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Welcome to Episode 63 of the Charm City Bird Watch Podcast with Jake McDonnell, Nolan McGraw, and Ian Schultz.
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The start of NFL free agency doesn’t officially begin until the first minute of the 2019 league calendar, which is tomorrow (Wednesday, March 13) at 4:00 pm. Teams will not officially announce signings for unrestricted free agents (UFA’s) until that time, but several agreements are reportedly in-place with a handful of big names linked to the Baltimore Ravens.
First-year General Manager Eric Decosta, in preparation for this week, made several moves to help free up some salary cap space. Releasing Michael Crabtree and Eric Weddle saved the Ravens $15.2 million against the cap, and $10.5 million more will be opened up once Joe Flacco is officially dealt to the Denver Broncos tomorrow.
Knowing that a handful of players would likely find new homes for 2019 and beyond, DeCosta followed up on his goal of retaining young talent by re-signing Nick Boyle to a team-friendly deal and awarding Tavon Young a contract extension. Based on what’s transpired so far this week, DeCosta had the right idea.
The Baltimore Ravens have had a busy offseason to this point. Business figures to pick up again this Wednesday when the free agency doors open and the 2019 league year officially begins.
In addition to all the moves detailed in the piece linked above, the Ravens announced a three-year, $18 million extension last Friday with blocking tight end Nick Boyle. Boyle figures to be the team’s third tight end on the depth chart, but the primary blocking tight end. With the switch to an offense centered around the running game, Boyle was a huge piece for the Ravens to keep.
The Ravens still have quite a few holes to fill as Wednesday approaches. The draft certainly represents an opportunity to fill some of these but if the Ravens are looking for proven commodities, free agency will be the place to strike.