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2011 NFL Offseason: Baltimore Ravens

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2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
RB Ricky Williams, FB Vonta Leach, WR Lee Evans, C Casey Rabach, SS Bernard Pollard.
Early Draft Picks:
CB Jimmy Smith, WR Torrey Smith, OT Jah Reid, WR Tandon Doss, CB Chykie Brown, DE/DT Pernell McPhee, QB Tyrod Taylor.
Offseason Losses:
QB Marc Bulger, RB Willis McGahee, FB Le'Ron McClain, WR Derrick Mason, TE Todd Heap, OT Jared Gaither, G/C Chris Chester, NT Kelly Gregg, CB Josh Wilson, CB Fabian Washington, SS Dawan Landry.

2011 Baltimore Ravens Offense:
If Joe Flacco wants to take the next step as an NFL quarterback, he'll have to beat Ben Roethlisberger. That may sound simple reading it on the computer screen, but Flacco has never done it. He's 0-6 against the Steelers when Big Ben is under center.

Of course, it's difficult to just blame Flacco for his failure to beat a divisional rival quarterback. In their last meeting, Baltimore wideouts dropped passes left and right in the second half. Unfortunately for the Ravens, their receiving corps is actually worse this year. Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, two of Flacco's favorite targets, are both gone.

Anquan Boldin will need to rebound off a horrible 2010 campaign in which he averaged just 33.7 yards per game in the final nine weeks. This wasn't just a tough transition into the offense; Boldin looked old, sluggish and slow, and couldn't get separation against anyone. Turning 31 in October, Boldin could be finished.

Speaking of old, sluggish and slow, those adjectives would also describe Lee Evans, who was acquired for a fourth-round pick. Evans has been a great deep threat over the years whose talents were wasted in Buffalo, but he doesn't have his elite speed anymore.

Save for Ray Rice, who may reach close to 80 receptions again, Flacco's other targets include rookie wideouts Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss, and second-year tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. Though Pitta was solid in his preseason debut, none of these players have done anything in the NFL, making Flacco's quest to vanquish Roethlisberger a taxing one.

One area where Baltimore has improved offensively is the rushing attack. Its big signing this offseason was fullback Vonta Leach, one of the best run-blockers in the business. Leach's presence could allow Rice to lead the NFL in total yards from scrimmage, assuming newly signed Ricky Williams doesn't take away too many touches.

Rice's YPC plummeted from 5.3 in 2009 to 4.0 in 2010 because the offensive line missed mauling right tackle Jared Gaither, who dealt with a back injury that still hasn't gone away. Third-round rookie Jah Reid is expected to start at the position, which could prove to be disastrous against a defense like Pittsburgh's. Reid struggled in his preseason debut at Philadelphia.

The other four linemen return, thanks in part to the release of Mason, Heap and Kelly Gregg. Baltimore was able to use some of this cap space to re-sign guard Marshal Yanda, an exceptional run-blocker. Left guard Ben Grubbs is also very good, while 35-year-old center Matt Birk will try not to regress off a brilliant 2010 campaign. As for the blind side, Michael Oher was abysmal after a promising rookie season. Oher was guilty of 13 penalties and nine sacks, so to quote Greg Cox, perhaps Oher needs another pep talk from Sandra Bullock.



2011 Baltimore Ravens Defense:
This could be it for Ray Lewis. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer told the media that he plans to retire if the Ravens walk away with the Lombardi Trophy this season, explaining that he wants to be there for his son, who is now a junior in high school. Lewis will be missed by everyone who doesn't live in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Even the players won't want to see him go, as they ranked him third in NFL.com's extremely flawed top 100 list this offseason.

While Lewis gets all the acclaim - and he certainly deserves a lot of it because of how great of a leader he is - Jarret Johnson is the top linebacker on Baltimore's roster. Johnson is a three-down, do-it-all defender manning the strongside position. He's exceptional in run support and very effective in coverage. Hopefully he'll finally get noticed by the national media this year. Rounding out the linebacking corps is the solid, but unspectacular Jameel McClain.

Lewis isn't nearly as good as he once was, but he's still a very solid player. He is better than he looks though because of a stout front four. Haloti Ngata is a top-three defensive tackle in the NFL. Not only does he completely clog running lanes; he also provides a solid pass rush, as he generated 5.5 sacks in 2010. With Kelly Gregg gone, Ngata will be paired next to last year's second-round pick, Terrence Cody, who stopped the run pretty well in limited action as a rookie.

On the outside, Terrell Suggs enjoyed a rebound 2010 campaign after struggling the season before, piling up 11 sacks in the regular season and five in two playoff contests. Suggs is currently slated to play across from left end Arthur Jones, who has passed Cory Redding on the depth chart during training camp. Jones was once considered a borderline first-round prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft, but fell because of injury issues. It appears as though he's over them.

If Jones pans out, the only real hole on Baltimore's defense is at strong safety, vacated by Dawan Landry, who signed with Jacksonville. Tom Zbikowski will get first crack at the job, but he'll receive some competition from Bernard Pollard and Haruki "Hiro" Nakamura. As Texans fans know, Pollard is completely lost in coverage. It's a good thing though that Ed Reed is returning for another season, though the All-Pro safety turns 33 on Sept. 11.

The Ravens lost a starting cornerback in Josh Wilson, but they are still loaded at the position. Chris Carr, who should be one of the starters, just re-signed with the team for a 4-year deal. Lardarius Webb, who performed well down the stretch last season, could be in the mix for the other job unless ultra-talented first-round rookie Jimmy Smith passes him on the depth chart. Domonique Foxworth, another extremely skilled corner, will also fight for a starting gig, though he's been hampered by his surgically repaired knee in training camp.



2011 Baltimore Ravens Schedule and Intangibles:
The Haves and the Have Nots of the NFL are separated this season by teams who have retained most of their personnel and coaching staff, and those that have failed to do so. Count Baltimore into the former category.

Baltimore had kicking issues in 2009, but Billy Cundiff brought some stability to the position last year, nailing 26-of-29 attempts. He failed on his only try from 50-plus, however, and he's just 1-of-7 from that distance since 2004.

Sam Koch had a decent 2009 campaign, maintaining a 43.6-yard average with an impressive 39-of-81 kicks inside the 20.

The Ravens are mediocre on punt returns, but kickoff specialist David Reed led the NFL with a 29.3 average in 2010. He scored a touchdown in the process. The Ravens struggled to defend returns, but didn't allow a score.

Baltimore's is screwed over by this second-place schedule. While it still gets an elite AFC East team (Jets), it has to play the Chargers instead of the Chiefs. Pittsburgh has the luxury of beating up on Kansas City. Even still, the Ravens' schedule isn't too taxing; easy opponents include Tennessee, Jacksonville, Arizona, Seattle, San Francisco, and Cincinnati twice.



2011 Baltimore Ravens Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
Secondary
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams
Receivers
Linebackers
Coaching


2011 Baltimore Ravens Analysis: Aside from its offensive line and receiving corps, this Baltimore team is loaded, but it has to be brought to attention again. Joe Flacco is 0-6 against Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens have to slay their dragon if they're going to take the next step as a franchise. If they finally manage to dispatch Big Ben and the Steelers, there's a very good chance that Ray Lewis will be watching his son play high school football next year with a second Super Bowl ring on his finger.

Projection: 11-5 (2nd in AFC North)


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Re: Ron 05-02-2014 03:51 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 1)
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Honestly Ron, I've had this conversation numerous times with my Dallas/Atlanta friends. Basically every argument comes down to regular season success vs postseason success. Dallas and Atlanta fans seem satisfied with hanging their hat on the regular season success of their QBs, while Ravens and Giants fans prefer postseason success and clutch throws from their QBs. It completely depends on what you prefer as a fan. Flacco may not put up gaudy stats, but he makes clutch throws in the biggest games, a trait that is lacking from Ryan/Romo's resume.
Ron 04-14-2014 11:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx.178 (total posts: 1)
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Re:Re:Mr. Money, Lesser QBs? You say that like it's obvious or something. Some of the guys you just mentioned (Excluding Jay Cutler, and Tony Romo) consistently post better passing numbers than Flacco and it's not even close. Stafford and Ryan are always league leaders and run offenses that at times seem unstoppable. Flacco may have won a Super Bowl, but then last year he just returned to mediocre form. He's not consistent. He's basically another Trent Dilfer. There's no shame in that, but he's not better than 2 of the league's best playmakers.
Re: @Re. Mr. Money 03-24-2014 04:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 2)
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They did indeed enter the 2014 season with ~28 million in cap space. This was after cutting Leach and McClain and extending Suggs, and before the Pitta resigning. Here is a quote from March 2 from an article discussing our cap situation at that time:

"According to Over the Cap, the Ravens had $28 million of salary cap space to work with following those moves."

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1970746-breaking-down-ravens-salary-cap-situation-heading-into-nfl-free-agency

They then signed Pitta, Monroe, Jacoby, Smith, and some other guys. After the Zuttah trade, they now have just under 5 million. Zuttah may also be extended, freeing up some cap space.

My point was that Flacco's contract in no way hindered the Ravens from making offseason moves, as Mr. Money had suggested. Quite the contrary, it allowed them to resign Monroe, Pitta, and everyone else important.
@Re: Mr. Money 03-23-2014 09:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.160 (total posts: 1)
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How do you figure $28 million cap space? I would love it if we did have that much, but from what I've heard it's more like 4 mil. http://overthecap.com/calculator/?Team=Ravens
Re: Mr. Money 03-23-2014 12:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 2)
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The Ravens entered the 2014 off-season with about $28 million of cap space, so Flacco's cap hit of 14.8 million hasn't really been an inhibiting factor.

To the uninformed fan, Flacco's $120 million is a seemingly astronomical figure, yet the guaranteed money of $52 million is on-par with lesser QBs like Tony Romo (6yr/108mil/55gtd), Matt Ryan (6yr/104mil/59gtd), Matt Stafford (5yr ,76.5million,41.5gtd), Jay Cutler (7yr,126.7,54gtd).

Now that the rookie pay scale is in full effect, veterans are going to get paid more money especially at the QB position. Flacco, Romo, Ryan, Stafford, and Cutler are just the first wave to take advantage of this new pay scale. To judge any non-rookie contracts in this day and age by comparing numbers to older contracts is simply a failure to take into account the changing financial landscape of the NFL.

Also keep in mind Flacco was an unrestricted FA coming off a SB MVP season in which he set record postseason numbers at the QB position (4 games: 73 for 126, 1,140 yards, 11 TD : 0 INT, 57.9 completion %, 9.0 YPC, 117.2 passer rating); this team was not going to let him go, and franchising him would have ruined their ability to participate in free-agency that year.

Finally, Flacco had a disappointing season the following year, but you would be remiss to not contribute some of the failure to the O-line. The O-line was composed of 3 starters among the bottom 15 at their position (per PFF), and the running game was averaging 3.1 ypc beind this O-line. Exacerbating the problem was the loss of Pitta, their only real chain-mover when entering the season. These problems will hopefully be mollified through the draft, FA, and with the presence of superior playcalling by our new OC, Gary Kubiak.
Mr. Money 03-20-2014 02:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.167 (total posts: 1)
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The Ravens main problem is money. They gave way too much of it to Joe Flacco. Flacco is obviously not on the same level as the people who are paid the kind of money he earns. If you cut his deal of $120 million, $52 million guaranteed in half it would have been fair. I know that extending him would have been pretty impossible if they were negotiating that amount, but the fact is they rushed the deal. The timing of it was so terrible. He just came off a hot 4 game span meaning that the expectations were higher than the mediocre play that he had the rest off his career. If you look at what he did the rest of that season it wasn't that great. In contrast, Drew Brees signed a very similar contract, but threw 1360 yards and 21 TDs more than Flacco that season. Comparing it to other season performances by Brees, Brady, Manning, and Rodgers (Who all have around $100 million contracts) the deficit is just about as large. It isn't rocket science to figure out that Flacco is not as good as those guys. Waiting a year to extend Flacco would have been the smarter move in hindsight. Instead they gave him $52 million guaranteed. Now that he's 29, nearing 30, and declining. If the Ravens need to cut him loose they can't because then they would have gigantic dead money. Worst contract in franchise history. Basically, Flacco is overrated, overpaid, and for what remains of his career he will weigh the Ravens down more than he will help them. That is from a completely objective and financial standpoint because I'm really indifferent about this team anyways.
Calamity 03-05-2014 10:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 1)
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Really Walther...Jim Harbaugh is on the other side of the country in the other conference.
Matt Elam 03-01-2014 12:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 1)
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I wouldn't say he disappointed. He was playing out of position as we had nobody on our roster that played like a FS. He actually improved as the year went on too. If we get a FS so he can be a SS, he will be much better.
alec baldwin's hair 02-11-2014 01:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.17 (total posts: 1)
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i wonder how long to you realize flacco didn't deserve that albatross of a contract and it was your D and a lucky WR signing that won the SB

ironic flacco will sink the ravens
Baron 02-08-2014 12:25 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.18 (total posts: 1)
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Just needed to speak up that I saying Ihedigbo was a weak spot is just looking for a scapegoat without any analysis. Ihedigbo had some mistakes, but was incredible this year despite his deficiencies in previous years at the position. Ihedigbo really dominated some games and the secondary was great. The front was ok, but couldn't force as much pressure as was expected later. Elam was fine as well, but it's likely they slide Elam into Strong Safety next year and Omar Brown or someone new takes the FS spot.
Allen 02-07-2014 09:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.40 (total posts: 1)
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You know, if you actually spent more time proof-reading your work instead of running that Greg "Mr. Dependable" Little joke into the ground or treating Michael Vick like he's Voldemort (he whose name cannot be spoken), you would realize that JOHN Harbaugh is the Raven's head coach, not Jim. Just throwing that out there.
Miho 01-02-2014 02:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.123 (total posts: 1)
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YOU ARE A MORON. Not a Ravens fan at all but drawing a red line on an image in a satright line and having the ball on the other side of that red line is not evidence AT ALL.. That photo has no sense of depth of where the football is, maybe by the time the ball is on the other side of that line the ball had already gone through the uprights. But you can't tell that from the photo or the video..Stupid people are stupid
Erwin 01-02-2014 04:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.32 (total posts: 1)
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I dunno the numbers QBs are getitng paid now are becoming truly crippling to their franchises, I wouldn't be surprised if a QB like Rodgers takes the sensible approach and only opts to make a ridiculous some of money rather than a ludicrous sum. To the TRULY elite QBs, getitng paid isn't nearly as important as their legacy. Rodgers could be HoF bound so he needs good players around him to try and cement it. Flacco takes the money because he knows he's just pulled one over on the Ravens and with how mediocre he is he knows he'll never be in Canton! :D Of all the -ocres, he's the mediest. I'd put him on the same level I put Schaub. Then again Rodgers does look a food with his discount double check maybe he is ruled by the dollar *shrugs*
Jacoby Jones 12-05-2013 07:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx46.8 (total posts: 1)
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Alright, it's 2014. You don't have the money to pay me so I'm gone. Later Bmore
zimmerman 07-26-2013 02:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx.199 (total posts: 1)
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ray lewis is a filthy ape





2011 NFL Draft Grades:

Ozzie Newsome is one of the NFL's top general managers. He churns out great draft classes every year, and 2011 looks like another winner.

The Ravens had to find help at receiver, cornerback and right tackle. They did so by drafting great values, for the most part. Jimmy Smith has Nnamdi Asomugha-type talent, and could thrive in a strong locker room like Baltimore's. Torrey Smith, meanwhile, was projected by some to be a late first-round pick. He was a steal at No. 58.

The only move I didn't really understand was the trade up for Jah Reid. I don't get why Newsome surrendered a draft pick to move up five spots for someone most considered a reach at the end of Round 3.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: A



2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

27. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
This is going to be a weird grade. Jimmy Smith has Nnamdi Asomugha-type talent. He would be a top-10 pick if it weren't for character concerns. But he should be OK in Baltimore with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed watching over him. So, based on that alone, this grade would be an A.

However, Baltimore let the clock expire. What if some team stepped in and grabbed Smith? That was pretty irresponsible and very uncharacteristic of Ozzie Newsome.

** Note: It's now clear that the Bears were at fault for the delay. I'm moving this back to an A from a C. (Pick Grade: A)

58. Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Ravens need to stretch the field, so they were going to take Torrey Smith or Titus Young with this selection. Smith is a great fit. His only issue are his small hands, but otherwise, he's a solid prospect who could have gone much higher than this. (Pick Grade: A)

85. Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida
The Ravens traded up for Jah Reid? Like anyone was going to take Reid in the 85-89 range? Reid fills a need as a bookend across from Michael Oher, but he's a reach at No. 85. (Pick Grade: C)

123. Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana
I figured the Ravens were going to double dip at receiver. Tandon Doss was widely considered a third-round prospect, so Baltimore is getting great value at the bottom of Round 4. (Pick Grade: A)

164. Chykie Brown, CB, Texas
Chykie Brown fits the range at the bottom of Round 5. Corner depth is a big need, so it's no surprise to see Baltimore double dip at the position. (Pick Grade: B)

165. Pernell McPhee, DE/DT, Mississippi State
Pernell McPhee is a steal with the final pick of the fifth round. He could have easily been chosen in the bottom half of Round 3. McPhee addresses a need; he could compete for a starting spot on the defensive line. (Pick Grade: A)

180. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech
Tyrod Taylor was expected to go in Rounds 4-5, so the Ravens are getting good value in the middle of the sixth. He's a nice developmental project behind Joe Flacco. (Pick Grade: B)

225. Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
A bigger back to replace Willis McGahee. Ozzie Newsome makes yet another solid choice. (Pick Grade: B)





Season Summary:
The Ravens had the Steelers right where they wanted them - up 21-7 in the second half, all Baltimore had to do was take care of the football and convert some third downs. Three turnovers later, Pittsburgh had the lead. Baltimore fans have to be wondering if/when Joe Flacco will take the next step and finally beat Ben Roethlisberger.




Offseason Moves:
  • Ravens acquire WR Lee Evans from Bills for 4th-round pick
  • Chiefs sign OT Jared Gaither
  • Ravens sign RB Ricky Williams
  • Ravens sign TE Kris Wilson
  • Ravens sign TE Jonathan Stupar
  • Jets sign WR Derrick Mason
  • Ravens sign FB Jason McKie
  • Ravens sign SS Bernard Pollard
  • Chiefs sign FB Le'Ron McClain
  • Ravens announce retirement of QB Marc Bulger
  • Ravens sign C Casey Rabach
  • Ravens sign FB Vonta Leach
  • Cardinals sign TE Todd Heap
  • Saints sign CB Fabian Washington
  • Ravens re-sign CB Chris Carr
  • Chiefs sign NT Kelly Gregg
  • Raiders sign OT Jared Gaither
  • Ravens re-sign RB Jalen Parmele
  • Ravens re-sign WR Marcus Smith
  • Ravens cut NT Lamar Divens
  • Broncos sign RB Willis McGahee
  • Redskins sign G/C Chris Chester
  • Redskins sign CB Josh Wilson
  • Ravens re-sign OLB Prescott Burgess
  • Ravens sign C Tim Barnes
  • Ravens cut RB Willis McGahee
  • Ravens cut NT Kelly Gregg
  • Ravens cut TE Todd Heap
  • Ravens cut WR Derrick Mason
  • Ravens sign RB Damien Berry
  • Ravens franchise NT Haloti Ngata
  • Ravens re-sign P Sam Koch


    Offseason Needs:
    1. Wide Receiver: The playoff loss to the Steelers made it pretty apparent that Joe Flacco and Ray Rice need a deep-threat receiver to stretch the offense. Titus Young makes sense in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss; traded for Lee Evans

    2. Defensive End: Cory Redding played well against the Steelers - way to be the only player to notice that Ben Roethlisberger fumbled - but he had a pretty pedestrian year overall. Allen Bailey makes sense with the 26th overall pick in April's draft. Drafted Pernell McPhee

    3. Cornerback: Three of Baltimore's top four cornerbacks - Chris Carr, Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington - are all free agents this offseason. Washington won't be back for sure, but if either Carr or Wilson leaves, Ozzie Newsome will need to find some help at this position. Re-signed Chris Carr; drafted Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown

    4. Inside Linebacker: The Ravens should obtain some competition for Jameel McClain. Ray Lewis will be 36 in May, so Baltimore will need to find a successor as well. Signed Mark Herzlich

    5. Right Tackle: With Marshal Yanda headed for free agency, the Ravens will need help at right tackle, assuming Jared Gaither can't bounce back from his back injury. Joseph Barksdale would be a great Day 2 draft selection for obvious reasons. Drafted Jah Reid

    6. Right Guard: Chris Chester is another offensive line free agent who will have to be replaced if he signs elsewhere. Marshal Yanda can play right guard if Gaither returns (assuming Yanda is re-signed). Re-signed Marshal Yanda








    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Vonta Leach, FB, Texans. Age: 29.
      Signed with Ravens (3 years, $11 million)

      Vonta Leach is one of the NFL's top run-blocking fullbacks. Arian Foster's stats will plummet if Leach isn't retained.

    2. Bernard Pollard, SS, Texans. Age: 26.
      Signed with Ravens (2 years)

      Bernard Pollard is a tremendous run-stuffer, but really struggles in coverage at times.

    3. Ricky Williams, RB, Dolphins. Age: 34.
      Signed with Ravens (2 years)

      Ricky Williams averaged 4.2 yards per carry behind a mediocre offensive line in 2010. He still has some value as a No. 2 back.

    4. Casey Rabach, C, Redskins. Age: 33. -- Signed with Ravens (2 years)
    5. Tim Barnes, C, Missouri. Age: 23. -- Signed with Ravens
    6. Kris Wilson, TE, Chargers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Ravens
    7. Jonathan Stupar, TE, Bills. Age: 27. -- Signed with Ravens



    Baltimore Ravens Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. Haloti Ngata, DT, Ravens. Age: 27.
      Franchised by Ravens

      Haloti Ngata is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the NFL. If the Ravens don't want to pay him top dollar, pretty much every other team in the NFL will be lining up for his services.

    2. Marshal Yanda, OT/G, Ravens. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Ravens (5 years, $32 million)

      Marshal Yanda had a very good season, surrendering only four sacks. He's capable of playing both right tackle and guard effectively, so that versatility should help him this offseason.

    3. Dawan Landry, SS, Ravens. Age: 28.
      Signed with Jaguars

      Already a terrific run-support safety, Dawan Landry improved his coverage skills this past season.

    4. Sam Koch, P, Ravens. Age: 29.
      Re-signed with Ravens (5 years)

      Sam Koch averaged 43.6 yards per punt despite drilling 39 of his 81 kicks inside the 20.

    5. Chris Carr, CB, Ravens. Age: 28.
      Re-signed with Ravens (4 years)

      Chris Carr unexpectedly emerged as Baltimore's top cornerback this season. Just in time for a new contract too...

    6. Josh Wilson, CB, Ravens. Age: 26.
      Signed with Redskins

      Josh Wilson was a pleasant surprise for the Ravens this season, as he came out of nowhere to become a reliable starter for them.

    7. Le'Ron McClain, FB, Ravens. Age: 26.
      Signed with Chiefs

      Le'Ron McClain's carries, YPC and effectiveness as a run-blocker dropped off a bit in 2010. He wants to be a bigger part of the offense.

    8. Jared Gaither, OT, Ravens. Age: 25.
      Signed with Chiefs

      Jared Gaither is a very talented offensive tackle, but he missed all 2010 with a serious back injury. Back problems don't go away very easily, so it's possible that Gaither may never be 100 percent again.

    9. Willis McGahee, RB, Ravens. Age: 29.
      Signed with Broncos (4 years, $10 million)

      Ray Rice's touchdown vulture is finally gone. Willis McGahee turns 30 in October, but he's carried the ball only 378 times in the previous three seasons, so he could sign somewhere like Miami or Denver and earn a starting gig. McGahee is also an effective pass-catching option, so he could be a very effective second option to Steven Jackson or Michael Turner.

    10. Chris Chester, G, Ravens. Age: 28.
      Signed with Redskins (5 years, $20 million)

      Chris Chester didn't enjoy a good postseason, but otherwise had a pretty decent 2010 campaign.

    11. Kelly Gregg, NT, Ravens. Age: 34.
      Signed with Chiefs (1 year)

      Though Kelly Gregg turns 35 in November, he's still an effective two-down run-stuffer. He's expected to re-sign with the Ravens at a lower price.

    12. Marc Bulger, QB, Ravens. Age: 35.
      Announced retirement

      A year off from football is exactly what Marc Bulger needed. If his next team has a good offensive line, Bulger could recapture some of his early-2000s magic.

    13. Todd Heap, TE, Ravens. Age: 31.
      Signed with Cardinals (2 years)

      Todd Heap could be brought back to Baltimore at a cheaper price, but he's obviously a declining player who will only lose time to Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta despite the fact that he hauled in 10 receptions in a victory over Kansas City in the playoffs.

    14. Derrick Mason, WR, Ravens. Age: 37.
      Signed with Jets (1 year)

      Despite his age, Derrick Mason is a solid No. 2 possession wideout, serving as Joe Flacco's favorite receiver. It'll be surprising if the Ravens don't bring Mason back at a cheaper price - though there's always the possibility that Mason retires, which is something he's been threatening to do for quite some time.

    15. Jameel McClain (ERFA), ILB, Ravens. Age: 26.
      Jameel McClain is serviceable as Baltimore's two-down inside linebacker next to Ray Lewis, but can be upgraded.

    16. Tom Zbikowski, S, Ravens. Age: 26.
      Tom Zbikowski did a decent job filling in for Ed Reed before suffering an injury of his own (back).

    17. Fabian Washington, CB, Ravens. Age: 28.
      Signed with Saints (1 year)

      Fabian Washington has the talent to start in this league, but hasn't been able to stay healthy.

    18. Dannell Ellerbe (ERFA), ILB, Ravens. Age: 25.
    19. Tavares Gooden (RFA), ILB, Ravens. Age: 26.
    20. Haruki "Hiro" Nakamura, S, Ravens. Age: 25.
    21. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Ravens. Age: 33.
    22. Oniel Cousins, OT, Ravens. Age: 27.
    23. Jalen Parmele, RB, Ravens. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Ravens
    24. Tony Moll, OT, Ravens. Age: 28.
    25. Prescott Burgess, OLB, Ravens. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Ravens (1 year)
    26. Lamar Divens, NT, Ravens. Age: 25.
    27. Cary Williams, CB, Ravens. Age: 26.
    28. Bryan Mattison, G, Ravens. Age: 27.
    29. Kelly Talavou, NT, Ravens. Age: 26.
    30. Matt Lawrence (ERFA), RB, Ravens. Age: 26.
    31. Jason McKie, FB, Ravens. Age: 31.


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    Divisional Rival History:
    Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis owns his former team, claiming six of the past nine meetings.
    Cleveland Browns: The old Browns have beaten the new Browns in the past six matchups.
    Pittsburgh Steelers: Joe Flacco is 0-6 against Ben Roethlisberger.



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