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It’s hard to narrow down the potential free targets to one per position, but that’s what I’ve done here. These players would be a good fit for the Ravens and are attainable options in terms of salary.
Wide Receiver: Jason Avant
None of the big-name receivers on the market seems like a good fit for this Ravens roster, so it’s very likely that Newsome turns to the extremely talented draft class of wideouts to find Baltimore’s next starter.
That doesn’t mean he’ll walk away from a bargain if he finds it—and that’s what Jason Avant is.
Avant was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and he’s not a long-term solution due to his age (30 years old). Despite that, however, he’s very reliable, has excellent hands and demonstrates a knack for making big plays. The Ravens could definitely find a place for him in their rotation.
Offensive Tackle: Eric Winston
This just makes too much sense not to happen. Eric Winston’s best days came under Gary Kubiak in Houston—something Winston readily acknowledged to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
He's good at getting guys to be successful. He not only knows the Xs and Os, but he knows how to get the most out of a player like Wade Smith. He was the classic journeyman lineman and the Texans brought the most out of him and made him successful. Personally, I'm a fan of Gary Kubiak. He's a big reason why I've been successful.
Moreover, it wasn’t too long ago that Winston was one of the best right tackles in the league. Given the lack of interest in Winston when he was a free agent last year, it’s safe to assume that the Ravens wouldn’t need to spend much money to sign him.
Like I said, it makes too much sense on every level.
Free Safety: Louis Delmas
Louis Delmas was released by the Detroit Lions earlier in the offseason, and we know how much Newsome loves his cap casualties.
There are a few red flags with Delmas—especially with regard to his health—but Delmas has the potential to become a ball-hawking safety to make plays in the passing game.
Center: Dominic Raiola
The Gino Gradkowski experiment didn’t work out like the Ravens were hoping, but he still has the support of the Ravens coaching staff and even his predecessor, Matt Birk.
Even so, the Ravens will be looking at veteran centers to push Gradkowski in training camp and mentor him through the process of becoming a starting-caliber center. Dominic Raiola fits the bill perfectly.
He’s got plenty of experience, and at 35 years old he won’t make a lot of money this year. Raiola is coming off arguably the best season of his career and still has enough in the tank to make a difference.