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Ravens: 'One of the worst secondaries' in the NFL?

The secondary continues to dominate the Ravens' training camp storylines out in Westminster.

Domonique Foxworth underwent knee surgery Tuesday. Chris Carr and Fabian Washington are questionable for Thursday's game against the Panthers (some of you may argue they've always been questionable). And speculation that the Ravens might trade for a cornerback is blowing up message boards.

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(The silence on the Ed Reed front is an equally concerning non-story.)

How bad is it for the Ravens right now?

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Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. wrote earlier this week that the Ravens "very well could have one of the worst secondaries in the league" if they don't do anything to upgrade it before Week 1.

Williamson said opposing offenses will attack the Ravens by spreading them out and forcing them to put a bevvy of backup-quality cornerbacks on the field.

So the Ravens need to get some cornerback help from somewhere, but finding a trade partner is never easy in the NFL -- especially a month before the season when most teams think they can make the playoffs.

As Jamison Hensley pointed out in this post, it only makes sense for the Ravens to acquire a cornerback who is a legitimate starter. They have enough guys who are backup-quality players.

Darrelle Revis is out of the question. The Jets will have to pay him eventually, and he knows it. Forget about Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha, too. Champ Bailey is a long-shot possibility, but it would take a Godfather offer -- a package of high draft picks and/or valuable Ravens contributors -- to pry him away from the Broncos.

The reality is that the Ravens will have to overpay for an upgrade at cornerback -- especially to get a top-flight player like Bailey. Do they go all-in for a Super Bowl run this season? Or do they try to patch together a passable secondary -- maybe by making a trade that isn't all that sexy -- and see what happens?

Knowing Ozzie Newsome, you can count on the Ravens slow-playing their hand playing this hand cautiously (edit explained below).

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