Patrick Chung

Ravens face one of their biggest offseasons yet

Ravens face one of their biggest offseasons yet

When inside linebacker Zachary Orr unexpectedly retired last week, it left the Ravens with one of their biggest offseason building jobs in the team's 21-year history.

There is always pressure to acquire talent, but it got turned up a notch on general manager Ozzie Newsome when Orr left the sport because of a congenital neck and spine condition.

Other big offseasons? There was enormous interest in 1996 because that was the team's first year in Baltimore. And it was even greater following the 2001 season because after a failed attempt to win a second straight Super Bowl, salary cap problems forced the Ravens to get rid of high-paid veterans such as defensive linemen Rob Burnett,...