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The Ravens invested in their special teams by locking up Sam Koch. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens:  The Ravens have locked up their punter, Sam Koch, with a five year extension.  The veteran field position expert has been a solid punter in the NFL and should help the Ravens keep one of the better special teams units in the league.  Few head coaches appreciate the value of special teams like John Harbaugh who made his name coaching kicking and covering teams.

Chicago Bears:  Former defensive lineman, Ray McDonald, has been formally charged with multiple offenses in regards to his most recent domestic assault case.  The Bears released McDonald shortly after this case came to light in May.  Whether found guilty or not, it is unlikely he’ll ever find employment in the NFL again.

Green Bay Packers:  The Packers started off the 4th of July weekend with some bad news.  Starting tight end Andrew Quarless has been arrested in Miami after discharging a firearm in public.  To make matters worse, the incident occurred as part of an argument with several women outside of a club.

Kansas City Chiefs:  The Chiefs signed Supplemental Draft entrant, Kevin Short, after he was not selected by any team.  Short is a defensive back from Kansas, though he never played a single snap before leaving the team for “personal reasons” prior to the 2014 season.  To be clear, there was no reason provided by the school or player as to why he left.  He was not dismissed, arrested, suspended, or forced out due to academics.  John Dorsey has made it a habit of making late secondary additions to the roster, as well as leaving no stone unturned.  Short seems to fit that pretty well.

Minnesota Vikings:  Ravens cornerback, Josh Robinson, has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and will be out for an undetermined amount of time.  No word on whether this injury was suffered while trying to pull his foot out of his mouth after making discriminatory remarks towards gay marriage.

Oakland Raiders:  Oakland legend, Ken Stabler, has passed away.  The former quarterback was a superstar in the Bay Area when he was leading the Raiders in the 70s.  He was also well-known for his hard living off of the field.  Perhaps more than anyone else, Ken Stabler personified what it meant to be a Raider.

  • Chiefs’ take: Stabler was one of those players that Chiefs fans loved to hate.  The kind of guy that was respected while also absolutely despised.  Condolences for his family, respect to his legacy, and undying hatred towards his team.

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