With the NFL lockout expected to be lifted -- fingers crossed, everyone -- in the next seven to 10 days, we can start focusing on football-related business and not just what enraged linebackers have been saying.
The Ravens have had their post-lockout plans drawn up for weeks, preparing for the moment when the lockout ends and the NFL’s free-spending organizations rush to the express checkout line in free agency.
Ozzie Newsome did well in checking some items of his shopping list in the draft -- Cornerback? Check. Wide receiver? Check. Offensive tackle? Check. -- but the Ravens general manager couldn’t address everything in April, so some work remains to be done. Much of it is negotiating with the team’s pending free agents.
Offensive linemen Jared Gaither and Marshal Yanda are expected to hit the open market, as are fullback Le’Ron McClain, strong safety Dawan Landry and starting cornerbacks Josh Wilson and Chris Carr. The Ravens could have as many as 14 free agents once the new CBA is in place, and there’s also the matter of signing Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to an extension.
In Thursday’s newspaper, Jamison Hensley listed his top five offseason priorities for the Ravens, which included finding a pass rusher to help out Terrell Suggs and refortifying the offensive line. Other priorities were bringing back either Wilson or Carr, finding a veteran quarterback and figuring out what to do in the backfield with Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain likely on the outs.
Now it’s your turn to play GM.
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