OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens are in the market for a wide receiver.
They have identified the type of receiver they want.
And they expect to have a player that fits that profile on their roster by the start of next season.
General manager Ozzie Newsome made all of that clear at Baltimore's season-review news conference last week.
"That player will be available between now [and the start of the season], whether it's in free agency, whether he's a cap casualty, whether it's in the draft or whether it's through trade," Newsome said. "No, there is no reason that he [will] not be here at the beginning of the season, but I always try to leave myself a little leeway to give us a chance to get it right."
Newsome didn't specify what type of receiver the Ravens are looking for.
It could be a big, physical, possession-type receiver like Mike Evans from Texas A&M. They may also be looking for a Wes Welker-like player out of the slot.
"We need to be able to get a receiver - whether it's a tight end or a wide receiver - that can make a third-and-7, third-and-8 catch and run after the catch," Newsome said.
Either way, Baltimore is likely to have plenty of options.
As far the NFL draft, NFLDraftScout.com has 13 wide receivers listed as first- or second-round talents and another five listed as third-round talents.
That includes big receivers like Evans and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, potential slot receivers like Brandin Cooks from Oregon State and big-play threats like Clemson's Sammy Watkins and USC's Marqise Lee.
There are also likely to be some good receivers available once free agency starts in mid-March.
Anquan Boldin, Eric Decker, Hakeem Nicks, James Jones and Julian Edelman are just some of the receivers set to be unrestricted free agents.
The Ravens do already have Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown at receiver, but Baltimore wants another weapon to go along with those two, and Newsome and coach John Harbaugh are on the same page as to what type of player Baltimore should add.
"When John told me, I lit up because I was right there with him as to what we're looking for in a receiver this year," Newsome said. "And I think before the 2014 season [starts], we will have that guy on our football team."