The Ravens saw two starters leave in free agency Wednesday and could lose guard Ben Grubbs as well. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson signed with the Chargers, and defensive end Cory Redding landed with the Colts.
We're two hours into free agency and the national news continues to come fast and furious. Now we have a bit of Ravens news being reported by a pair of national outlets. CBS Sports reports that Ben Grubbs will meet with the New Orleans Saints tomorrow. ESPN says that Cory Redding is visiting the Indianapolis Colts tonight.
3! 2! 1! Happy new league year! The 2012 NFL year is officially underway, and it all kicks off with free agency. All is quiet here, though. To our knowledge, the Ravens have not yet re-signed any of their 12 unrestricted free agents, a list that includes Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs and defensive starters Jarret Johnson, Jameel McClain and Cory Redding. The Ravens have expressed an interest in retaining those players in particular, but they have also been aware that those players might want to shop for better offers on the free agent market.
Unless you count Mario Williams, a defensive end who can also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, there won't be any marquee linebackers available in free agency this offseason. But there are a handful of solid starters -- including a pair of Ravens -- scheduled to be available in a deep class of free agent linebackers. Here is a look at the top free agent linebackers on the market and where they could wind up in 2012.
There could be change for the Ravens this offseason, especially with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano becoming head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Pagano in Baltimore, there were only two other AFC head coaches who knew the Ravens system and the value of certain players. But both New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis have been joined by Pagano. There will be a bidding war, or at least threats, on several of the Ravens other unrestricted free agents. Both Ryan and Pagano will go hard after linebackers Jameel McClain and Jarret Johnson. And even if they can't match certain offers, they can force other teams to over pay and cause eventual salary cap problems.
Now that Chuck Pagano is leaving the Ravens after one season as defensive coordinator to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Dean Pees and Clarence Brooks are two names to remember in the coming days.
New Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is the fourth defensive coordinator in the 16-year history of the Baltimore Ravens to leave to become a head coach elsewhere. Here's a quick look at how the first three coordinators fared after leaving Baltimore.
The Ravens dining hall looks pretty much like the one where you work. The menu is the kind of food served in employee dining rooms all over. Maybe a little better. The soups are homemade, and the chef was trained at Johnson & Wales University. But there's no oysters Rockefeller or suckling pig.