Baltimore Ravens Free Agency: 5 Remaining Free Agents the Team Should Sign
Losing five key players, including three starters, has not helped the cause.
But the free agency period is still young, and there are plenty of options available that the Ravens could land.
Here are the top five available free agents that the Ravens may be interested in signing.
5. Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Vince Young
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The backup quarterback position will certainly be addressed sometime this offseason, although that does not mean current backup Tyrod Taylor has lost the job.
Right now, it's Taylor's job to lose, but if the Ravens want a player with more experience, Vince Young is the best option.
Young' career stats aren't flashy (46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions), but he is experienced and is a proven winner, which makes him an intriguing option to be Joe Flacco's backup in 2012.
4. Cincinnati Bengals Linebacker Manny Lawson
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After losing defensive end Cory Redding and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson in free agency, outside pass rush is a major need for the Ravens.
Despite making a strong push for former New England Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson, the Ravens were unable to sign him. Now that the outside linebacker market is quite thin, Lawson may be the best option.
Lawson recorded just 1.5 sacks in 2011, but he is a solid, reliable linebacker that could find himself having a significant role in Baltimore's defense.
3. St. Louis Rams Center/Offensive Guard Jason Brown
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After failing to sign Eagles guard Evan Mathis to replace Ben Grubbs, the Ravens are in dire need of a starting left guard.
If the team does not want to wait until the draft, the best option right now is former Raven, Jason Brown.
Brown was the Rams' starting center for the last few years, but in Baltimore he played guard and the transition wouldn't be too tough. Brown had a disappointing 2011 season, so he would likely sign at a pretty low price, making him a low-risk option.
2. Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Curtis Lofton
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To the knowledge of the public, Curtis Lofton has not been linked to the Ravens at all. But, if the Ravens wish to find Ray Lewis' long-term replacement in the 2012 offseason, the team should give Lofton a call.
Lofton would immediately be plugged in as the starting inside linebacker alongside Ray Lewis, and would be a major upgrade over Jameel McClain.
During Lofton's tenure in Atlanta, he was consistently among the top tacklers in the NFL, nabbing 147 total tackles in 2011.
1. New York Giants Running Back Brandon Jacobs
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With the retirement of running back Ricky Williams, the Ravens need to find another complement to Ray Rice.
The only other running back currently on the roster is Anthony Allen, who struggled to even touch the field in 2011. Going with a young backfield of Rice and Allen is risky, and having a veteran to play alongside Rice would be a much safer option.
Brandon Jacobs is the type of power running back that would be a perfect complement to Rice, and his 571 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 2011 dispel any speculations that his career is on the decline.