Free agency often conjures up grand visions of spectacular free-agent hauls. Not for the Baltimore Ravens. It’s just not general manager Ozzie Newsome’s modus operandi, as he opts to maximize his cap space and not spend a penny more than he has to. Consequently, it means the Ravens must always have contingency plans in the event that they miss out on their free-agent targets, and we’ll be examining those Plan B’s right here.
For some of Baltimore’s offseason needs, there is a clear-cut player in mind—generally a Ravens free agent that the front office would like to retain. At left tackle, the desired option is certainly Eugene Monroe. Likewise, Daryl Smith and Corey Graham are the picks at inside linebacker and No. 3 cornerback.
On the other hand, the Ravens are looking outside the organization to find a free safety and right tackle. But this article isn’t about the ideal scenarios. It’s about the unideal circumstances.
What will Newsome do if he doesn’t get his man? That’s what we’re about to find out. Each slide describes various secondary options the Ravens have at their disposal to address a position of need.