Ed Reed, who played 11 seasons with the Ravens, has long said that Baltimore will always feel like home, even after his expected Hall of Fame playing career is over. When that will be, however, remains very much a mystery.
Canty finished with just 30 tackles, two sacks, four pass deflections and two forced fumbles last season. However, none of the sacks or forced fumbles happened during the final dozen games. Canty dealt with a lingering groin injury and wasn't nearly as disruptive as he was at the start of the season.
The Ravens wrapped up the three-day NFL draft with nine players (four on defense, five on offense). Members of The Baltimore Sun's staff take a moment to grade the draft overall for the Ravens as they prepare for the upcoming season.
No team has been awarded more compensatory picks than the Ravens, who have shown that they are able to identify talent in the draft and unafraid to let talented but costly contributors leave in free agency.
When free agency starts this afternoon, the Ravens will have the most financial flexibility they've had since coach John Harbaugh was hired six years ago. The Ravens are carrying $21.987 million in salary cap space, according to NFL Players Association figures. Only 12 other NFL teams have more room under the league limit of $133 million.
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.
"The Ravens aren't cheap," said Joel Corry, a former NFL agent who writes about the business of football for National Football Post. Now the team must face several complicated personnel and financial decisions.
During his rookie season, Ravens first-round draft pick Matt Elam confirmed that he's an aggressive tackler who's capable in run support. What the former consensus All-American from Florida didn't provide are many impactful plays as a center fielder while yielding a few long touchdowns.
For the first time since 2007, the Ravens will be at home when the postseason begins, their season ending with a 34-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. With their elimination, the Ravens become the fourth reigning Super Bowl champion in the past eight years to not make the playoffs the following season.
The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since last January, when the Ravens got revenge against their conference rivals en route to the Super Bowl. High-stakes games have defined this budding rivalry.
Before his interception Monday night, the last time Ravens defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson touched the football in an actual game happened on the junior varsity team in high school when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
It will probably feel a little odd when Tom Brady walks behind center for the first time Sunday afternoon. Whenever the Patriots played the Ravens in the past, he would look for Ed Reed lurking in the secondary and he could hear Ray Lewis from across the line of scrimmage barking out commands before the snap.
It was eight years ago when Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs got ejected from a road game against the Detroit Lions by referee Mike Carey, who famously said the Pro Bowl pass rusher "bumped me with malice in his heart." Now, Suggs returns to Ford Field on Monday night for the first time since the Ravens set a franchise record with 21 penalties during a 35-17 loss that prompted coach Brian Billick to apologize
Only four current Ravens defenders were on the roster when the team last played the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. Those who remain have not-so-fond memories of trying to tackle Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Dickson rumbled past Jets free safety Ed Reed, the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and former Ravens nine-time Pro Bowl selection, on a 27-yard reception during the second quarter of a 19-3 win at M&T Bank Stadium.