The exact formula for awarded compensatory selections remains a bit of a mystery, but the Courtney Upshaw signing with the Atlanta Falcons puts the Ravens in position to recoup the pick that they might have lost with the Eric Weddle signing.
The Ravens were determined to hold onto an eventual compensatory pick for the loss of offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele. But when it looked like that pick might be a fourth-rounder, they got aggressive.
Two days after reaching a four-year agreement with safety Eric Weddle, the Ravens released Hill, a 14-game starter last season. The move creates just over $3 million in salary cap space and paves the way for converted cornerback Lardarius Webb to start alongside Weddle in 2016.
On paper, it appears the Ravens have made some upgrades to their football team within the past week. I don¿t know if the additions are significant enough to get them into the postseason or on a deep run, but they are a better team than they were at the end of 2015. What we need to keep an eye on is the age of some of their top players.
It was only about 2½ years ago when wide receiver Mike Wallace, then a newly minted Miami Dolphin after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, declared that the Ravens were still his least favorite team. Now, Wallace is joining the organization that he once disliked. The Ravens agreed to terms with the veteran wide receiver during his Tuesday visit to the team¿s training facility.
The Ravens agreed in principle with three-time Pro Bowl selection Eric Weddle on a four-year deal that could be worth as much as $29 million. The deal, according to sources, includes $13 million in guaranteed money and $9 million this season.
Steve Smith's 14th NFL season has been eye-opening for the 35-year-old, given that the Panthers organization was all he had ever known. But each game seems to bring Smith flashbacks to an earlier phase of his career, and that's the case again as the Ravens (7-4) prepare to face the Chargers (7-4) on Sunday in a key game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Holding court inside the Ravens' locker room Thursday, veteran free safety Ed Reed was in no hurry to head toward the exit door. Reed is following a similar unrushed, stress-free approach toward addressing his uncertain future with the team after 11 seasons.
Maybe this is what happens when you¿ve won 16 straight games in your own house and then another team gums things up by having the nerve to knock you off, as the Pittsburgh Steelers did Sunday with their surprising 23-20 win over the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.