The start of the new league year is upon us.
The tampering period has already begun and on March, 14th at 4:00 p.m. ET, all 2017 players contracts expire and teams can officially sign and seek free agents.
Free agency can be a frenzy, and in the past, the Ravens have casually dipped their toes in the pool.
2018 should be no exception considering the team is in desperate need of weapons.
At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, owner Steve Bisciotti said, "I think that there is a really good chance that we won’t be drafting a defensive tackle in the first round," Bisciotti said. "We will be exploring all options in free agency and in the draft for targets for Joe [Flacco]."
On the flip side, what about current Ravens who are set to hit the open market this week?
The front office will have to decided on the future of nine of their current players.
Many are destined to be let go while others will take more contemplation.
They begun the process last week when they re-signed DE Brent Urban to a one-year deal and on Monday, re-signing OT James Hurst to a four-year, $17.5 million contract.
They have already released right tackle Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead and S Lardarius Webb.
Who else stays and who goes?
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Over two seasons with the Ravens, Wallace had 124 receptions, 209 targets, 1,765 yards and eight touchdowns, making him their No. 1 receiver.
Wallace signed a $11.5 million contract back in 2016, but this offseason money isn't the priority.
The wide receiver is entering his 10th season and has yet to win a Super Bowl. Where he lands in 2018 will be very dependent on where he feels like he can win a championship.
I have made a lot of money, Wallace said. You are not going to play for pennies, but at the same time, that [money] is not the most important thing to me. I want to win. That is going to be my key, just putting myself in the best situation that I can to win a Super Bowl. Hopefully it is here, but like I said, football is business. You never know how things are going to go.
Wallace is clearly the teams most reliable receiver. If they are looking to keep one of their own, he's their best option.
After signing a two-year deal worth $7 million, Watson missed the 2016 season with injury. But in 2017, the 37-year old had 61 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns.
The TE has mentioned that he is mulling retirement and the Ravens will most likely want to make room for a free agent TE like Jimmy Graham.
The center should be at the top of the re-sign list, but keeping him could be costly.
Jensen took over center when John Urschel abruptly retired Day 1 of training camp, and since then, he's had quite an effect.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jensen had the highest single game run-blocking grade among centers in 2017 at 97 percent in Week 5 and was the 13th-best center in the league.
The 26-year old signed a 1-year, $1.8 million contract last year and with the combination of talent and age, Jensen could get a sizable contract elsewhere.
“It’s been an awesome five years and I hope to be back here, but I’m going to see where life takes me," Jensen said. "I’m going to go with the ebbs and flows of life.”
The one major roadblock for the Ravens is their cap flexibility in 2018, which they've been creating room for by releasing free agents right tackle Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead and safety Lardarius Webb.
The Towson grad only played five games in 2017 after suffering a calf injury brining his season to a halt. In stepped Alex Collins who became the teams leading rusher.
West earned $1.79 million in 2017, but the Ravens have a lot of depth at running back in Alex Collins, Buck Allen and Kenneth Dixon, who is expected to return after suffering a torn meniscus. An interesting running back competition could be brewing.
It's been reported that the Ravens are interested in re-signing the WR and punt returner.
Campanaro finished 2017 with 19 receptions, 27 targets, 173 yards and one touchdown. Injuries have been an issue for Campanaro over the years, but he led the AFC in punt returns last year.
The Silver Spring native signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal in 2017 and a similar deal could be expected.
It has also been reported that the Ravens have spoken to Gillmore about returning.
Gillmore's experience comes at tight end, but it seems as if he will be transitioning to offensive line. The 26-year old missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing MCL surgery and only played seven games in 2016. Injury, too, has tampered with his potential.
Gillmore signed a four-year contract worth $2 million and some change back in 2014. A short-term deal could also be expected for Gillmore considering the team doesn't know how he'll fare on the O-line.
Other minor free agents:
Steven Johnson: The LB made appearances in 11 games with only five tackles. He's currently on a one-year, $775,000 deal.
Brandon Boykin: The Ravens signed the CB in June of 2017 and he spent the entire season on IR. Baltimore was his fifth team in two-years. Boykin was on a one-year, $775,000 deal.
Luke Bowanko: The center was traded to the Ravens from the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick back in September of 2017. Bowanko played in 16 games for the Ravens, only starting in one. If Ryan Jensen goes elsewhere, Bowanko will become very valuable. He can also shift to right guard or left guard.