Around this time last week, the legal tampering period began in the NFL Free Agency frenzy. The first wave of free agency was not kind to the Ravens as Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, John Brown, and Za’Darius Smith all found new homes in a very short period of time.
Eric DeCosta and company responded by signing the top free agent on the market in former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Thomas will fill the free safety role vacated when the Ravens chose to part ways with veteran safety Eric Weddle two weeks ago. DeCosta also brought in former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to help bolster what promises to be a dominant rushing attack. Special teams ace Justin Bethel rounded out the Ravens additions so far.
With the NFL Draft quickly approaching on April 25, the Ravens have some holes to fill as they head into the draft process. Here are some targets the Ravens should consider to bolster their roster in free agency before the draft arrives in a month or so.
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.
Eric DeCosta officially took over the General Manager role of the Baltimore Ravens on January 11, 2019.
DeCosta, 47, took over for former general manager Ozzie Newsome after consistently turning down offers from other teams. DeCosta spurned the Indianaplois Colts, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and most notably the Green Bay Packers in patiently waiting for his opportunity to come in Baltimore.