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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 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...

    Ravens news, notes and opinions on defensive line, Steve Smith, Ray Rice and more

    Ravens news, notes and opinions on defensive line, Steve Smith, Ray Rice and more
    The defensive line was supposed to be a major strength for the Ravens last year after they signed veterans Chris Canty and Marcus Spears and then used a third-round pick on Brandon Williams. It didn't work out that way. The group didn’t...

    Ravens' Jacoby Jones active, Bryant McKinnie scratched against Packers

    Ravens' Jacoby Jones active, Bryant McKinnie scratched against Packers
    The Ravens scratched veteran offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie after replacing him this week with Eugene Monroe at left tackle. McKinnie complained of a sore left knee, which he said was drained this week. He isn't listed on the official injury report....

    Taking stock at Ravens' inside linebacker position minus Rolando McClain

    Taking stock at Ravens' inside linebacker position minus Rolando McClain
    The abrupt retirement of trouble-prone inside linebacker Rolando McClain shouldn't necessarily have a major impact on the state of the Ravens at the position. Here's the logic: 1. Despite his imposing size and first-round pedigree, McClain was never ...