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The Wizard of Oz is normally a winner during NFL offseasons, and this year was no exception. All evaluations are meaningless until we see this roster in action, of course, but nobody can criticize his decision-making in the moment.
Starting in free agency, Newsome made the tough choices to walk away from some of his own free agents (e.g. Arthur Jones, Corey Graham, James Ihedigbo and Michael Oher). On the flip side, he managed to sign very reasonable contracts with Eugene Monroe, Dennis Pitta, Steve Smith Sr. and Jacoby Jones.
Then he nailed the draft, adding a stud in C.J. Mosley and then selecting bargains in Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks—both of whom have the talent to be absolute steals at their respective draft slots.
Newsome added a lot of young talent via the draft, and this spring and summer has been a brilliant step in the impressive rebuilding-on-the-fly job he’s done.
The Ravens won the Super Bowl just one season ago, but Newsome has reloaded with a plethora of young talent that has Baltimore’s future looking very optimistic.
What’s even more impressive is that he’s managed to do this while giving this season’s team a more than realistic chance of competing for another Super Bowl. The Ravens—as constructed—may not be favorites to win it all, but they have enough talent to win the division, and anything can happen in the NFL postseason.
Newsome continues to prove why he’s among the best in the business, and this offseason was an excellent example of why he’s so highly regarded.
Shehan Peiris is B/R's Lead Featured Columnist covering the Baltimore Ravens and a co-host of Ravens Central Radio, a weekly podcast on the Pro Football Central radio network that focuses on all things Ravens-related. For the latest Ravens news, draft analysis and links to episodes of Ravens Central Radio, follow me on Twitter: