As the Baltimore Ravens begin to evaluate their roster, they must determine which players will remain with the team, and which players will have to find a new home for the 2011 season.
There are players who will be free agents this offseason, and there are players who may be traded or released due to lack of production or excessive salary costs.
These are the top seven Ravens players who will find themselves on a new team in 2011.
With all of the teams in the NFL that currently need a quarterback, there seems to be a very slim chance that Marc Bulger will remain with the Ravens in 2011.
Bulger did not play a single snap for the Ravens in 2010, and instead seemed to serve solely as a mentor to Joe Flacco—something he can't be happy with at this point in his career.
He has a few good years left in the tank, and will likely spend those years on another team's roster.
After suffering a broken foot in the preseason, Donte Stallworth returned to the Ravens in October.
However, his return was not the explosive return that many expected.
Stallworth went on to record two receptions for 82 yards and five carries for 45 yards. Those would be nice stats for one game, but unfortunately those were his stats for the entire season.
Stallworth's speed was not utilized properly, and one wonders whether Stallworth would even want to return if the Ravens want him back.
After watching some of Fabian Washington's performances this season, it is hard to believe he was a starter at one point.
Washington's lowest point came when he gave up three touchdowns to Lee Evans of the Bills, who were winless at the time. Washington was benched in favor of Josh Wilson, who had an excellent season.
Due to the solid seasons of Josh Wilson, Chris Carr, and Lardarius Webb, as well as the return of Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington will find himself as the odd cornerback out.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the third string receiver for the Ravens this year, finding himself below Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason on the depth chart.
Houshmandzadeh's production attested to the fact that he was third string, as he recorded thirty receptions for 398 yards, his lowest stat totals since his rookie season. At the beginning of the season, Houshmandzadeh made his desires to earn more receptions public, and the Ravens did their best to get him more involved in the offense.
If he wants to return, he will most likely be in the same role as last season, and will likely have similar stat lines.
T. J. Houshmandzadeh will choose to find a starting role on another team.
Willis McGahee is the only player on this list that is not going to be a free agent this offseason.
McGahee is owed six million next season, and for a player that carried the ball only one-hundred times for 380 yards last season, that is far too much money.
McGahee is also getting older, and his role is diminishing with the emergence of Ray Rice. The Ravens would best off trading McGahee, and if there is no interest from other teams, then they will have to restructure his contract.
Or just release him.
Dawan Landry had a solid season.
Playing alongside Ed Reed, who racked up eight interceptions in the ten games he played in, Landry seemed inferior.
Then again, anyone who plays alongside Ed Reed seems inferior.
Nevertheless, Landry had a season that was too mediocre. He finished second in tackles to Ray Lewis with 111, but he missed some in key situations. He also did not record an interception in the regular season, but did get one in the playoffs.
Landry just did not have the breakout season that Ravens fans hoped for, making it likely that he will be playing for another team next season.
Jared Gaither suffered a back injury in the 2010 preseason and was placed on injured reserve, making him miss the entire 2010 season.
Gaither was also displeased with being moved to right tackle after playing left tackle for his entire career. There are also concerns over Gaither's work ethic and his durability. If he returns, not only will he be asking for a larger contract, but he'll also want to be moved back to left tackle.
Jared Gaither will not be back with the Ravens because the Ravens will most likely choose not to meet his demands or deal with the injury and work ethic concerns.