A free agency firestorm is about to hit, and millions of dollars will be spent in a hurry. The Baltimore Ravens won't be too involved in that expensive flurry of money, but they'll have their own priorities to take care of as the market opens.
Re-signing their own players will undoubtedly take top priority. Dannell Ellerbe, Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie, Dennis Pitta and Paul Kruger highlight the Ravens with expiring contracts, with multiple other role players also hitting the market.
The Ravens won't be able to re-sign all of these players, or even most of them. Their salary cap situation is tight, as they sit at $12.663 million under the cap at the moment. Restructuring contracts or even terminating them should help alleviate some of the pressure.
Once that's all taken care of, the Ravens will look at filling their remaining needs with affordable veterans low on name recognition but high on value. Don't expect the Ravens to go after stars like Jake Long, but they'll be sure to add a few pieces as they always do.
With this outline in mind, let's take a more specific look at the Ravens' blueprint for succeeding in free agency.