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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.
  • NFL free agency primer: safety

    NFL free agency primer: safety
    In the last installment of our position-by-position free agency primers, we will look at the safeties. The Ravens will likely have holes to fill at safety, but they aren’t going to be in the market for a high-priced free agent, not with Ed Reed...

    Panthers hope bigger is better at wide receiver

    The Sports Xchange NFL Team Report - Carolina Panthers - INSIDE SLANT While a lot of noise was made in the offseason about the loss of mighty-mite receiver Steve Smith and surgery on quarterback Cam Newton's ankle, the Carolina Panthers could be...

    Falcons head to camp with rebuilt OL

    The Sports Xchange NFL Team Report - Atlanta Falcons - INSIDE SLANT After missing the playoffs by a lot with an ugly 4-12 record last season, head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan will try to get the Atlanta Falcons back in gear when...

    NFL Analysis: Legion of Boom best DB group - Part 1

    The Sports Xchange By Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange EditorsNote: Updates headline to Boom NFL Analysis: Legion of Boom best DB group When it comes to determining the best defensive secondary in the NFL, there is little reason for discussion. The...