacco's expiring contract not an issue

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Flacco's expiring contract not an issue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) When Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome walks through the locker room past Joe Flacco, other players start up a chant: ``Pay the man, pay the man.''

No worries: Flacco will be getting paid.

The question is, by which team?

Yet Flacco's expiring contract doesn't seem to concern anyone with the Ravens, including the quarterback himself.

Flacco practically shrugged Thursday when asked about potentially being a free agent after the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

``It's real simple,'' said Flacco, who made $6.76 million this year in the final season of his rookie contract. ``We didn't agree on a number and I didn't really care to discuss it any further once it got to that point. Bottom line is I'm not the guy going up into their offices and negotiating with them every day anyways. It was really never a concern of mine and I never really thought about it. Even in the offseason, when you think about it a little bit, they are really all good thoughts.

``It's a good problem to have and to be talking about.''

The guy talking about it with Ravens management is agent Joe Linta. He and Newsome recently had brief discussions about a new deal, but nothing was done.

``The onus is on them to make a move after this week,'' said Linta, who recognizes that the Ravens could slap the franchise tag on Flacco for 2013 at a cost of about $14.6 million. ``I would guess they want to keep him. He's 28, in the prime of his football life, has never missed a game. His resume on the table is outstanding and his future is even brighter.''

If that resume includes a Super Bowl win, Flacco might cost the Ravens in the $20 million per year range that Tom Brady and the Mannings are at. Flacco, a first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Delaware, already is the only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He passed Eli Manning for most road victories in the postseason when Baltimore won the AFC championship at New England.

Coach John Harbaugh says the uncertain contract status for the only quarterback to win six road playoff games ``has been amazingly unchallenging.''

``I think that's a credit to Joe first of all. Joe doesn't worry about that stuff,'' Harbaugh said. ``It's not something that matters to him. He's not a guy that's all wrapped up in that. I think he feels that it's going to work out; you do all your talking on the field. It's about football.

``He figured that he'll go out there and take care of business this year, lead the team, play as well as he could play and see what happens.''

What has happened thus far is a rarity: a Super Bowl quarterback possibly (although unlikely) on the open market.

One guy who won't be around if Flacco returns next season is star linebacker Ray Lewis, who will retire after the Super Bowl. But Lewis echoes his teammates' belief that Flacco isn't going anywhere.

``Joe is going to be the quarterback in Baltimore for a long, long time,'' Lewis said. ``He's proven it, he's earned it. I think he has the ability to be not just a great talent, but an awesome leader, too.

``Ozzie will do the right thing.''

And if Newsome needs any reminding, hearing those chants in the locker room will do the job.

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Ravens 2016 Preseason Schedule: Week 3 vs. Lions date, time, TV channel, live stream

Ravens 2016 Preseason Schedule: Week 3 vs. Lions date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Ravens 2016 preseason schedule rolls on with a Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions.

With just three weeks until the start of the 2016 NFL reuglar season, the Ravens look to figure out their 53-man roster and get their injured players back to 100-percent.

Here is everything you need to know about the Ravens' Week 3 preseason game against the Lions.

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Who: Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens

What: Week 3 of the 2016 NFL Preseason

Where: M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, Md.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET. Saturday, August 27

TV Channel: CSNMA+ (Channel Finder

Live Stream: NFL.com Game Pass

Radio: Ravens Radio Network (Frequency Finder)

 

Baltimore Ravens 2016 Preseason Schedule

Week 1 (Thurs., 8/11): vs. Carolina Panthers (22-19 W)

Week 2 (Sat., 8/20): at Indianapolis Colts (19-18 W)

Week 3 (Sat., 8/27): vs. Detroit Lions

Week 4 (Thurs., 9/1): at New Orleans Saints

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Breshad Perriman is still as fast as ever and believes he'll be ready for Week 1

Breshad Perriman is still as fast as ever and believes he'll be ready for Week 1

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman believes he will be on the field Week 1, and is approaching his return to practice that way.

The former first-round pick also said he was as fast as he ever, despite the two knee injuries that have kept him from playing a game since the Ravens made him a first-round draft pick in 2015.

“I’m attacking it now like I will be ready (Week 1) and I think I will,” Perriman said a day after being activated off the PUP list.

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Perriman did admit that he needed to improve his on-field chemistry with starting quarterback Joe Flacco. The Ravens only have two preaseason games remaining — Saturday against the Lions, and Sept. 1 against the Saints.

“Probably have some work to do,” Perriman said. “Haven’t been out there with Joe for a minute. It shouldn’t take that long. I feel like we’ll get it done.’”

Smiling after practice, and talking confidently about his future, Perriman looked like a person who believed his serious injuries were behind him.

When Perriman partially tore his ACL two months ago, there was concern he may have suffered another season-ending injury. Instead, Perriman escaped surgery, and has believed ever since that he would be back on the field this season.  

“It was scary, but at the same time (I) kept faith,” said Perriman.

Perriman has a new look this year, cutting off his dreadlocks earlier this summer.

“I don’t know why, Perriman said. “I just woke up and decided to do it.”

Perriman said there were pros and cons to shedding so much hair.

“It gets cold sometimes,” Perriman said. “I cut it, I weighed myself, and I lost three or four pounds.”

Now Perriman wants to shed the label of being injury-prone.

“Great seeing Breshad out there,” said Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro. “He’s worked so hard. Behind the scenes, nobody sees the work he puts in, he’s such a quiet and humble guy. But he’s in here working out all the time, just trying to get right.”

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Terrell Suggs jokes 'Who's the new guy?' when Breshad Perriman returns to Ravens practice

Terrell Suggs jokes 'Who's the new guy?' when Breshad Perriman returns to Ravens practice

OWINGS MILLS – Upon seeing wide receiver Breshad Perriman on the practice field Tuesday morning, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs couldn’t resist.

“Who’s the new guy?” Suggs said loudly as he walked past Perriman. “Can he play?”

The Ravens certainly think Perriman can play, and hope that he will be playing soon. Seeing Perriman on the field Tuesday was a welcome sight for the organization after his two serious knee injuries, but the timetable for his first game action remained uncertain.

Perriman was running smoothly and being put through drills by wide receiver coach Bobby Engram during the early portion of practice that the media was allowed to watch.

The Ravens have two preseason games remaining – at home Saturday against the Lions, and Sept. 1 at New Orleans. The Ravens’ regular-season opener is Sept. 11 against the Bills.

That doesn’t give Perriman much time to be ready for game reps Week 1.  But the more practice time he can get without setbacks, the closer he comes to taking the field for the first time since being drafted in 2015.

Don’t expect Suggs to stop giving Perriman grief. But just like the rest of his teammates, Suggs was glad to see Perriman on the field, not in the training room.

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