ESPN's Bill Barnwell released a big-picture look into how each organization did during their acquisition period of the offseason. Factoring in aspects such as roster, cap situation, future draft capital at the beginning of the offseason to what teams have in mid-May, team needs, as well as many other factors, the list is quite intriguing.
According to Barnwell, the Ravens had the 18th best offseason in the NFL. Here are three reasons for their rank in his list:
The additions of NFL veterans like former Jacksonville Jaguars star, Calais Campbell, and former Denver Broncos' defensive end, Derek Wolfe, this Ravens defensive line is hopefully on pace to remain consistent after moving on from interior lineman, Michael Pierce. Barnwell, amongst many others, loved the selection of LSU's stud linebacker, Patrick Queen, to replace 4x Pro-Bowler C.J. Mosley. "Baltimore has found its long-term replacement for Mosley," he said.
The Ravens, Barnwell noted, have built out a "devastating defensive line," in the offseason, which earned them high marks.
Pass Rusher(s) Needed
Baltimore hasn't reached a deal with Matthew Judon, which means it's likely he'll sign an extension with the club any time soon (he hasn't even signed the tag). However, Barnwell says "even if Judon returns, they could still use another pass-rusher."
Insert Jadeveon Clowney. Will Baltimore pursue the pass-rusher? Probably not, Barnwell believes.
"Clowney might be too rich for their blood," he said. "Although I'd love to see them use what will likely be the last bargain year on Lamar Jackson's deal to stretch Clowney onto their roster."
Oliver Vernon? Ziggy Ansah? Older options, as well as shells of themselves, so the Ravens will probably roll with who they have.
Ronnie Stanley is due for a payday soon, and with the record-setting contract Houston Texans Laremy Tunsil just signed, the Ravens might have to once again reset the market and pay up -- big time.
Stanley may also hold the keys to Baltimore getting the pass rusher they need, according to Barnwell.
"If the team can bring Stanley's 2020 cap figure down from $12.9 million," he said, "it might have just enough space for Clowney."
All in all, with the Ravens being a pillar of consistency in the NFL, especially when it comes to the draft, Barnwell had high praise for their offseason moves - even if it didn't get them very high on the list.
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