Graham laughed when asked if he's underrated, replying: "I don't mind being underrated, but you never want to be underpaid."

Against the Broncos, Graham shadowed Brandon Stokley for an overtime interception when Manning tried to force the football into a tight spot while throwing on the move. In the first quarter, Graham alertly grabbed a Manning pass deflected by nickel back Chykie Brown, returning the interception 39 yards for a touchdown.

"Graham defines value," said former Ravens scout Daniel Jeremiah, now an NFL Network analyst. "He is the story of that bunch. He's been outstanding. When Webb got hurt, it could have been devastating. If you look at Chicago, their two corners [Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings] are both going to the Pro Bowl. So, you see why Graham wasn't playing as much. ...

"What sets the Ravens apart from other organizations is they excel in every area you can improve your roster. They don't take any phase lightly. They prepare meticulously and are exhaustive in preparation. They send a lot of scouts out on the road. They hit on some huge values this year."

Jones and Tucker were special

Cut by the Texans months after he lost a key fumble in the Ravens' AFC divisional-round playoff win last year, Jones emerged as the most dangerous return specialist in the NFL this season.

After signing for two years and $7 million, Jones earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl with had three touchdown returns, including a 108-yard kickoff return against the Dallas Cowboys that tied the NFL record for longest return. Jones led the NFL with a 30.7 kickoff return average.

His 63-yard punt return in a Nov. 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the Ravens' lone touchdown in a 13-10 win at Heinz Field.

"It's definitely a win-win situation," Jones said. "I think they knew what they were getting with me. I don't think they were surprised. I wasn't surprised. They gave me the opportunity, and it worked out."

So did signing Tucker, who agreed to a three-year, $1.44 million contract with minimum base salaries and no signing bonus after an impressive minicamp tryout. In training camp, he beat out former Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff, whose 32-yard missed field-goal attempt in last year's AFC title game would have sent the game to overtime.

Solidifying the kicking game for the Ravens, Tucker made 30 of 33 field goal attempts in the regular season and all 42 extra points.

"They hit huge on Tucker," Jeremiah said. "He's made so many clutch kicks."

If not for Cundiff faltering in the AFC championship and Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg traveling to Texas shortly before the NFL draft for a private workout with Tucker, the rookie might never have come to Baltimore.

"It's been a perfect fit," Tucker said. "I'm having a blast. Getting this chance is a blessing in itself, and this is really a cool organization to be a part of.

"It has definitely been really fun. It's the reason you play the game is to be in big moments like this, to share these moments with all the people who have been on my journey, everyone in this locker room."

Bargain signings

Three of the Ravens' biggest free agent acquisitions were relatively inexpensive. Here's a look at the production the AFC North champions got from three key contributors and how much they cost to sign:

Jacoby Jones

Production: Three touchdown returns for Pro Bowler, including 108-yarder against Cowboys to tie NFL record for longest kickoff return. Led NFL with 30.7 kickoff return average; caught game-tying 70-yard touchdown pass against the Broncos.

Contract: Two years, $7 million, $1.8 million signing bonus; $1 million roster bonus due March 16.