Ravens: Marshal Yanda restructures $32 million deal
OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have restructured Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda's five-year, $32 million contract, reducing his salary-cap figure for this year by $2.8 million.
That helped the Ravens to strike a two-year, $7 million contract for wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones, a three-year contract extension for strong safety Bernard Pollard and a one-year, $1.214 million deal for defensive lineman Ryan McBean.
Following the Yanda restructure and the deal for McBean and not including the contracts for Jones and Pollard, the Ravens' new salary-cap figure is $3.529 million. Suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy, McBean will lose three game checks and is due to make $1 million this fall. A gritty blocker regarded as the Ravens' top offensive lineman, Yanda was originally due a cap figure of $6.5 million for 2012. It's now down to $3.65 million. Yanda's base salary of $4.5 million dropped to the veteran minimum of $700,000, but he didn't lose any money. The Ravens gave Yanda a $3.8 million signing bonus, which is now prorated over the remaining four years of the deal. Yanda's remaining base salaries: 2013 ($4.5 million), 2014 ($5.5 million) and 2015 ($5.5 million). And his salary-cap figures are now up to: 2013 ($7.45 million), 2014 ($8.45 million) and 2015 ($8.45 million). The Ravens finalized the restructure for Yanda on Monday. =.
Only a partial tear for Suggs
For Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, the worse-case scenario isn't his reality. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year only partially tore his Achilles tendon, a prognosis confirmed during his successful surgery to repair the damage.
So, Suggs could possibly return in four to six months instead of being lost for the entire season if he had fully torn his Achilles. Suggs had hinted at the partial tear Tuesday night after the surgery performed by Carolina Panthers team doctor and noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson, telling the Times the procedure was, "sweet, marvelous."
Suggs would likely begin training camp and the regular season on the physically unable to perform list.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome issued a statement about Suggs shortly after the surgery. "Terrell had a successful surgical procedure done on his Achilles tendon this afternoon by Dr. Bob Anderson," Newsome said. "After some recovery time, ‘Sizzle' will begin the process of rehabbing the area. We know he will work hard to get back on the field with his teammates as soon as the doctors and trainers allow. We're confident that he can make a full recovery." What's still unclear is how long it would take Suggs to regain his trademark form as one of the most feared pass rushers in the game.
"Absolutely, middle to end of October," Suggs wrote in a text message to the Times following his injury. "Definitely beginning of November. I love how you guys are saying out for the season, just gonna make my comeback that much bigger." The top candidate to replace Suggs is second-round rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, an All-American pass rusher from Alabama. The Ravens' all-time leader with 82½ sacks and 29 forced fumbles, Suggs recorded a career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season. A 6-foot-2, 272-pounder who had 9½ sacks last season for the Crimson Tide, Upshaw would line up at Suggs' rush linebacker spot with Paul Kruger expected to take over Jarret Johnson's vacated strongside linebacker spot.
"I already knew I would be competing for a starting job and contributing to this defense," said Upshaw, who was drafted 35th overall by the Ravens after they traded out of the first round. "I don't look at it like there's more pressure on me. I'm going to play the same way I always have. I'll play wherever they want and need me to line up. Nothing changes for me."
NOTES: The Ravens agreed to a four-year, $2.58 million contract with University of Delaware All-American center Gino Gradkowski that includes a $484,000 signing bonus.
The fourth-round draft pick is scheduled to sign the deal before the Ravens' rookie minicamp this week.
Gradkowski is expected to be groomed behind six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk as the Ravens' center of the future. ...
The Ravens agreed to a four-year contract with seventh-round rookie defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson.
Tyson will sign the contract upon reporting for minicamp Thursday.
Under the NFL slotting principle, his contract is valued at roughly $2.147 million with a signing bonus of nearly $47,600. ... Fifth-round rookie cornerback Asa Jackson's four-year contract is worth $2.24 million and includes a $144,560 signing bonus. ... Defensive lineman Ryan McBean's one-year deal is worth $1.214 million and includes no signing bonus.
Suspended for the first three games without pay for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, McBean is due to make $1 million after his NFL punishment is over.
Ravens: Jacoby Jones: 'I got a new breath of fresh air'
Newly-minted Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones can't wait to hit the field.
Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract, Jones wants to justify the Ravens' investment and contribute immediately on special teams and compete for the third wide receiver job.
"I got a new breath of fresh air," Jones told the Times in a telephone interview. "It's a great opportunity. Everything happens for a reason. I'm here, I'm a Raven now."
A former third-round draft pick, Jones was cut by the Houston Texans after they drafted receivers DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin.
Jones fumbled twice during the Ravens' AFC divisional playoff win over the Texans with one miscue leading to a Baltimore touchdown. "Houston is a great organization, they gave me a chance," Jones said. "Things happened. It's a business. What happened is in the past." The Ravens had been looking for an experienced returner since last season, meeting with San Francisco 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. during free agency. He decided to stay with the 49ers, though.
Jones has averaged 10.2 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He has a career 23.3 yard average on kickoff returns with one score. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder averaged 10.6 yards per punt return with a 79-yard touchdown. He didn't return kickoffs last year. "As a returner, it's not about what I do," Jones said. "It's the way I play, catch me if you can. If not, I'm gone. Other than that, I'm working to become a top receiver in the NFL."
The Ravens have two established starting wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, but need a third receiver.
Jones is slated to compete for the third receiver job with Tandon Doss, Reed, LaQuan Williams and rookie Tommy Streeter.
The former Lane College standout caught 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns last season. For his career, Jones has 127 receptions for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"I got to come in and work like everybody else," Jones said. "Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are great athletes. Like they say, iron sharpens iron. I want to come in and be a team player. That's what I am. I'm going to work hard and be dedicated and get jewelry, a Super Bowl ring." Jones visited the Carolina Panthers before meeting with the Ravens earlier this week.
Now, he joins a pair of former Texans teammates in fullback Vonta Leach and strong safety Bernard Pollard with the defending AFC North champions. "Vonta and Bernard called me when they found out I was visiting and Vonta said, 'We need you, that's it,' and hung up the phone," Jones said. "As soon as I walked in the door, the vibe in the whole building is one unit. The first person I saw was Bernard and then coach John Harbaugh. I'm glad to be in the black and purple."
Ravens: Ravens agree to terms with DeAngelo Tyson By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a four-year contract with seventh-round rookie defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson. Tyson will sign the contract upon reporting for minicamp Thursday.
Under the NFL slotting principle, his contract is valued at roughly $2.147 million with a signing bonus of nearly $47,600.
Tyson is a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder from the University of Georgia. Drafted 236th overall, he has run the 40-yard dash in 5.05 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times.
A former freshman all-conference selection, Tyson finished his career with 79 tackles, three sacks, 8 1/2 tackles for losses, one forced fumble, one pass deflection and 23 quarterback pressures. Last season, he finished with 20 tackles and 11 quarterback pressures and won the coaches' leadership award for the defense.
Ravens: Ravens agree to terms with Gino Gradkowski By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a four-year contract with University of Delaware All-American center Gino Gradkowski. He'll sign the deal before the Ravens' rookie minicamp this week. Gradkowski is expected to be groomed behind six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk. "I had a great feel, I feel like I fit that mentality well," Gradkowski said during the NFL draft. "I'm elated right now because Baltimore plays football the way it's meant to be played. And that just excites me. It's a perfect spot for me.
"Come in and maybe play guard my first year and eventually take over at center. That's what I was looking to do, get in behind a veteran like Matt Birk. I'm really excited to meet him and pick his brain about football. It's a perfect scenario, and I jut couldn't be happier.
The younger brother of NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder visited the Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pittsburgh native conducted private workouts for the Ravens, Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I definitely take pride in being athletic," Gradkowski said. "I played basketball in high school. That's where I got my athleticism from. I'm good in space at blocking the secondary guys. I take a lot of pride in my ability to understand offenses and defenses. Mentally-wise, I bring a lot to the table."
"It's good that I played all three inside positions at Delaware. My versatility, bouncing around the inside, obviously helps. Anybody that goes to the NFL wants to be a starter. That's my goal. If I need to be that swing man as a backup my first year, that's fine. I want to compete for a starting job."
Gradkowski said he tries to emulate veteran NFL centers like Birk and Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday.
"I'm just a hard-nosed guy, a hard worker," Gradkowski said. "I played at Delaware and we did a lot of pulling and stuff like that. So, I feel good in space and I feel like athleticism is one of my strong points. So, definitely versatility is also is my strong point."