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Who stays and who goes? Looking at Ravens hitting free agency market

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Who stays and who goes? Looking at Ravens hitting free agency market

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? 


Mike Wallace: 

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. 

Benjamin Watson: 

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. 


Ryan Jensen: 

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.

Terrance West:

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. 

Michael Campanaro: 

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.

Crockett Gillmore:

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.


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.



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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.