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2017 Ravens Free Agency Rumor Mill

Posted Mar 17, 2017

Get the latest media rumors and reports on who could leave or join the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.

Friday, March 17

Kamar Aiken Visiting Colts, Seahawks
Free agent wide receiver Kamar Aiken is visiting the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, then the Seattle Seahawks Monday, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Aiken has sat on the market for more than a week after notching just 29 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown this season. When given a larger role in 2015, he hauled in 75 receptions for 944 yards and five scores. The slow market for Aiken has left some pundits to wonder whether he could return to Baltimore, though he expressed frustration at season's end.

Monday, March 13

Morris Claiborne Expected To Take Ravens Offer
The Ravens and Morris Claiborne have been linked for days, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that several teams monitoring the free agent cornerback expect him to eventually take Baltimore's offer. Claiborne was the sixth-overall pick in 2012 and very talented, but has struggled to stay on the field. He missed 36 games and played in 32 over the past four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Friday, March 10

Patriots Hosting Lawrence Guy For Visit
The New England Patriots are hosting Ravens defensive lineman Lawrence Guy on a visit, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. There has also reportedly been interest from the Washington Redskins. Guy started 10 games for the Ravens last year, making 28 tackles and one sack.

Thursday, March 9

Baltimore Showing Williams Love; Titans Only Competition?
The Ravens are still very much in the mix to retain defenesive tackle Brandon Williams. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the Ravens are "showing him the love" and says he wouldn't discount the chances of Baltimore keeping him. ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports that the Tennessee Titans have made an offer to Williams and may be the Ravens' only competition.

Ravens Interested In CB Morris Claiborne?
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller says he's been told the Ravens have interest in free agent cornerback Morris Claiborne. The 2012 first-round pick has been a starter for the Dallas Cowboys for the past five seasons but has struggled to stay healthy over that time.

Williams 'Working Diligently' To Keep Him In Baltimore
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that multiple teams want to bring defensive tackle Brandon Williams in for a visit, but Williams and his representatives are "working diligently" on a deal to keep him in Baltimore. There have been rumors that the New York Giants are in the mix.

Torrey Smith Headed To Philadelphia
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Ravens wide receiver will sign a three-year deal for $15 million with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was widely rumored as a potential target for the Ravens after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers Monday. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Smith was leaning toward a Baltimore return on Wednesday.

Could Ravens Sign Torrey And Keep Wallace?
There have been numerous reports about the possibility of the Ravens bringing Torrey Smith back to Baltimore. The assumption within those reports are that Baltimore would not pick up Mike Wallace's second-year option. Not so fast, reports CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. La Canfora says Baltimore could have both players on the roster.

Wednesday, March 8

Brandon Williams To New York Giants?
After fullback Kyle Juszczyk and right tackle Rick Wagner struck big deals elsewhere, The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported that there are a "lot of rumblings about Williams and Giants but not sure a decision has been made." Later in the night, Zrebiec reported the Ravens are "still very much in the mix" for Williams.

Ducasse Headed To Buffalo
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that Ravens guard Vlad Ducasse will sign a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, where he will reunite with former Ravens Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo. Ducasse stepped in as a replacement starter for eight games last season, but wasn't expected to keep that spot in Baltimore in 2017.

Ravens Saving Up For Tony Jefferson?
Baltimore has saved cap space by cutting outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive backs Shareece Wright and Kendrick Lewis. Could those savings be channeled into making a play for free agent safety Tony Jefferson? CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora says the Ravens were interested before free agency opened, but Jefferson's price tag has reportedly risen. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that the Browns have offered Jefferson the “most money by far,” but the Ravens are “in it too.”

Torrey Reunion Looking 'Very, Very Strong'
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that there is a "very, very strong likelihood" of wide receiver Torrey Smith returning to Baltimore.

49ers Also In Play For Juszczyk
The list of teams interested in fullback Kyle Juszczyk continues to expand. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the San Francisco 49ers view Juszczyk as a top priority. The New York Jets are also reportedly very interested.

Wagner Agrees To Terms With Lions
Ravens free agent right tackle Rick Wagner has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal will eclipse $9 million per year, which sets the new standard at right tackle. Per reports, Wagner was drawing significant interest on the open market.

Ravens Ask Pitta To Take Pay Cut
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports that the Ravens have asked tight end Dennis Pitta to take a pay cut in an effort to create more cap space. Pitta took a pay cut last year before returning from his second major hip surgery to lead NFL tight ends in receptions (86). Pitta is scheduled to count $7.7 million against the 2017 salary cap with a base salary of $5.5 million, per Spotrac.

Bills Emerge As Favorite For Juszczyk
The Buffalo Bills have emerged as the "favorite" to land Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Browns were also rumored as interested.

Garcon Finalizes Deal With 49ers For Big Money
Another veteran wideout linked to the Ravens is Pierre Garcon, but he also now appears to be off the market as ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that he has finalized a deal with the San Francisco 49ers that will make him $16 million in the first year.

Marshall Agrees To 2-Year Deal With Giants
Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall was widely speculated to be a potential Ravens target after he was released by the New York Jets last week, but he has now agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Giants, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It allows Marshall to stay in New York, where he also appears on TV.

Between Ravens And Eagles For Torrey?
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora says he would be "pretty surprirsed" if wide receiver Torrey Smith, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers, ended up somewhere other than Baltimore or Philadelphia.

Another Team Interested In Wagner
The Ringer's Michael Lombardi reports that the Buffalo Bills are also among the teams interested in right tackle Rick Wagner, and echoes that he is "about to blow the right tackle market up..."

Browns' Harvard-Influenced Front Office Wants Juszczyk
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cleveland Browns are "very interested" in Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk. The Browns have a couple Harvard graduates leading their front office in Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta, and would like to bring in another alumnus. ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Juszczyk to leave Baltimore.

Tuesday, March 7

Market Heating Up For Wagner
It appears that Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner could cash in in free agency. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said Tuesday on “Good Morning Football” that Wagner is “going to blow the lid off the right tackle market” with a contract of more than $8 million per season. SiriusXM’s Alex Marvez reported that the Chicago Bears are interested in Wagner, and Sports Illustrated's Mike Silver names the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns as an other suitor.

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