Now that the post-lockout frenzy has officially begun it’s time to focus on how the Baltimore Ravens plan to prepare to make a fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2011. The Ravens have plenty of holes to fill and with the recent announcement of Willis McGahee, Kelly Gregg and two of Baltimore’s All-Time pass catchers in Derrick Mason and Todd Heap being officially released this Thursday due to cap restraints the fan base is already buzzing about possible replacements in free agency.
Stop and take a breath fans. It will only getting wilder in the next few days. Let me see if I can keep us locked in on a top-five list that Baltimore must address in a very short period of time.
1) Re-Sign Marshal Yanda
Football is a game that is won in the trenches. Haloti Ngata was given the franchise tag for this season and many people expect a long term deal to keep the Samoan beast in purple for a long time to anchor the defense. It would only make sense to lock up the versatile Yanda as well on the Offensive side. The Iowa product has All-Pro level talent and would best be suited moving back to his old Guard position. That move appears to be in the cards as Rookie Jah Reid apparently will get first crack at the Right Tackle post that Yanda patrolled in 2010. It Yanda hits the market there will be plenty of suitors including one just down the Beltway. But luckily all indications out of Yanda’s camp are that he wishes to continue his career in Baltimore.
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