He signed a four year deal, so has two years after this remaining. And wasn't it part of the cba that you can't renegotiate the new rookie deals?
Ray Lewis is under contract, but he doesn't come all that cheaply and he's not one of the best at his position anymore. I can see the argument for keeping him, and if he wants to come back the Ravens will probably have him back, but he's not the solution at the position, not at all. They need to address ILB one of these years and they're already a few years too late.
I really don't see a huge problem at CB. Webb should be back at full strength, and Jimmy Smith will surely be given at least another year. They like Chykie Brown, Corey Graham is locked up for a few more years as a solid #3 option, and they just drafted Asa Jackson. I don't see them doing all that much at CB.
No need to get picky...
I know they need to eventually replace both, I'd just like to have to put that off a year and do it next season. I actually thought that last year as I don't think we would have to many holes to fill this draft, funny how that works eh.
I thought Cody would step up and improve again, he hasn't, I thought we'd resign redding, we didn't, I then thought between McPhee and jones they'd do ok, they haven't.
I thought our biggest needs would be ilb, lt and fs this draft only a few months ago, and its hard to hit on a lt picking late. So that left me with truly believing if we someone managed to get a teo and Jefferson or Eric Reid and skov with our first two picks we'd be set on defence and ray and ed could be let go without much worry.
I think we need to rip the band-aid right the hell off.
If we have holes then just fill them with what you got and what you can get...2nd and 3rd tier FAs, UDFAs, and our 11 draft picks.
You waffle on hard decisions then hard times will surely endure.
Safetys aren't hard to get in FA these days, I don't see us going early on a safety unless it's a guy the Ravens really like. I see the early part of the draft being nothing but reloading the front 7. Manti Teo needs to be the first guy on that board, but if he's gone, it has to be either NT or 5 technique DE and there are plenty of them in this draft, second round can be on a CJ Moseley type ILB. I think 3rd round, you need to invest in another Dlineman, who is more of a raw project.
Right now, I'm hoping for this kind of draft for the Ravens.
1st round- Manti Teo(ILB, Notre Dame, 6'2 255 lbs)
Alternative picks: John Jenkins (NT, Georgia, 6'3, 351 lbs), Sheldon Richardson (DT/DE, Missouri, 6'4 295 lbs), Kawann Short (DT, Purdue, 6'3 310 lbs), Louis Nix (DT/NT/DE, Notre Dame, 6'5 324 lbs).
2nd round- Jesse Williams (DT/NT/DE, Alabama, 6'4 320 lbs)
Alternative picks: CJ Moseley (ILB/OLB, Alabama, 6'2 234 lbs), Chase Thomas (ILB/OLB, Stanford, 6'4 245 lbs), Shayne Skov (ILB/OLB, Stanford, 6'3 243 lbs), Alec Ogletree (ILB, Georgia, 6'3 236 lbs), Larry Warford (OG, Kentucky, 6'3 340 lbs), Alex Hurst (OT, LSU, 6'6 340 lbs).
3rd round- Daniel McCullers (NT, Tennesee, 6'8 360 lbs)
Alternative picks: Kwame Geathers (NT, Georgia, 6'6 350 lbs), Kevin Riddick (ILB, North Carolina, 6'3 240 lbs), Michael Mauti (ILB, Penn state, 6'2, 339 lbs), Magnus Hunt (DE/DT, SMU, 6'8 280 lbs), Khaled Holmes (OC, USC, 6'4 305 lbs), Mario Benavides (OC, Louiseville, 6'4 300 lbs), Bacarri Rambo (FS/SS, Georgia, 6'0 218 lbs), Shawn Williams (FS/SS, Georgia, 6'1 217 lbs), Tyrann Mathieu (FS/CB, LSU but suspended for the year, 5'9 175 lbs), Duke Williams (FS/SS, Nevada, 6'1 200 lbs), Travis Howard (CB, Ohio state, 6'1 195 lbs).
Potential big FA signings:
Connor Bawrin (OLB/DE, Houston), Daryl Smith (OLB/ILB, Jacksonville), Cliff Avril (DE, Detroit), Jerome Bushrod (OT, New Orleans), Andy Levitre (OG, Buffalo), Lance Louis (OG, Chicago), Antoine Caldwell (OG, Houston), Sebastian Vollmer (OT, New England), Ryan Lilija (OG, Kansas city), Brandon Moore (OG, New York Jets), Jason Jones (DT/DE, Seattle), Henri Melton (DT/DE, Chicago), Glenn Dorsey (DE/DT, Kansas city), Erin Henderson (ILB/OLB, Minnesota), Anthony Spencer (OLB/DE, Dallas), Kenny Phillips (FS/SS, New York Giants), Jarius Byrd (FS/SS, Buffalo), Patrick Chung (FS/SS, New England), LeRon Landry (SS, New York Jets), Brent Grimes (CB, Atlanta), Michael Jenkins (CB, Dallas), Martellus Bennett (TE, New York Giants), Dwayne Bowe (WR, Kansas city), Greg Jennings (WR, Green Bay Packers), Mike Wallace (WR, Pittsburgh).
Basically I think this offseason is going to be all about the trenches and becoming a physical football team again.
Doestnt look like we will have much cap space so we'll likely have to fill thru the draft mostly and try to find some bargains. With Terrance Knighton no longer a starter in Jacksonville i wonder what his price tag would be like, i think he'd fit our D alot better but i also havent seen them this year so i'm not sure of his current level of play.
I think the biggest question would be who do we axe to get some breathing room, not sure of the cap ramifications but i know Mcclain's cap number is 4.2 mill, Birk's is 3.4 and Boldin's is 7.5...they'd seem like prime candidates imo.
Man Leach, you really nailed the draft!
I think our offseason may be alot like this offseason. We won't make any high profile signings, just minor tweaks. I think the Ravens will concentrate on locking up Joe and seeing who falls through the cracks for cheap. This team has a history of building through the draft. Being that rookie contracts are so cheap, I think that's the smart way to go. I whether take my chances with young guys than overpay for a guy who may not live up to the hype (see Mario Williams or Asomugha). This defense also has so many holes that even one great player couldn't fix our problems.
I also like Gerald Hodges LB out of Penn St...
If you keep both Ed and Ray you start each game with two holes on the field. Both Ed and Ray are a liability to the D. they will be gone - along with Kindle, Kemo, Williams (who will move on in free agency), and maybe Cody. The Ravens offense can be solved with a new OC. The defense needs bodies - and the Ravens 1013 comp picks will help fill that gap.
We nee two dline men, possibly an olb depending on Kruger. We will need at least one ilb, and one cb with Cary going. We will need IMO at least one oline man depending on what way they shuffle it.
If we let go of ed and ray that's another two positions we need to fill. That's a lot of holes.[/QUOTE]
I agree he's a bit of a risky player, but he's the best of a bad crop. Safety is not a strong position in free agency this year. I strongly disagree that safety is not a valuable position in the NFL at this time; rangy athletes who can cover centerfield and also step up into the box and run with tight ends are more important than they've ever been. Kenny Phillips gives you that kind of player.
I think safety is a position they MUST address and they need a very talented player at the position if they want to continue to play the Ravens traditional Cover-1 scheme. If they don't land a talented FA, they will need to work magic to get a good player in the draft. I like Eric Reid, Tony Jefferson, and Kenny Vaccaro, but I don't really see any of those guys as difference makers at free safety. I did like what Kenny Vaccaro did vs. WVU.
Ideally, I would like to see the Ravens looking into the following free agents (assuming they hit free agency):
I'd also like to point out that we aren't 100% on what the cap projection will be, so obviously that will impact any free agent shopping. I don't expect Ozzie to all of a sudden take a page out of Dan Snyder's playbook and sign every big name out there. These are just key guys who I think are reasonable projections (monetarily and logistically) who would sincerely help this team get better.
1. OT Will Svitek, currently with Atlanta. Did a solid job starting in Atlanta in place of Sam Baker last year. At worst, he'd be excellent back up and competition for Oher (or whoever) at LT.
2. OT Ryan Clady, currently with Denver. I'd be surprised if he made it to free agency, but apparently he and Denver aren't seeing eye to eye contractually and John Elway may decide to move on. Clady would be on my short list and he'd be worth it.
3. OG Evan Dietrich-Smith, currently with Green Bay. I think he is one of the more underrated guards in the league. He's no Allen Faneca, but he's a solid player. Probably wouldn't command too much money either.
4. OLB Connor Barwin, currently with Houston. I'm pretty sure every 3-4 defense out there is going to be looking at Barwin. I'm not sure if Ozzie would sign any FA OLB's right now considering they'll probably try to re-sign Kruger, they'll be getting McAdoo back and they, of course, used a 2nd rounder on Upshaw. Still, Barwin is a heck of a player and I don't see Houston being able to keep him, which is why they drafted Mercilus.
5. DT/DE Ricky Jean-Francois, currently with San Fran. Experienced 5-technique DE/DT. Average pass rusher, but decent player against the run. He probably wouldn't cost too much and he'd be an upgrade over Art Jones and would allow McPhee to go back to being a situational pass rusher, which suits him better IMO.
6. DT Henry Melton, currently with Chicago. I'm pretty sure the Bears will re-sign him, but if they don't he may be interesting. He was a DE in college, but bulked up into the 290's and has played well as an interior pass rusher. I'm not sure how he'd fit in a 3-4 scheme, but he does a nice job pushing the pocket and keeping Chicago's linebackers clean.
7. S Chris Clemons, currently with Miami. He's an under the radar type of guy, but he's been a solid starting safety for Miami. At worst, he'd be excellent depth and can play free and strong.
Draft: (I can only hope Baltimore is picking at spot 32, but I do realistically think that picking after 25 is probable)
Round 1 - Manti T'eo is the obvious buzz pick right now and he should be, but I'd be surprised if he lasted into the 20's. I think these guys are much more likely scenarios:
- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (6'8" 310lbs)
- Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee (6'5" 311lbs)
- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (6'5" 330lbs)
- TJ McDonald, FS, USC (6'2" 209lbs)
- Tony Eiffert, TE, Notre Dame(6'6" 259lbs)
Rounds 2-5 - Probably will look at guys like the following:
- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia (6'3" 235lbs)
- Gerald Hodges, ILB, Penn State (6'2" 235lbs)
- Shane Skov, ILB, Stanford (6'3" 250lbs)
- Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford (6'4" 245lbs)
- Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor (6'5" 335lbs)
- Casius Marsh, DE, UCLA (6'4" 295lbs)
- BRandon Bishop, FS, NC State (6'2" 200lbs)
- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (5'9" 175lbs)
- Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (6'1" 200lbs)
- Travis Long, OLB, Washington State (6'3" 255lbs)
- Brett Steinkuler, DE, Nebraska (6'6" 295lbs)
Rounds 6&7 - probably look at some fliers/sleepers/developmental guys:
- Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State (6'3" 265lbs) - probably was one of the top rated pass rushers in the country before getting hurt.
- Joe Vellano, DE, Maryland (6'1" 285lbs) - I love this guy. He is undersized, but he is always around the ball and constantly playing plays. If he were 6'3" or 6'4" he'd probably be considered for 3rd or even 2nd round projections.
- Trevardo Williams, DE, UCONN (6'3" 233lbs) - Don't know if any of you (maybe GOTA?) has seen UCONN play this year, but I've seen two games and this kid is CONSTANTLY in the back field. As a pure pass rusher from a 3-4 OLB spot...he'd be pretty nasty.
- Jordan Reed, TE, Florida (6'3" 245lbs) - Ed Dickson sucks. Ravens really need to find another TE who can catch passes.
- Michael Williams, TE, Alabama (6'6" 265lbs) - He's more of a run blocking TE, which Baltimore may find intriguing, but he's athletic too and can catch.
- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (6'3" 200lbs) - nice size/speed combo. Kind of plays like a Miles Austin or Jerome Simpson.