Baltimore continues to build this off-seasonPosted on March 03, 2014 by Slater Jackson
With the news breaking last week that the Ravens had come to an agreement to keep tight end Dennis Pitta in Baltimore for 5 more years, it signified that start of the building process. This off-season the General Manager Ozzie Newsome has been swift in releasing players such as; Vonta Leach and Jameel McClain whilst extending the contract of Terrell Suggs. All moves that were made to secure an asset whilst at the same time freeing up some cap space to give them a chance to resign others.
With the NFL raising the salary cap to $133 Million the Ravens will have $22 Million in reserve at the start of free agency. A portion of this will go into resigning key players such as;
- Eugene Monroe
- Daryl Smith
- Arthur Jones
Whilst Monroe and Smith are priorities for the Ravens they will also want to see if they can match up the money in the fight for Jones. This may be too rich of a hand for Baltimore to stay in as Jones has played his way into a big second contract in the NFL. It is for this reason that the Ravens may see another talented player depart for big money.
What is intriguing is that Baltimore will have more breathing room than usual this year in free agency. Although historically Ozzie and co have not made big splashes in free agency, there is a chance they may be able to bring in an elite talent to immediately fill a need and improve the roster.
After a tumultuous 8-8 season the Ravens are well on their way to building another championship team. With such a young group of core players the Ravens have championship DNA within the locker room and Ozzie is on the war path, making manoeuvres to return the team to the playoffs.