Offseason Overview: New Look Ravens Hoping to Fly High in 2008

Boller looks to be the starter

Franchise Player: LB Terrell Suggs (tendered at $8.065M).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• S Gerome Sapp is an average backup and dependable special teams player; not a priority.

• RB Musa Smith has not developed into a starting running back but he is an average third-down back; he could return in a backup role.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• LB Brendon Ayanbadejo: UFA Bears; $4.9M/4 yrs, $1.9M SB.

• S Jim Leonhard: Not tendered as RFA by Bills; terms unknown.

• CB Frank Walker: UFA Packers; $3.5M/2 yrs, $1.25M SB; 2008 cap: $1.275M.

• CB Fabian Washington (trade Raiders).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• G Jason Brown: RFA; tendered at $1.47M; terms unknown.

• DT Amon Gordon: Not tendered as ERFA; terms unknown.

• FB Justin Green: RFA, tendered at $927,000; terms unknown.

• LB Nick Greisen: UFA; $4M/3 yrs, $1M SB.

• DE Edgar Jones: ERFA; terms unknown.

• LS Matt Katula: RFA; tendered at $927,000; terms unknown.

• LB Robert McCune: ERFA; terms unknown.

• TE Jake Nordin: ERFA; terms unknown.

• NT J’Vonne Parker: ERFA; terms unknown.

• CB Ronnie Prude: ERFA; terms unknown.

• RB/KR Cory Ross: ERFA; terms unknown.

• LB Mike Smith: Potential RFA; terms unknown.

• TE Lee Vickers: ERFA; terms unknown.

• WR Matt Willis: ERFA; terms unknown.

• CB Jamaine Winborne: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• RB Mike Anderson (released).

• WR Devard Darling: UFA Chiefs; $5M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

• QB Cullen Finnerty: Not tendered as ERFA/Broncos; terms unknown.

• C/G Mike Flynn (released/failed physical).

• CB Willie Gaston: ERFA tender withdrawn.

• DT Kenny King (released/failed physical).

• QB Steve McNair (retired).

• PR/KR B.J. Sams: UFA Chiefs; 1 yr, terms unknown.

A new coach, new quarterback, and new look will take to the field this fall in Baltimore, as for the first time in a long time, the Ravens will have a new voice giving them direction. The birds decided on New Year’s Eve that they were going forward without Brian Billick, and a month later brought in John Harbaugh from the Eagles to be their new head man. They also will have a new QB this year, as Steve McNair, who was breaking down quickly, retired, leaving the throwing to either Kyle Boller, Troy Smith, or first-round pick Joe Flacco. The fans will want Flacco quickly, and even if he does not win the job out of camp, it will be his at somepoint in 2008.

The team did not go after many free agents, instead they focused on mostly their own, signing 15 of their players while going out and bringing in just four from other teams. The Ravens issues last season had to do with way too may turnovers, inconsistent play from the offense, and a defense that got lost in the passing game, allowing 222.3 points per game. While all those things will not be fixed right away, the team seems aware they need those areas to turn around to move in the right direction from a 5-11 season. Harbaugh will have time on his side, and with this group, he is going to need it.

Offseason Grade to Date: C


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