It has been a hectic 48 hours for former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones, whose hard work during his four years in Baltimore was rewarded with a five-year, $33 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts shortly after free agency began Tuesday afternoon.
Free agency will start in a little over a month, but two things have become apparent: it's going to be tough for the Ravens to upgrade at center and the Ravens are in line to lose several defensive free agents.
As the Ravens were signing Canty to a three-year, $8 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the 6-foot-7, 317-pounder he hopes he gives the defense back what they lost in Redding.
While team officials have yet to comment on Pollard's release, it continues a trend of offseason activity that has the Ravens' roster — particularly on the defensive side — getting younger, thinner, quieter and in some cases, cheaper.
Every week, we hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. This week, we chatted with Mike Chappell, who covers the Indianapolis Colts for The Indianapolis Star
Jarret Johnson was equally significant to the Ravens throughout much of the last decade. Drafted in the fourth round out of Alabama in 2003, Johnson, 31, started every game for the organization in his last four seasons, and his streak of 129 consecutive games played was the longest in team history.
In their last three games, the Ravens allowed opponents to gain just 2.7 yards per carry, which partially explains why teams have resorted to exploiting them through the air. But Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs, who rank second in the NFL in rushing, hope to seriously test the notion that the Ravens have tightened up in the trenches.
Four years ago, when Jameel McClain was in his rookie season with the Ravens, the undrafted free agent out of Syracuse first made his presence felt as a pass rusher. The gritty linebacker only had 16 tackles in 2008, but he recorded 2.5 sacks and a pair of safeties -- one more than Ray Lewis has in his long career.
Heading into a pivotal game Sunday night against the New England Patriots, the third-ranked defense from last season has plummeted to 27th overall. The Ravens already have allowed 808 yards of total offense, giving up an average of 5.6 yards per play.
Convinced that maintaining his mobility is the key to remaining a force at age 37, Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis dieted and exercised his way down to his lightest weight since he was a rookie.