In an attempt to get below the salary cap and handle the myriad issues surrounding their impending crop of free agents, the Ravens have been particularly active leading into free agency. Also, with many of those soon-to-be free agents coming off of a Super Bowl win, they've found themselves about to lose grasp of players who can command major salaries elsewhere.
Here's the latest news and rumors coming out of Baltimore.
March 21: Former Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard has accepted a one-year deal to join the Tennessee Titans, reports ESPN's Josina Anderson.
March 21: Ed Reed's contract with the Houston Texans is actually for three years and worth up to $16 million, according to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora.
March 20: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora has confirmed Ed Reed has agreed to join the Houston Texans. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun says it is a two-year deal; Reed had been looking for around $6 or 7 million per season.
March 19: ESPN's SportsCenter is reporting that the Houston Texans have offered free agent Ravens safety Ed Reed a three-year deal. He has yet to sign it and the value of it is still unknown.
March 15: The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson says that Marcus Spears' deal is worth $3.5 million over two years.
March 15: FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Ravens have signed free agent defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year deal.
March 15: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun says that teams have contacted Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta about his services. Pitta received a second-round restricted free agent tender of $2.023 million, but that doesn't make him immune to being snagged by another interested team.
March 14: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have re-signed cornerback Chris Johnson to a one-year deal.
March 14: The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they have signed free agent Ravens cornerback Cary Williams to a three-year deal. ESPN's Adam Schefter says it is worth $17 million and includes $10.5 million guaranteed.
March 14: Ravens free agent safety Ed Reed is currently meeting with the Houston Texans, and according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, and according to Reed, the interest is mutual.
March 13: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora is reporting that free agent Ravens safety Ed Reed will meet with the Houston Texans tomorrow and that visits with the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers could follow.
March 13: Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have released safety Bernard Pollard. NFL Network's Albert Breer says this move saves the Ravens $1 million against the salary cap but costs them $2.25 million in dead money this year.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have re-signed safety and special teams contributor James Ihedigbo to a one-year deal. Financial terms aren't yet known.
March 12: NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that the Ravens have signed free agent defensive tackle Chris Canty to a three-year deal worth $8 million that includes $2.8 million guaranteed.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have re-signed offensive guard Ramon Harewood to a one-year deal. Financial details aren't yet available.
March 12: CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora confirms that Dannell Ellerbe is getting a five-year deal from the Miami Dolphins worth $35 million total.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens have lost their highest-priority free agent, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Specifics of the deal aren't yet known.
March 12: Ravens running back Damien Berry has signed his one-year exclusive rights free agent deal, worth $555,000, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have re-signed long snapper Morgan Cox. It is a two-year deal with an undisclosed cost at this time.
March 12: Evan Silva of Rotoworld says that ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Ravens are one team interested in free agent wide receiver Danny Amendola.
March 12: Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times says that the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a deal with free agent Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens are meeting with free agent defensive lineman Chris Canty today. Canty most recently played with the New York Giants.
March 12: NFL.com reports that the Cleveland Browns are getting very near coming to terms with Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger.
March 12: Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Ravens have retained and re-signed wide receiver David Reed. Reed will receive a two-year deal worth around $2.5 million plus a $500,000 signing bonus.
March 11: Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports that Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones has received a second-round restricted free-agent tender worth $2.023 million in 2013.
March 11: NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that restricted free-agent tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson have received tender offers from the Ravens. Pitta will get the second-round tender, worth $2.023 million, and Dickson will get the lowest tender, worth $1.323 million (Breer incorrectly reported the wrong value for Dickson).
March 11: Free-agent left tackle Bryant McKinnie appeared on Around the League on NFL Network and said that he wants to return to the Ravens but not at a discount. McKinnie said the Ravens already got him at a discount in 2012, and now that they've shelled out so much money to quarterback Joe Flacco, it's time for McKinnie to get paid too, saying, "They bought a Maserati, they need to pay for the insurance."
March 11: Bracing for a glut of free-agent interest—and perhaps a new deal from the Ravens—safety Ed Reed has decided not to represent himself in negotiations and instead hired an agent, David Dunn. The New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts are two possible landing spots for the 34-year-old veteran.
March 11: The Ravens and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe are trying to hammer out a new deal to keep Ellerbe in Baltimore in 2013 and beyond.
March 11: The Ravens traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick, reports Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun. Boldin was owed a $6 million base salary in 2013 and was asked to reduce it by $2 million; he refused and the Ravens sent him to the team they beat just over a month ago in the Super Bowl. His total 2013 salary cap figure was $7.531 million.
March 9: Two of the most sought-after Ravens free agents are linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports the Cleveland Browns have been in contact with their agents.
March 8: The Ravens released offensive guard Bobbie Williams. He was acquired via free agency in 2012, coming to the team from the Cincinnati Bengals.
March 5: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally signed his new deal, worth $120.6 million over six years, which includes $52 million in guaranteed money and $62 million over the first three years. He has a 2013 salary cap hit of just $6.8 million, however.
February 8: Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin said that if the Ravens release him to save cap space, he'll retire. We all know how that worked out.