Rating the Ravens' major additions to the 2010 team (excluding rookies):

1. Josh Wilson, cornerback. The Ravens acquired the former Maryland star by trading a conditional fifth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks just 13 days before the season opener. That's quite a bargain for a player who replaced a struggling Fabian Washington and stabilized the Ravens' secondary. Although he lacks size (5 feet 9), he showed excellent ball skills and broke up 15 passes (which ranked second on the team). His biggest play came in overtime at Houston, where he won the game by returning an interception 12 yards for a touchdown.

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2. Anquan Boldin, wide receiver. Boldin had a productive season, but he didn't exactly fill the role as the Ravens' go-to receiver. There were high expectations placed on Boldin after the Ravens traded their third- and fourth-round picks on March 5 to the Arizona Cardinals for Boldin and a fifth-rounder. The Ravens then signed Boldin to a four-year, $28 million contract, which included $10 million guaranteed. Boldin led the Ravens with 64 catches and seven receiving touchdowns, but the receptions were his fewest since 2004 (when he played 10 games). He failed to produce more than 50 yards receiving in eight of his last nine regular-season games. Boldin had a significant drop in the end zone at Pittsburgh in the playoffs, but he did lead the Ravens with 20 catches in the fourth quarter.

3. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, wide receiver. Some might argue Houshmandzadeh made more noise off the field than on it in his first season with the Ravens. Never happy with his role as the No. 3 wide receiver, he finished with 30 catches -- the first time he's failed to catch at least 73 passes in a season since 2003. But Houshmandzadeh did make the biggest catch of the season, a game-winning 18-yard touchdown grab at Pittsburgh. He also had a critical drop on fourth down at Pittsburgh in the playoffs, the Ravens' last offensive play of the season.

4. Cory Redding, defensive end. The free agent from Seattle finished 11th on the team in tackles and recorded three sacks. Redding clinched the win over New Orleans when he pulled in a pass that was deflected by Haloti Ngata. He also made a heads-up play when he picked up the ball at Pittsburgh in the playoffs (when everyone else thought it was an incomplete pass)and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown. It was an uplifting season for Redding, who had never played on a winning team in his first seven seasons in the NFL.

5. Donte' Stallworth, wide receiver. It was a no-risk move when the Ravens signed Stallworth to a one-year contract worth the veteran minimum ($850,000). But the Ravens never showed any faith in Stallworth, who reportedly ran the fastest 40-yard time ever recorded by the team on turf. Stallworth ended up with more carries on reverses (five) than receptions (two). The Ravens explained that Stallworth's broken foot in the preseason never allowed him to get incorporated into the offense.

6. Marc Bulger, quarterback. The Ravens signed Bulger in late June to what amounted to be a one-year, $3.8 million insurance policy that they never had to use. Joe Flacco remained healthy, and Bulger collected a nice payday without having to take a snap in the regular season.

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