While the NFL players and owners continue to battle in court and hold secret meetings, I still want to talk plain old football. Free-agent football to be exact.
As a Ravens fan still seething from another bitter playoff loss to Pittsburgh in January, I want the lockout to end so the purple and black can start preparations for a Week 1 revenge beat-down against those same Steelers.
The offseason has been filled with court appeals instead of free-agent offers, but I'm still excited for the upcoming season as the Ravens had what many considered to be another top-notch draft.
General manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens scouting department filled needs and found players that have the ability to make an immediate impact.
The Ravens still have more than a few holes to fill at critical areas.
Backup quarterback Marc Bulger is rumored to be headed for the Arizona Cardinals.
Considering the Cards did not select a quarterback in this year’s draft, Bulger seems destined to follow in the footsteps of another former St. Louis Rams QB this fall. Or does he?
Although the Ravens selected cornerback Jimmy Smith with their first-round pick, three regular contributors at the position are free agents of some sorts.
The Ravens had their worst sack output in franchise history on defense last season with just 27 quarterback sacks,
The need for a pass rusher was addressed, but not until the fifth round when Baltimore chose Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee.
McPhee is a project and is not expected to contribute much this season. He had just seven sacks in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
A huge hole could exist in the Ravens backfield once the lockout ends. Willis McGahee is due a big payday, which the Ravens are not expected to honor, and LeRon McClain is unhappy with his lack of carries at the fullback position.
The offensive line may potentially be a disaster and one that only free agency could fix.
Whatever occurs with the NFL lockout, the Ravens will have to spend a few dollars to fill some holes.
A few weeks back, Ravens featured columnist Todd McGregor looked at 10 potential free agents.
Here are 10 more players the purple and black may want to consider.
Some of these players do not have big names, but they could still play huge roles in another attempt at a Ravens Super Bowl run in 2011.