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.
A day before the free-agent market officially opens and just hours after learning that Kelechi Osemele was unofficially headed to the Oakland Raiders on a record-breaking contract, the Ravens reached a tentative agreement with tight end Benjamin Watson on a two-year deal. The 12-year veteran had 74 catches for 825 yards and six touchdowns last year for the New Orleans Saints.
Ravens starting right tackle Rick Wagner is probable to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after missing Friday's practice for non-injury related reasons, while left guard Kelechi Osemele is probable and could return after missing two games with a knee injury.
The Ravens offensive line, despite the return of left guard Kelechi Osemele this week, remains in flux as starting right tackle Rick Wagner was not practicing during the opening portion of Friday's practice.
Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury, returned to practice Wednesday. He was listed as a full participant, a good sign for the Ravens who played Monday's game without three starting offensive linemen.
Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe and starting left guard Kelechi Osemele missed another day of practice for the Ravens Friday, bringing further into question their availability Monday at the Cleveland Browns.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh practiced his team in full pads on Wednesday, the final day before their mandatory four-day break for the bye week, though he gave many of his banged-up starting offensive linemen the day off to avoid the contact.