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No one said it would be easy being the champs. The Ravens are dealing with the harsh reality that comes with winning it all: a free agency purge like no other year.
Four starters (Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Ed Reed) were lost to free agency. One starter (Bernard Pollard) was released and a future Hall of Famer (Ray Lewis) was lost to retirement.
The Ravens have added two defenders – Chris Canty and Marcus Spears – in that time, but will still have some holes to fill in free agency.
With help from our friends at Stats Inc., here is the list for the most defensive starters on a Super Bowl winning team to not play for the franchise the following season.
|2007||New York Giants||5|
|1984||San Francisco 49ers||3|
Need another reason to be jealous of Russell Wilson? Sure you do. The Seahawks superstar quarterback has joined Chipotle’s not-so-secret society of receiving free burritos for life. Let me repeat. Free burritos from Chipotle. For life. Keep Reading…
We love the NFL here at Laces Out, but even we can’t get everything. Why don’t you sit back, kick your feet up and take a peek at what the World Wide Web has to offer on this day.
Links of the day
Shahid Khad opens up about the lessons he learned in his first year owning the Jaguars. Mainly that with great mustache comes great responsibility. [Forbes]
Warren Sapp’s Florida mansion has a pretty sick waterslide. It’s such a shock that he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2012. [USAT]
The Bears could run some read-option in 2013. Jay Cutler probably can’t wait to see how his swiss cheese offensive line handles this. [NFLN]
Looks like Rex Ryan will start handling defensive play-calling. That’s lovely. In related news, the Jets’ offense is still god-awful. [PFT]
Broncos players Champ Bailey and Von Miller took time to visit troops in Afghanistan. No reason to add snark here. We’re not jerks. [Denver Post]
Well, some NFL players (mainly running backs) are ticked off about the new safety rule and are voicing their comments. Here’s a preview: Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!! [NFLN]
Pete Carroll says Tim Leiweke’s departure from AEG is a setback for NFL in Los Angeles. People in the City of Angels still don’t seem to care. [LA Times]
Hey, remember when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning? That was awesome … let’s reminisce. [Broncos]
Tweets of the day
Adios, Tuck Rule.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 20, 2013
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 20, 2013
Instagram of the day
Arian Foster might be off Twitter, but he posted this picture with teammate Chris Ogbonnaya on his Instagram account @arianfoster.
Video of the day
Who doesn’t love some Julio Jones highlights? Well, unless your team is in the NFC South.
1958 – Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (49ers)
1970 – Ralph Dawkins, NFL running back (Saints)
1970 – Ron George, NFL linebacker (Falcons)
On this day
2012: Superstar quarterback Peyton Manning agrees to a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
Jacoby Jones emerged on the national scene in Super Bowl XLVII when he returned a kick for a TD in the Ravens win over the 49ers. What happened next would define the next few months of his life. Jones’ touchdown dance caught the eyes of several producers and he debuted on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on Monday night.
Jones didn’t blow the judges away with his Cha Cha Cha moves, but he was able to survive and advance into the next round.
Jones talks about his postseason knee surgery, and the obstacles he’s had to overcome since the operation. His partner, Karina Smirnoff, was even so gracious enough to include the Ray Lewis dance around the 2:45 mark.
It’s about to get pretty chilly if you’re a Vikings fan.
The Vikings will play their final season at the Metrodome in 2013. What’s next? Well, hope you’re warm. The Vikings will make the move to TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, for 2014 and 2015 seasons as their new stadium gets built. It’s likely that the new stadium will be ready by the 2016 season.
The NFL approved a $200 million loan to help the Vikings’ stadium financing plan on Monday at the owners meetings in Phoenix.
You may recall that the Vikings hosted the Bears in 2010 at TCF Bank after the roof collapsed at the Metrodome.
Those were some pretty frigid conditions in late December, and it’s likely that MVP Adrian Peterson will have to deal with these conditions in a couple of seasons.
Let’s just say, we don’t think he’ll have a problem making the adjustment.