And former Ravens star free safety Ed Reed was a crowd favorite during cornerback Lardarius Webb's annual charity softball Sunday with 15,000 tickets sold during the first year it's been held at M&T Bank Stadium with the game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen previously.
Following a disappointing 8-8 season in which the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs after making it the previous five seasons under coach John Harbaugh, they face another challenging offseason filled with difficult personnel and salary cap decisions.
Although tight end Ed Dickson acknowledged that his chances of returning as an unrestricted free agent is probably a long shot, he made a sales pitch for the Ravens to do everything they can to hold onto free agent tight end Dennis Pitta.
The Ravens signed eight members of their practice squad to reserve-future deals today. That includes former University of Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg, who finished the season on the practice-squad injured list after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.
The Ravens have signed offensive tackle David Mims to their practice squad, filling the vacancy created when the Buffalo Bills signed rookie offensive tackle J.J. Unga off of the Ravens' practice squad to their active roster today.
As diminutive Ravens running back Bobby Rainey and punter Sam Koch belted several home runs at Ripken Stadium, cornerback Lardarius Webb came away even more impressed by what surrounded his teammates Sunday in Aberdeen.