Ravens' 2014 player signings
It has been a busy last month for the Ravens, who prioritized retaining their own players before and after the free-agent market opened.
They still have several needs, including a veteran center, either a right tackle or a left guard depending on where Kelechi Osemele settles, and a starting free safety. They also are looking to add depth at running back and tight end on offense, and defensive line, middle linebacker and cornerback on defense.
The Ravens still have about $9 million of salary cap space that they can utilize in free agency, but many of those needs will be filled in the draft.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec looks at their player moves so far:
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Daryl Smith, middle linebacker( Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun / December 16, 2013 )
Contract: four years, $16.1 million
Date: March 14
What it means: The Ravens had a big hole in the middle of their defense, and most of the top free-agent middle linebackers had signed elsewhere when they struck a deal with Smith. The veteran led the team with 123 tackles last season and played all but two defensive snaps. The Ravens had released starting weak-side linebacker Jameel McClain, leaving Josh Bynes atop the middle linebacker depth chart and second-year player Arthur Brown as the starter on the weak side. However, Smith's re-signing solidified the group.
What they said:"There are a lot of smiles around the building today after we got a commitment from Daryl Smith to stay a Raven." -- General Manager Ozzie Newsome.