Suggs, Ngata, Upshaw, Webb, Art Jones, McPhee, C. Graham, Jimmy Smith, Canty, C. Brown, and youngsters = Tyson/Hall (DTs), O. Brown/C. Thompson (Safetys), McClellan/Bynes/A. Hamilton/Carr/McAdoo (LBs), plus 12 draft picks and some (as of yet) unknown FA signings.
While I didn't mention McClain (coming off injury), this is still a solid defensive foundation... Bc
Suggs should hopefully be at full health and know they are looking to him to set the tone. I expect him to come into camp in shape and ready to go beast mode.
Upshaw should come in also in better shape. As I recall he was a little soft early on till he got his playing legs under him.
Ngata will benefit from having Canty on the line with him. I think people underestimate this. Canty is a good player himself but he also helps Ngata.
Adding Canty should also occupy blockers making it more likely they can get maximum productivity out of whoever they bring in at ILB be it vet or rookies.
We obviously need OLB depth but the foundations for a good unit are there.
Safety needs to be addressed but there are still viable FA options out there and its a deep draft class at the position
Its not all doom and gloom as some predict. I think they will get increased production out of some areas and decreased in other areas while they gell and learn.
The Ravens have to rebuild the defense and the roster to have a shot of repeating or improving on the last five years. Our guys got a ring and most of them will get good coin elsewhere. I am very interested to see what happens next, but also am more confident than ever that the team knows what they should do.
Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin)
TJ Barnes (Georgia Tech)
Kwame Geathers (Georgia)
I wouldn't say that the roster needs rebuilding. We just need to bring in some new pieces to certain posistions like ILB and safety.
Rebuilding is for teams without a QB and severally lacking in talent that just went 4-12 or something.
People need to understand the cap ramifications when you start consider trading guys like Suggs.
It's not happening.
Captain Silver, The Voice of Reason...
Why,oh why did I think I would never be typing those two phrases in the same sentence without a :261695: right behind.
(JK. Nice work, Cap.)