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Most of Baltimore's free-agent additions were in response to the mass exodus of Raven players on the defensive side of the ball.
The most recognized and significant addition is Elvis Dumervil. By all accounts, Dumervil shouldn’t have been on the market at all. He had agreed to take a pay cut in order to remain a Denver Bronco, but a fax machine fiasco resulted in an opportunity that GM Ozzie Newsome couldn’t pass up.
Dumervil will line up opposite Terrell Suggs to give the Ravens one of the most intimidating pass-rushing duos in the NFL. They will be helped by an improved defensive front, thanks to the additions of veterans Chris Canty and Marcus Spears. Canty is a versatile lineman who can line up at defensive end or tackle, and Spears is an experienced run-stuffer.
The most underrated signing of the offseason was Daryl Smith, who used a dominant preseason to become a starting inside linebacker and take on a leadership role on this year's defense.
Michael Huff was brought in to replace Ed Reed. The former Raider is a rangy free safety capable of playing strong safety and cornerback if needed. Though he languished in Oakland, Huff is a reliable presence as the last line of a team's defense.
On the other side of the ball, there were only two major free-agent signings, but both of them should have fairly large roles on offense.
Brandon Stokley has already wrestled the title of best slot receiver away from Tandon Doss, and he has looked comfortable with Joe Flacco and the playbook so far in the preseason.
Dallas Clark has not found his groove yet, but the tight end is an excellent receiving threat and has the hands and reliability to become one of Flacco’s favorite short-route targets.