Steve Smith: Brandon Marshall a ‘good fit’ for Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are short a veteran presence outside the numbers, but their second-leading receiver from 2016 knows who can fill his shoes.

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Retired receiver Steve Smith, now spending his days dropping glorious one-liners during NFL Network’s combine coverage, mused Friday on Baltimore’s shoddy receiver depth, suggesting that impending free agent Brandon Marshall jersey should be a target for the team.

“I think (Marshall) would be a good fit,” Smith told the Ravens’ website. “Actually, me and B. Marshall talked last week and he kind of gave me a heads up on some things.

“I think he would be a great fit because he’s a playmaker. At the end of the day, you need playmakers. You need a lot of horses in the stable and you can never have too many playmakers on cheap nfl jerseys one team or one side of the ball.”

Set to be released by Jets this week, Marshall has made it clear that his next destination will have to be in contention for a Super Bowl. Baltimore was one Antonio Brown touchdown away from winning the AFC North last season and should be more than competitive in the division again.

Marshall might also be intrigued by the leadership of John Harbaugh jersey and the veteran presence of Joe Flacco, a consistent, if not elite quarterback.

Baltimore made a splash by luring former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson away from two suitors — the Jets and Browns — who offered significantly more cash.


The Ravens then added versatile running back Danny Woodhead before re-signing their own big piece of the puzzle, mammoth nose tackle Brandon Williams, to a five-year, $54 million contract. When that deal went down, the defensive lineman loomed as the top free-agent prize remaining on the open market.

Jefferson’s story says plenty about the Ravens. Instead of cashing in with a rebuilding club, he took less coin to play for an ultra-consistent organization run by Newsome and coach John Harbaugh and stocked with accomplished veterans like fellow safety Eric Weddle jersey, who called up Jefferson and lobbied him to sign with the Ravens jersey.

Baltimore could use more help at cornerback and linebacker and Newsome noted the front office is “still looking to do some other things at receiver and maybe offensive line.”

Amid whispers the team is eyeing former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne, Newsome said: “We still have the opportunity in free agency to address (the secondary), and then we’ll be looking forward to the draft.”

NFL Network’s Steve Smith first reported the development.

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Battling a foot injury for the first two months of the season, Dumervil recorded just three sacks in eight games last year. After racking up an impressive 26.5 QB takedowns in his first two years with the Ravens, he managed just nine in 24 games over the past two.

A five-time Pro Bowler averaging nearly 12 sacks per year from 2007 through 2014, Dumervil’s days as a starter are likely over at age 33. If he stays healthy, though, perhaps he can carve out a valuable role as a situational pass rusher along the lines of DeMarcus Ware or Dwight Freeney.

With bookend outside linebacker Terrell Suggs entering his age-35 season, the Ravens will have to address the position in free agency or early in the draft.

Payton: Johnny Manziel, Saints aren’t close to deal

The New Orleans Saints aren’t about to sign Johnny Manziel, but that didn’t stop coach Sean Payton from dishing about his Super Bowl week breakfast with the unemployed quarterback.


“It was good,” Payton said Wednesday during the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix. “We didn’t visit very long, but we did have a chance to visit.”

Payton explained that his curiosity partly stemmed from missing out on the chance to evaluate Manziel in 2012, when the coach was serving his season-long “Bountygate” ban.

“Look, in 2012, that whole draft class is a blur to me because wholesale NFL jerseys I was suspended for a year,” Payton said. “(This) gave me an opportunity to meet him. … We met for breakfast. First time just having a chance to talk to him and really, I’ll leave it at that. That really was just what it was.”

Payton wasn’t kidding. Hours after he spoke with reporters, words leaked that New Orleans was planning to reunite with quarterback Chase Daniel to play behind 38-year-old Drew Brees.

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As for Manziel’s playing future, Payton made it clear that no Saints contract is pending, saying: “I’m sure he’s got a handful of things he’s got to do step-wise to put himself back into a position to sign with a club and play football again.”

Manziel hasn’t played since 2015, when he made six starts for the Browns, the team that made the former Texas A&M star a first-round pick the year before. Even beyond his endless off-the-field issues, Manziel’s game tape reveals a quarterback with plenty of flaws to go along with his unusual talents.

Adrian Peterson left New Orleans without a contract.

The running back met with the Saints this week and left Tuesday night without a deal, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

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The 32-year-old Peterson seems like an ill fit in the Saints’ pass-happy offense. Yet the sides have a mutual interest in pairing. New Orleans is looking for a backup power runner behind Mark Ingram. Peterson is seeking to continue his career chasing a Super Bowl ring.

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“Best-case scenario is he plays behind a quality starter for a year or two, a veteran. New Orleans, Arizona, one of those situations,” Mayock said.

Might the two clubs see things the same way? Both traveled to Lubbock for a private workout with Mahomes earlier this month, and the Saints remarked to Mahomes about china nfl jerseys his impressive progress afterward. As for Mahomes’ workout Friday, Mayock saw both positives and negatives.

“The big-arm throws that most quarterbacks don’t like to make: 20-yard comeback, cover-2, throw in between the corner and the safety — he threw both of those beautifully,” Mayock said. “The deep, outbreaking routes where you really got to drive it, he was outstanding. Now, some of the throws he struggled with, I thought he was more concerned about his new footwork and mechanics and forgot to drive the football jerseys.”

Mahomes was the unquestioned main attraction, as Texas Tech’s other pro-day participants are considered fringe prospects. He went through passing drills only and stood on his combine testing. He met with McAdoo on Thursday.