The Ravens made their first big splash in free agency on Wednesday afternoon by signing veteran safety Earl Thomas to a four-year deal worth $55 million.
As usual, the free agency period opened this week with many flashy signings and trades. For Baltimore, the first few hours of free agency were all about departures as the Ravens saw C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, and John Brown all walk away for bigger contracts with other teams. All three of these losses were somewhat expected for different reasons, but it still left the Ravens depleted on day one with their work cut out for them.
The Ravens offseason continued to heat up on Tuesday afternoon when it was reported that they would be releasing their veteran safety Eric Weddle.
The move comes about a week after the Ravens released veteran receiver Michael Crabtree, freeing up over $4 million in cap space. It’s easy to assume that the Weddle release is being done for similar reasons. The 12-year veteran was set to enter the final year of his contract but the Ravens will now save $7.5 million toward their cap by releasing him.
Following the end of the 2018 season Weddle was quickly fielding questions about his future. He initially stated he would either play out the final year of his contract in Baltimore or retire if the team wanted to move on. As weeks passed Weddle’s tone appeared to change and he started to entertain the idea of playing for another team.
I didn’t read too much into this change of heart considering his first answer came very shortly after an emotional playoff loss to his former team. In addition to that, Weddle is a hardcore competitor. It’s not surprising to see him eager to keep playing football considering he has maintained good health over the last three seasons.
After six rounds and seven picks, the Ravens are done drafting. Now that the draft is over, how to you feel about it?
Here is a list of the Ravens’ 2017 draft picks:
- Pick #16 (Round 1): Marlon Humphrey – cornerback – Alabama
- Pick #47 (Round 2): Tyus Bowser – outside linebacker – Houston
- Pick #74 (Round 3): Chris Wormley – defensive tackle – Michigan
- Pick #78 (Round 3): Tim Williams – outside linebacker – Alabama
- Pick #122 (Round 4): Nico Siragusa – guard – San Diego State
- Pick #159 (Round 5): Jermaine Eluemunor – guard – Texas A&M
- Pick #168 (Round 6): Chuck Clark – safety – Virginia Tech
On this episode of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast, Jake McDonnell and Tyler Feeser talk about how these seven picks shape the 2017 Ravens. What is there to like about what the Ravens did? What are some areas of concern for the team going forward? With so much information stemming from the three-day draft, this discussion is what you need to hear.
Following the draft talk, Jake gets Tyler’s take on the Orioles after a month of play.
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