2013: Ravens Key Offseason Moves
Ray Lewis retires
The 17-year veteran and first ballot Hall of Famer Ray Lewis retired after the Ravens Super Bowl win. Lewis was the heart and soul of the defense for more than a decade and the team will miss his leadership.
Ed Reed signs with the Texans
Safety Ed Reed spent 11 years with the Ravens as one of the centerpieces of the defense. He decided not to re-sign with them and moved on to the Houston Texans. The team will miss his ballhawking attitude as he snagged 61 interceptions as a Raven, including one in the Super Bowl.
Anquan Boldin traded to the 49ers
Joe Flacco lost one of his favorite weapons when Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Boldin caught four of Flacco's 11 touchdown passes this postseason. Flacco and the offense will miss Boldin's big play ability.
Bernard Pollard signs with the Titans
The Ravens lost their other safety when Bernard Pollard signed with the Tennessee Titans. The hard-hitter forced a game-changing fumble in the AFC title game to help put the team in the Super Bowl.
Dannell Ellerbe signs with Dolphins
Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe signed a five-year $35 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. He had 142 tackles in four seasons with the Ravens and unfortunately for the Ravens, Ellerbe may have a bright future ahead of him.
Paul Kruger joins Browns
Ravens lost outside linebacker Paul Kruger to division foe Cleveland Browns. Kruger signed a five-year $40 million deal. Last season he registered nine sacks, which was his career-high.
Vonta Leach released
The Ravens were unable to restructure All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach's contract. He was a key component in their run offense. Leach is labeled as arguably the best lead blocker in the league.
Joe Flacco signs contract extension
Ravens locked up their franchise quarterback Joe Flacco with a six-year $120.6 million contract extension. Flacco had one of the best postseasons in NFL history throwing 11 touchdowns and zero turnovers. He is now one of the highest paid players in the league.
Bryant McKinnie re-signs
The Ravens re-signed left tackle Bryant McKinnie to a two-year deal to help protect their $120 million investment. The heaviest left tackle in the league has agreed to lose weight before the season starts to play at a higher level.
Elvis Dumervil signs with Ravens
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil signed a five-year $35 million deal with the Ravens. The eight-year veteran was a sack machine last season with the Denver Broncos registering 11 sacks and should be a great compliment to other outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
Chris Canty joins Ravens
Defensive lineman Chris Canty reached a three-year deal with the team worth $8 million. The Ravens hope that Canty can provide more athleticism and power to their front seven.
Drafting Matt Elam
University of Florida safety Matt Elam was selected by the Ravens with the 32nd pick of the NFL Draft. Elam is a solid tackler as he finished second on his team last season with 76 tackles.