For most of the glaring issues facing the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, general manager Ozzie Newsome will turn to the draft. There are only so many draft picks, however, who can come in and contribute in their rookie seasons, so the Ravens will need to acquire some cheap, veteran talent on the free-agent market.
The first order of business starts with Baltimore re-signing its own free agents, namely Eugene Monroe and Dennis Pitta. Neither player started a full season for the Ravens, but they’ve shown enough to prove that they are talented young athletes with the ability to be crucial pieces to the Ravens puzzle for the future.
Regardless of whether those two players get re-signed, Newsome is sure to take a long, hard look at other free agents at those positions—tight end and offensive line—to shore up the depth chart.
There are a number of unrestricted free agents who could help Baltimore, but one important thing to keep in mind is that many of the Ravens’ offseason signings aren’t free agents yet.
Newsome’s love for compensatory picks is well known, and he has a history of pouncing on the salary-cap casualties of other teams. In his end-of-year press conference, via Ryan Mink of the team's website, Newsome said he would have the same approach this summer:
They were cap causalities of other teams, which allowed us to be able to maintain our compensatory picks for the guys that we lost. So, there is a rhyme and reason in how we acquire players—to continue to maintain our ability to stay strong going forward. And we will do the same [this year].
This slideshow aims to provide you with the basic information you need to know regarding the Ravens’ own free agents and possible players they could pursue at every position. Just keep in mind that the players Baltimore covets the most are still on other rosters.