Despite an offseason of saying goodbye to championship talent, general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens might have made one of the best free-signings of the year when they came to terms with defensive end Elvis Dumervil.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, and later confirmed by all major outlets, the Ravens agreed to a five-year deal with Dumervil Sunday.
The signing should help take the sting out of a difficult string of recent personnel losses.
In the month or so following a Super Bowl win, Baltimore has lost Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger, Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe and Bernard Pollard. As many as eight starters from last season's title winner either won't be or aren't likely to be back in 2013.
Dumervil, the top free agent left on the open market, should now be the centerpiece to a quasi-rebuilding effort from Newsome on the defensive side of the football.
In the following slides, we'll grade the Ravens' signing of Dumervil on a number of a levels, including fit, talent, price and risk.