The Ravens have done a good job overall in their selections to the Ring of Honor, which includes Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and several of the old Baltimore Colts. But there is someone missing. Where is cornerback Chris McAlister?
That line of thinking, albeit premature in this instance, brings us to the spring and summer of 2015, to the University of Maryland, and to two high-profile players heading into their respective drafts: wide receiver Stefon Diggs and outfielder LaMonte Wade.
For the first time all season, the Ravens scored on their first drive. But they needed to settle for a field goal by Justin Tucker rather than a touchdown partly because of a curious call by referee Ronald Torbert.
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, a week into a four-year, $37.4 million contract extension that keeps him in the organization through 2019 and could allow him to retire a Raven, said the agreement reached Friday allows him to ¿stay here and to be able to, hopefully, end on my own terms.¿
The Ravens have added some eventual Hall of Fame players like Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe over their 20-year history in Baltimore, but their most important free agent acquisition arrived on March 27, 2000. That was the day the NFL announced Steve Bisciotti had purchased a 49 percent stake in the franchise.
Maybe one day the Ravens' "rent a receiver" policy will end and the team will establish a legacy like the Baltimore Colts did with Hall of Famer Raymond Berry. Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr., 36, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the 2015 season, his 15th year in the NFL. He will have played just the final two of those seasons with the Ravens.
It is important to know the outcome of the NFL's investigation because it might involve draft picks. If the league is heavy handed, maybe they will fine the team and take a way a top draft pick or two from New England, which has nine overall selections.