Which Ravens players might stay or go this offseason?

While clearing out their lockers the Ravens players reflect on what went wrong in the Titans' game.

With the Ravens’ shocking 28-12 loss to the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans on Saturday night come questions about the soon-to-be status of multiple key free agents as the team enters its offseason.

As several players filled the team’s locker room Sunday morning to clean out the remainder of their lockers, they fielded questions about their disappointment with the previous night’s results and their future with the franchise.


Some, like impending unrestricted free agent Michael Pierce, said they would be interested in returning to the Ravens but knew the business side of the NFL would ultimately decide their fate.

The Ravens will have a little under $35 million in cap space this offseason, according to Spotrac, but have 17 impending unrestricted free agents. Here is a look at which Ravens players may stay or leave in free agency, as well as possible retirements and cap casualties.


Unrestricted free agents

Unrestricted free agents are free to sign with any team.

LB Josh Bynes

DT Justin Ellis

C Hroniss Grasu


OLB Matthew Judon

DB/LB Anthony Levine Sr.

OLB Pernell McPhee

WR Chris Moore

LB Patrick Onwuasor

DT Domata Peko

DT Michael Pierce

S Jordan Richards

WR Seth Roberts

T Andre Smith

CB Jimmy Smith

WR De’Anthony Thomas

SS Brynden Trawick

DT Jihad Ward

Restricted free agents

Restricted free agents are eligible for “a qualifying offer,” a contract that other teams can match.

C Matt Skura

Exclusive rights free agents

Exclusive free agents are free agents who reach the end of their contract with less than three years of service time in the NFL. If the player’s team offers him a one-year contract and the league minimum, they cannot negotiate with other teams.

G Randin Crecelius

RB Gus Edwards

G Parker Ehinger

S Fish Smithson

Team option

DB Brandon Carr

The Ravens can pick up Carr’s $4.5 million base salary and $1.5 million roster bonus in 2020 by March 18, or let him become a free agent. Carr has started 192 straight regular-season games over his 12-year career, the longest active streak among NFL defensive players.

Potential retirement

G Marshal Yanda

Questions regarding Yanda’s retirement have surfaced since he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the 2017 season. Yanda returned, however, and has played at a Pro Bowl level in the past two seasons. The 35-year-old refused to answer questions about his future after Saturday night’s loss, saying he would address it at a later time.

Potential salary-cap casualty

S Tony Jefferson

The Ravens can save $7 million this offseason by releasing Jefferson. Jefferson, 27, signed a four-year, $34 million deal in 2017 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 5. The defense improved significantly under the direction of third-year safety Chuck Clark, who handled communication duties as a full-time starter. Clark, 24, is set to make $735,000 in 2020. Two weeks ago, Jefferson acknowledged on Instagram that he would likely be cut.

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