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Ray Lewis retired after 17 years in the NFL.
Ray Lewis, 37, is no longer in Baltimore. Neither is Ed Reed, 34, Anquan Boldin, 32 or Matt Birk, 37. Get the picture yet?
The Ravens got younger as a team by simply cutting ties with aging players. Lewis and Birk both retired after illustrious careers, while Reed and Boldin will play next season on different teams. Their slowing bodies can now be another coach’s worry.
Baltimore will only get younger with eight picks in this year’s NFL draft, one of which was acquired during the Boldin trade with the 49ers. This league continues to get faster, and now the Ravens will be able to combat that with fresh legs plucked from the college ranks.