Baltimore Ravens free agency grade

Notable additions:

Tony Jefferson – Strong Safety – From: Arizona Cardinals

Brandon Carr – Cornerback – From: Dallas Cowboys

Danny Woodhead – Running Back – From: Los Angeles Chargers

Notable subtractions:

Ricky Wagner – Right Tackle – To: Detroit Lions

Kyle Juszczyk – Fullback – To: San Francisco 49ers

Lawrence Guy – Defensive End – To: New England Patriots

Kamar Aiken – Wide Receiver – To: Indianapolis Colts

 

Analysis:

The Baltimore Ravens made some major improvements to their team in free agency especially in their secondary as they signed Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson to 4-year deals. Carr was inconsistent for the Cowboys, but he still is an above average starting cornerback. Carr is able to match up with good wide receivers and he is versatile enough to be a slot cornerback as well. Baltimore had a big weakness for a 2nd cornerback and by bringing in Carr they now have a good cornerback duo with Carr and Jimmy Smith. Also, the team paid a large contract in order to sign strong safety Tony Jefferson away from the Cardinals. Jefferson is a physical safety that tackles well, although he doesn’t cause many turnovers as he only has 2 career interceptions. Jefferson was the best safety in free agency and his signing turns the Ravens secondary from a weakness into a strength as he will be paired with pro-bowler Eric Weddle at the safety position. Baltimore also made somewhat of an impact on offense as they signed running back Danny Woodhead to a 3-year deal. Woodhead is coming off of a major knee injury last season, yet he is another threat that the Ravens will have in their offense. Woodhead isn’t going to carry the load in the running game, but he is a tremendous pass catcher which makes him a really good 3rd-down back for the Ravens. He can also be used as a slot receiver at times for Baltimore and he is a very dangerous player in open space. Woodhead will be the type of weapon that will be used in many ways for Baltimore just like Kyle Juszczyk was used in a variety of ways last season. Juszczyk is now with the 49ers, but bringing in Woodhead gives the team a versatile player in order to replace him. However, the one big loss for the Ravens this offseason was starting right tackle Ricky Wagner leaving for Detroit. Wagner was a very good player for the Ravens last season and Baltimore’s offensive line will be very weak heading into next season without him. The issue is that the Ravens don’t have much depth at right tackle and their starting right tackle right now would be James Hurst who has struggled as a starter before. Baltimore has needs at a few offensive line positions, but right tackle is now a major void that they must fill after the departure of Ricky Wagner in free agency. Overall, I give credit to Baltimore for really improving their secondary with the additions of Jefferson and Carr. However, the loss of right tackle Ricky Wagner hurts their free agency grade a little bit as that is now a position that they must address in the draft.

Grade: B-

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