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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...

    It might not be top priority, but Ravens still need to address defensive line

    It might not be top priority, but Ravens still need to address defensive line
    At this time last year, the Ravens were still basking in the glow of their Super Bowl XLVII championship while formulating a game plan aimed at keep them among the league’s elite. The biggest item on their to-do list was to re-sign quarterback Joe...

    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...

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Film Study: Looking back at the Ravens' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
    Each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson will look back at the Ravens' previous game. Steelers 19, Ravens 16 STRATEGY: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell all but scrapped the I-formation, making a bid to accelerate the tempo through a...