It's business as usual this offseason for the Ravens

When free agency opened there was the usual first-day frenzy, and the Ravens did nothing.

And as a couple of days passed and teams like the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins were active, the Ravens were idle. That touched off a panic mode in the city as defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was traded and receiver Torrey Smith and tight end Owen Daniels left the Ravens for other teams.


But for the Ravens, this offseason has been business as usual. There have been a lot of changes again, and maybe one day that will catch up with them, but until then the Ravens get the benefit of any doubt.

They have been to the playoffs six of the last seven years, including two AFC championship game appearances and a Super Bowl title in 2012.


So, what's the big deal?

We can ignore the "In Ozzie We Trust" mantra. It just sounds so corny, and had to be contrived by a bunch of purple Kool-Aid drinking homers. And after last season, when Newsome failed to add a quality cornerback, there are still concerns about that position entering the 2015 season as well as finding a big, vertical threat at wide receiver.

But so far, this offseason has been pretty normal, on par with other teams in the upper echelon of the AFC like Denver and New England. A few eyebrows were raised when the Ravens traded Ngata to Detroit, but they have good young talent to replace him in Brandon Williams and Tim Jernigan.

If San Francisco wanted to pay Smith $40 million over the next five years, that's fine, because he didn't warrant that type of contract during the four years he was here.

As for Daniels, he has made a living following Gary Kubiak from Houston to Baltimore to Denver. If that's the type of security blanket he needs to be successful, then he needed to move on. There is no major loss in his departure, either.

Actually, now the fun begins. Newsome is always looking for a bargain, waiting for a something to happen that few know about.

The Ravens might have gotten a steal last week when Miami was about to cut receiver Mike Wallace, but the Dolphins traded him in a last-minute deal with Minnesota. Newsome was ready to pounce, trying to find another Steve Smith or Anquan Boldin.

But besides Newsome, there are two other reasons for calm. Ravens coach John Harbaugh is good at building teams.


He had an offensive coaching staff that was in disarray in 2013, but that's the only real mark on his record as far as creating good team chemistry. His organizational skills are excellent and he is good at building momentum.

The Ravens might not have a player more resilient than quarterback Joe Flacco. In eight seasons, he has gone through three coordinators, as well as four regular starters at right tackle, four tight ends, four left tackles and four No. 1 receivers, including Torrey Smith.

Yet Flacco keeps winning, and winning and winning.

The offseason is still young. There is plenty of time for the Ravens to sign some good, competitive free agents like they did over the weekend by signing former Houston Texans safety Kendrick Lewis and bringing back running back Justin Forsett. The draft is still several weeks away, but the Ravens might get new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman a tight end such as Minnesota's Maxx Williams or Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman, or select a cornerback like Michigan State's Trae Waynes or LSU's Jalen Collins.

There are legitimate concerns to have about the Ravens, but every team in the NFL has similar issues. Both Denver and New England have suffered more losses than gains this offseason, and they, like the Ravens, are in playoff contention every year.

At this point, the Ravens offseason behavior is consistent with previous years. Few teams have won a Super Bowl in March. At the end the Ravens always find a way to remain in contention.


Until that changes, it's just another offseason for the Ravens.