After just one NFL season, Osemele has learned that lesson already. A second-round pick in 2012, Osemele started all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens at right tackle, a position that he hadn't played extensively in several years. When the playoffs began, Osemele was shifted to left guard to accommodate McKinnie's insertion into the starting lineup.
The conversations didn't just start in the aftermath of the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII. They actually began four months earlier when Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh started to meet and plan for 2013 and beyond.
You probably shouldn't judge an offseason until, well, it is over. The Baltimore Ravens reminded everyone of that on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a deal with former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil.
If you're trying to figure out exactly what motivated all-time Ravens safety Ed Reed to jump off the Super Bowl bandwagon and sign with the Houston Texans, you should probably consider some other hobby.
When they next take the field for the start of organized team activities, the Ravens will have a significantly different look from the group that beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, on Feb. 3 to capture the second world championship in franchise history.
While team officials have yet to comment on Pollard's release, it continues a trend of offseason activity that has the Ravens' roster — particularly on the defensive side — getting younger, thinner, quieter and in some cases, cheaper.
The NFL offseason heats up on Tuesday when the free agency period begins and the NFL draft will take place next month. In anticipation of those events, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will look at six key positions the Ravens might address in free agency and the NFL draft in the days leading up to the start of free agency. Today, he looks at offensive tackles.
As punter Sam Koch was about to kick to Ginn following a safety, Flacco was telling tight end Dennis Pitta and offensive linemen Marshal Yanda and Matt Birk that they shouldn't let Ginn run down the field. If anyone had followed Flacco's advice and run onto the field from the sideline, it would have been an illegal tackle and would have caused the 49ers to be awarde a touchdown.
Now that quarterback Joe Flacco is poised to become the highest paid player in the NFL by virtue of a $120.6 million contract, the Ravens aren't expected to use the franchise tag on any of their other unrestricted free agents.
Ray Lewis' retirement gives the Ravens back $4.35 million in cap savings while Matt Birk's retirement gives the Ravens back $2.05 million against the salary cap. Lewis had a scheduled $5.4 million base salary, and Birk was due $2.75 million.
It has been more than six weeks since the Baltimore Ravens stunned the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. Memories -- painful ones -- of that double-overtime thriller at Mile High aren¿t fading out in Denver, either. The Denver Post is still writing about that game today. Specifically one unforgettable play.
That understanding stemmed from the Ravens' intention to make Gino Gradkowski their center of the future when they drafted him out of Delaware last year in the fourth round with the 98th overall pick. Now, the future has arrived.
As Sam Koch prepared to boot a free kick to San Francisco 49ers return Ted Ginn Jr., quarterback Joe Flacco encouraged his teammates to run onto the field and tackle Ginn if it looked like he was going to score.
The agent for Ravens free agent quarterback Joe Flacco expressed confidence that he'll resume contract negotiations with team vice president of football of administration Pat Moriarty in the near future.
The Ravens offensive line will face another tough test in the Super Bowl on Sunday. The 49ers have one of the most physical and effective fronts in the NFL, and one of the most feared pass rushers in football in linebacker Aldon Smith, who will be chasing after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco all evening.