John Harbaugh says Ravens have made 'aggressive offers' to their free agents

With the free agency signing period set to begin Tuesday, the Ravens' primary focus remains on trying to retain their own players.

The Ravens aren't close in negotiations with offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, and he's expected to test free agency barring a major gap being bridged in the next few days, according to sources.


The Ravens have also made an offer to middle linebacker Daryl Smith, but no deal is imminent.

During a news conference to discuss tight end Dennis Pitta remaining with the Ravens after signing a five-year, $32 million contract, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team is actively trying to hold onto its players.

"It stands in negotiations with all of those guys right now," Harbaugh said. "We've got offers out to all of those guys, aggressive offers."

The negotiations are led by vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty and general manager Ozzie Newsome. Harbaugh joked that he's been in their ear constantly looking for updates.

"Ozzie and Pat are dealing with the agents," Harbaugh said. "They're getting a little tired of phone calls from me. I go down and see Pat like four times a day: 'Have you heard anything? Have you heard anything?' So, they're working very hard at it, and hopefully something will happen here before Tuesday.

"And if things don't happen before Tuesday, then we're going to have to build a team the way we build it in other directions. But we're working really hard to get that done right now. We want to keep our guys, and we want our guys to be here just like Dennis. We want to keep those guys."


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