Five thoughts on where the Ravens stand before free agency officially begins

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.

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Podcast Episode 40: ‘Tiny’ Tim Jones recounts working with Joe Angel & talks life on the road with the O’s

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Which Raven should receive a contract extension next?

At his first press conference as general manager, Eric DeCosta said that the Baltimore Ravens are in the business of keeping their good football players.

Less than a month removed from making that statement, the Ravens gave cornerback Tavon Young a three-year extension worth $28.5 million. Young is now the highest-paid nickel-back in the NFL.

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