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Former Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has died at the age of 55, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday.

“I’m heartbroken, as is all of Colts Nation,” Irsay tweeted.

A cause of death hasn’t been revealed.

“This is a tough one. I love ‘Goose’ like a brother,” Ravens legend Ray Lewis said in a statement, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.”

Lewis and Siragusa were teammates in Baltimore for multiple years.

Siragusa, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1990, enjoyed 12 campaigns in the NFL. He played for the Colts from 1990-96, appearing in 96 regular-season games. Siragusa then joined the Ravens, where he made 73 appearances from 1997-2001. Siragusa helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XXXV as a starter for one of the greatest defenses in NFL history.

The Pitt product retired following the 2001 campaign with 564 tackles and 22 sacks on his resume across 169 regular-season games.

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community.”

Bisciotti added: “This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens.”

After his playing career, Siragusa became an in-game analyst for Fox Sports from 2003-15.

Rashod Bateman is aiming to make the most of his opportunity as the Baltimore Ravens‘ top wide receiver next season.

“That’s the role that I’ve always wanted to be in,” Bateman said, according to Matt Cohen of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m excited to take that role.”

The Ravens are turning to Bateman as their No. 1 wideout after they dealt Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals and opted not to re-sign Sammy Watkins this offseason. The Minnesota product hauled in 46 receptions for 515 yards and a touchdown in 2021 after missing the first five games of his rookie season due to a groin injury.

Bateman is poised to lead a receiving corps that’ll feature Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Although Bateman is only in his second year, All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews believes he’s ready for the opportunity.

“He’s a guy that’s just gonna get better and better and better,” Andrews said.

For his part, Bateman – along with Proche – will work out with quarterback Lamar Jackson prior to training camp to work on their chemistry. Bateman is hoping to provide leadership to a young receiving group through his work ethic.

“Hopefully I can show that by the way I work, by being the first one here every day,” he said.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson reiterated his intention of remaining with the Baltimore Ravens.

“I expect so,” Jackson told reporters Thursday when asked if he plans to play his entire NFL career in Baltimore, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

The 25-year-old passer said he had conversations with general manager Eric DeCosta about a new contract this week, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.

However, Jackson said he wasn’t sure if he’d report for training camp in July or play in the upcoming season if he doesn’t sign a new deal, per Hensley.

Jackson, who negotiates his contract directly, is expected to become one of the highest-paid players in NFL history when he signs his extension. He added that the record contract the Cleveland Browns gave quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason – a fully guaranteed five-year, $230-million pact – won’t affect his negotiations with Baltimore.

“I’m a man of my own,” he said. “I don’t worry about what those guys did.”

Jackson said last year he’d love to be with Baltimore “forever,” though Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in March that the star signal-caller had yet to engage in extension talks with the team.

The quarterback received criticism in May for not showing up to Baltimore’s organized team activities for the first time in his career.

“I just wanted to stay away and just grind,” Jackson said. “I just wanted to come back in and see how I felt. I feel good. I asked my guys how would they feel if I stayed home, and they were like, ‘That’s cool.'”

The 2019 NFL MVP said he worked out with James Proche and Rashod Bateman in February and isn’t concerned about chemistry with his receivers. He also plans to continue practicing with his receiving corps until training camp begins.

“I know that Lamar and the receivers and tight ends are going to meet in Florida at Florida Atlantic with Willie Taggart, the head coach down there. He’s gonna host them for some throwing. That’s gonna be good,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday.

Jackson, who missed five games due to injury last year, tossed only 16 touchdowns against 13 interceptions across 12 games in 2021. Baltimore traded Marquise Brown, its former No. 1 wide receiver, to the Arizona Cardinals in April.

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Kyle Fuller, the team announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent the 2021 season with the Denver Broncos after playing his first seven NFL campaigns on the Chicago Bears.

Fuller, a native of Baltimore, started 10 games for Denver last year, though he allowed a passer rating of 119.8 while in coverage, according to Pro Football Reference.

The 2014 first-round pick added two Pro Bowl berths to his resume in 2018 and 2019. He also earned a first-team All-Pro nod in 2018 after leading the NFL with seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups.

Fuller adds depth and experience to a Ravens cornerback corps that lost Anthony Averett and Tavon Young in free agency. Baltimore also drafted corners Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams in the fourth round this year.

The Ravens have an explosive duo of star cornerbacks in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, though both battled injuries in 2021. Humphrey finished the season on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, while Peters didn’t play at all due to a torn ACL.

The Baltimore Ravens and former Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis have agreed to a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday.

Atlanta released Davis last week after one season. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry for 503 yards over 17 games in his lone year with the Falcons. He trailed the more dynamic Cordarrelle Patterson in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns.

Davis joins a Ravens team that struggled with running back depth last season. The club’s top two backs, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, both missed the entire 2021 campaign due to ACL injuries.

Three running backs made starts for Baltimore last year: Devonta Freeman (eight), Latavius Murray (six), and Ty’Son Williams (three). Quarterback Lamar Jackson led the team with 767 rushing yards, while no running back finished with more than 600 yards on the ground.

The Ravens withdrew the exclusive rights tender for Williams on Tuesday, making him a free agent, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Davis, 29, has accumulated 2,034 rushing yards over his seven-year career. His best effort came in 2020 when he put up 1,015 yards from scrimmage with the Carolina Panthers.

The Baltimore Ravens are interested in free-agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, per Grant Gordon of NFL.com.

Landry was cut by the Cleveland Browns in March after four seasons. Days before his release, Cleveland reportedly allowed the five-time Pro Bowler to seek a trade following its acquisition of Amari Cooper.

Baltimore is looking to fill a need within its receiving corps after losing Sammy Watkins to free agency and trading Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals during the draft.

Landry would bolster a Ravens depth chart that includes 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman and first-team All-Pro returner Devin Duvernay.

Landry has received interest from other clubs since hitting the market and visited the New Orleans Saints in April.

Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that a reunion between Landry and the Browns will take place after the club selected wideout David Bell, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The 2014 second-round pick spent the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. Landry was traded to the Browns in 2018, playing there for another four seasons.

Landry is looking to bounce back from career lows in receptions (52), yards (570), and touchdowns (two) after missing five games due to injury last season.

The Baltimore Ravens traded wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a third-round pick (No. 100 overall) in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Arizona Cardinals for the 23rd overall pick.

Brown is coming off his first career 1,000-yard season. He operated as a vertical threat throughout his three campaigns in Baltimore after the team drafted him 25th overall in 2019 with the hopes that he’d develop into an elite playmaker.

The Cardinals will add Brown to a receiving corps featuring DeAndre HopkinsA.J. Green, and Rondale Moore. Hopkins, a perennial Pro Bowler, is coming off an injury-plagued season, while Green and Moore are entering their second campaigns in Arizona. Green recorded 848 yards for the Cardinals last year, while Moore posted 435 yards as a rookie.

Brown’s production gradually grew over his three seasons in Baltimore. He debuted with a 584-yard campaign in 2019, posted 769 yards in 2020, and broke through with 1,008 yards in 2021.

The Oklahoma product will reunite with his college quarterback, Kyler Murray, in Arizona.

“Kyler has wanted ‘Hollywood’ Brown for a couple years, and he’s as happy as I’ve ever seen him,” Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Thursday night on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

Murray has appeared disgruntled with the Cardinals over the offseason but publicly insists that he’s content in Arizona.

The Ravens wound up trading down two spots from No. 23, and they selected center Tyler Linderbaum out of Iowa.

Six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell is re-signing with the Baltimore Ravens on a two-year pact, he confirmed to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson.

The deal is worth $12.5 million in base value but can reach $16.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It should give Campbell a chance to finish his career with the Ravens after spending the last two campaigns with them.

“It just felt like the right move,” Campbell said. “I feel like we started something special, and we have unfinished business there.”

Campbell joined Baltimore through a 2020 trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s posted 77 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 22 quarterback hits with the Ravens.

The 35-year-old broke into the NFL as a second-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. He blossomed into one of the NFL’s most versatile defensive linemen with the Cardinals, for whom he played nine seasons.

Campbell left Arizona for a lucrative contract with the Jaguars in 2017 and helped Jacksonville make a run to the AFC Championship Game. He had a career-best 14.5 sacks for the Jaguars in 2017 and registered 10.5 sacks in 2018.

The Ravens had Michael PierceBroderick Washington, and Justin Madubuike lined up to anchor the defensive interior before bringing back Campbell.

The Baltimore Ravens and free-agent running back Melvin Gordon are discussing a potential deal, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Gordon played the last two seasons for the Denver Broncos. He topped 1,000 scrimmage yards in both campaigns while averaging 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. He joined the Broncos as a free agent in 2020 after spending his first five NFL seasons on the Los Angeles Chargers, where he earned two Pro Bowl berths.

Gordon has been in touch with the Broncos this offseason, but it’s unclear if he’ll return to Mile High. Denver is set to give sophomore Javonte Williams a bigger role this season.

The Ravens have had one of the NFL’s most dominant running games in recent years but face questions at the running back position with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards coming off torn ACLs. Quarterback Lamar Jackson led Baltimore with 767 yards on the ground in 2021.

Although Lamar Jackson has yet to engage with the Ravens in extension talks, the star quarterback made it clear Wednesday that he’s not thinking about leaving the team.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Tuesday that Jackson isn’t ready to sign a new deal even though the club began showing interest in extending him after the 2020 season. The 2019 MVP, who doesn’t have an agent, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He’s set to earn $23 million in base salary.

Bisciotti acknowledged that Deshaun Watson’s new five-year, $230-million deal could impact discussions with Jackson, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec. However, Bisciotti noted what Jackson means to the franchise.

“All I know is that his teammates love him, and the front office loves him,” he said.

Jackson is a likely candidate for the franchise tag next season if he doesn’t sign an extension. The two-time Pro Bowler is aiming to bounce back from a 2021 campaign where he missed time due to an ankle injury.