With the Baltimore Ravens offseason starting sooner than expected, coaches and front office personnel are working around the clock to improve from their 8-8 record this past season. Many members of the staff are down in Mobile, Ala., scouting this year's crop of college seniors at the Senior Bowl.
While scouting college players is a huge part of the offseason, an almost equally important task is evaluating current NFL players as they enter free agency. The Ravens have a history of finding great value in free agency, and while they don’t often make a splash, they have a knack for acquiring talent.
This article will take a look at the five best free-agent signings from the inception of the club in 1996. The criteria of this list include where players rank in Ravens history to on-the-field performance and leadership.