Ravens sign first-round pick Breshad Perriman

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Two weeks before Memorial Day, the Ravens have signed all of their selections from the 2015 draft with first-round wide receiver Breshad Perriman agreeing to terms on Monday.
The 26th overall pick was the last of Baltimore’s nine draft picks to sign, agreeing to a four-year, $8.7 million contract that includes a fifth-year team option. The deal includes a $4.59 million signing bonus, according to the NFL’s slotting system for draft picks.
The memories of rookie draft picks holding out well into training camp continue to fade as the current collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011 eliminated the drama that once existed in signing early-round picks. All nine draft picks participated in the Ravens’ rookie minicamp in Owings Mills last weekend.
The 6-foot-2 Perriman is expected to start opposite veteran receiver Steve Smith this season.

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  1. Will there be a story about how the Ravens over the last few years were one of the largest recipients of the 14 NFL teams that received taxpayer dollars to do on-field patriotic “thanks” to our heroic members of the military, some of whom were injured? It’s a major national story and very unseemly. Or is this just the PR arm for Bisciotti and Dick Cass?
    Thanks
    (L.J. — Considering I was critical of the way the Ravens handled the Ray Rice saga on multiple occasions, I take exception to the suggestion of being a “PR arm” as you try to say. Yes, I wrote about this, and I think it’s a bit more complicated than you make it out to be with Armed Forces clearly wanting to advertise and recruit soldiers in NFL fan bases and spending millions of dollars to do so. Should teams simply tell them no — limiting the military’s potential reach in the process — or should they allow them to advertise as much as they want for free? Even if teams don’t include on-field tributes and ceremonies in the deal — as the Ravens claimed on Monday — many still won’t view them as authentic anyway, so they can’t win in that regard. That being said, it’s obvious that these types of deals blur the line between business and goodwill and can open up the parties to fair scrutiny and criticism depending on how you want to look at it.)

  2. “Should teams simply tell them no…”
    Well, since a majority of the franchises DO NOT accept DOD taxpayer dollars under this program, yes. They should not have accepted these funds. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
    I haven’t been to a lot of stadiums, but I know the team 40 miles down the road showcases the heck out of the military and veterans during games (it was almost non-stop from my recollection when the Ravens played there in 2012) and did not accept funds under this program. And the Ravens were just one of two teams in the NFL to accept taxpayer dollars to promote Obamacare, something tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Ravens fans find repulsive.
    (L.J. — I respect your opinion and agree that teams should not accept money for honoring the military in ceremonies like you mention. But does that mean they should give them as much free advertising as they want in the form of practice jersey patches, website banner ads and stadium ads, etc. if they’re seeking real marketing that goes far beyond on-field ceremonies? Where do you eventually draw the line? That’s where the issue becomes cloudier for me.)

  3. Luke,
    I really respect the work you do. I know you can’t comment but since the changes from last year you’re the only person at your station that creates content or offers opinions that are of value. Everyone I know stopped following the station. It just seems that the station is run by a clown unable to ever remove his purple glasses and hatred for the Orioles.
    To your point, I just believe that there is a space to accommodate a middle ground of providing free promotional efforts for the military that doesn’t require seeming very classless as the team does in this case. And a majority of franchises in the NFL are seemingly operating in that space.
    Semper Fi

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