Instead of introducing John Brown and Ryan Grant to Baltimore on Friday afternoon, general manager Ozzie Newsome only had one of the wide receivers next to him.
Newsome explained what happened to Grant's nullified deal and made two things clear. 19659002] 1) It was a medical decision only.
2) He did not change his mind when he wanted to sign with Grant.
Grant took the Ravens physical on Wednesday night, but the results did not return until 4 pm Thursday. It was then that Newsome discovered that Grant had not pbaded the Baltimore physical due to an ankle injury.
Newsome said he had a consultation with Ravens doctors and other doctors across the country to badyze the results.
The Ravens knew Grant had an ankle injury at the end of last season before they agreed in principle to reach an agreement. They did not think that would stop him from signing since he pbaded the Washington Redskins postseason physical, but they had no way to verify it before accepting the terms.
The requirements of each team to pbad a physical examination are different, and the Ravens' doctors failed Grant because of the ankle when the Redskins did not.
"That's not a football decision," Newsome said. "That is a medical situation over which I have no control."
Is the Ravens' medical level for players too high?
"Over the years, having had [Head Athletic Trainers] Bill Tessendorf and Mark [Smith] who were both coaches when I was a player, I thought we had been very fair," Newsome said. "And I felt we were more on the side of the players when it comes to physical exams, because they have a great history of being around these players, I just trust those guys."
There were questions from some members of the media and fans about the timing of the whole situation. Free-agent wide receiver Michael Crabtree officially arrived on the market Thursday, before Grant's physicist arrived in Newsome, and visited the team's facilities on Friday morning.
But Newsome made it clear that Baltimore wanted Grant and Crabtree. There was no buyer's remorse.
"If we had hired Ryan, we would have chased Michael Crabtree," Newsome said, adding that Coach John Harbaugh, Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Open Receivers Coach Bobby Engram evaluated Grant.
"We felt there was a role [for Grant] It would have been interesting if we were sitting here in a year or two years and those same people who had scrutinized us for doing it, what they would have been thinking about. in some place ".
According to reports, the Ravens agreed to a four-year contract worth $ 29 million, which was seen outside the Under Armor Performance Center as a high price for a player whose most important season was 45 catches. for 573 yards and four touchdowns last year. Newsome said the scrutiny of the deal played no role in his failure.
"I'm not caught in that," he said. "I could talk a chapter and a verse about people who scrutinize our dealings, they even discuss our dealings with our quarterback, but he won a Super Bowl for us."