Fortunately for the Baltimore Ravens, they have the best general manager in the business running their show so they don’t have many moves earning a place in the “worst” category. Conversely, they made a number of additions that will rank as some of the best moves in the league when all is said and done.
Now that the free agency furor has died down, we can step back and reflect on the moves Baltimore made (or didn’t make), and then evaluate them in the grand scheme of the roster as a whole. To nobody’s surprise, every move Newsome has made has been perfect for the Ravens.
A summer after losing more players than any Super Bowl champion in league history, Baltimore has made a concerted effort to build some continuity and emphasized re-signing their own free agents. Normally that would mean overpaying for some, but that hasn’t been the case for any of the Ravens’ free-agent signings.
Despite that, Newsome hasn’t been afraid to pounce on players from other teams, like Steve Smith or Jeremy Zuttah. The end result is that there is one lone negative in Newsome’s offseason so far—and he still has plenty of time to do something about it.
Here are the major moves made by Baltimore this offseason, from worst to best factoring in the player, price and relative value of the signing.