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  • Ravens news, notes and opinions after first day of NFL free agency

    Ravens news, notes and opinions after first day of NFL free agency
    I’m sure some Ravens fans hoped that the organization broke from its tradition of being patient at this time of year and went out and used much of the approximately $19 million of salary cap space that they had on the first day of free agency. Start out by signing one or two offensive linemen. Add a prized receiver. Go out and get a middle linebacker and then a play-making safety to anchor the defense. And then be done with it all until the May draft. Of course, that was never going to happen, even with the advantage of more cap flexibility than the organization has had in a good while. The Ozzie Newsome-led front office lives by certain philosophies or mantras, and one of them goes something like this: “The longer you wait, the less you pay.” I’m sure some fans, seeing the number of holes the Ravens have, don’t want to hear it. But the same patient philosophy did help them land linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith last offseason on cheaper deals than far less accomplished players at their position received. The Ravens will remain active in free agency, but my guess is they exited the first day with Eugene Monroe locked in as their left tackle and Arthur Jones headed to the Indianapolis Colts, thinking that things had gone exactly as planned.
  • Ravens snap count observations from Sunday's loss and the entire 2013 season

    Finally, in Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens were able to use tight end Dennis Pitta as they originally envisioned before training camp kicked off. Pitta, in his fourth game back from hip surgery, played 63 snaps against the...

    On the Anquan Boldin trade, hindsight and letting a player go too early

    On the Anquan Boldin trade, hindsight and letting a player go too early
    There is a saying when it comes to Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens. No, not “In Ozzie We Trust,” but it has a similar refrain. It’s that the Ravens, who are respected across the NFL for their talent evaluation above all else, have shown...

    Super Bowl appearance will cap roller-coaster year for former Raven Huff

    Super Bowl appearance will cap roller-coaster year for former Raven Huff
    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is largely the reason that free safety Michael Huff lost his starting job with the Ravens. Now, he’s the reason that Huff will get a chance to play in the Super Bowl. It’s been a rollercoaster season...

    Ravens awarded four compensatory picks in May's draft

    Ravens awarded four compensatory picks in May's draft
    The free agent exodus from their 2013 Super Bowl-winning team did have one benefit for the Ravens who will be compensated well in May’s draft.   For the second straight year, the Ravens were awarded four compensatory picks, bringing their...