On Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, and first-year general manager, Eric DeCosta addressed the media from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Here are the key takeaways from the pressers:
- Gus Edwards is the number one running back heading into next year. Coach Harbaugh did not commit to Edwards being the starting running back for the season, however, just heading into it. The depth chart can change, especially if the Ravens draft a new running back in the early rounds of the draft.
- John Harbaugh will not rule out a reunion between the Ravens and Breshad Perriman but thinks it’s best for Perriman to explore all his options and find the best team for him. Harbaugh is proud of how his former player performed in Cleveland and said that the timing was not right for him in Baltimore.
- Coach Harbaugh is still in favor of adding more replay opportunities and more officials to ensure that games are correctly officiated. There have been numerous high profile game situations that have caused the resurfacing of this debate.
- The Baltimore Ravens will not shy away from using the Alliance of American Football (AAF) to find new players. The spring league in its inaugural season has captured the imagination of football fans everywhere. The Baltimore Ravens already know of every player in the AAF according to Harbaugh, and will keep tabs on them.
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- The conversation between the Ravens and C.J. Mosley is ongoing. DeCosta hopes that the Ravens will see Mosley back in the purple and black in 2019, as he is a huge part of the team. DeCosta expects that progress will be made at the combine, as Mosley’s agent will be there to take place in conversations. The Ravens are also open to using the franchise tag if that is determined to be the best course of action.
- DeCosta wants to bring Terrell Suggs back this year. He will have an opportunity to meet with Sugg’s agent in Indianapolis during the NFL Combine. DeCosta still sees value in Suggs as a Raven not only as a player but as a leader.
- Eric DeCosta was noncommittal on what he would do with Jimmy Smith and Eric Weddle. He said that he will talk to their agents this week, but both are under contract, and the Ravens need to be as responsible as possible with the salary cap. Baltimore wants to free up as much money as possible to build the team. DeCosta hinted that the Ravens, who already made several salary cap moves, are not done yet. He said, “I think you’ll see some more moves coming forward.”
- Lamar Jackson is currently in his own offseason program. The Ravens coaches are not allowed to know all the details of what activities players are doing in the offseason, as coach Harbaugh said in his Q&A session. DeCosta alluded that Jackson was working with some people, presumably private throwing coaches.
- On the Flacco trade, DeCosta did not confirm that the Ravens agreed to trade Flacco to the Denver Broncos. He said that no decisions have been made yet, and the Ravens get a lot of calls from a lot of teams.
- DeCosta did not want to talk about Ronnie Stanley much. He said that talks of an extension will come soon.
- Eric DeCosta all but committed to bringing Brandon Carr back in 2019. He expects the veteran who never missed a game in his long NFL career to be a Raven next year.
- DeCosta indicated that he is interested in re-signing John Brown. He said that Brown had a good season with the Ravens, and is an all-around great person. He wants to bring as many good players back to Baltimore as he can, and that seems to include John Brown.
Watch DeCosta’s full press conference: Link