After all of the above and signings of FAs and tendering our own UFAs, I figure we have something around $9M - $10M left under the Salary Cap to spend. Anyone who has been keeping better track of the cap feel free to confirm or correct that figure.
Ozzie has done a magnificent job beefing up our D-line and run defense by signing Canty and Spears using the "right player, right price" approach. So what holes and remaining FA players should we be targeting vs. addressing the need in the draft?
1. ILB has been our biggest need even before Ellerbe signed with Miami. Unfortunately the remaining FA stock seems to be thin and flawed. Best available:
Since Dansby seems to be too outspoken to fit the new locker room mantra, unless we can pick up Dan Connor for cheap, I say we pass at the remaining ILB.
2. Safety need was dependant on whether Ed Reed left or retired. The Bernard Pollard got cut. Now arguably safety is an even bigger need than ILB – especially with Reed being wined and dined by the Texans. Best Available:
Huff is interesting at Safety and if he will accept whatever we reserved for Reed (assuming Reed jumps) that may be worth a play.
3. WR was a depth/futures need before the trade of Boldin. Now getting a legitimate #2 toy for Flacco is imperative. Best Available:
Forget about the missed expectations for DHB for a minute. If you look just at his numbers since he was drafted and forget that he was a high pick, you see a player who has improved each year and has decent production – surprisingly more in the intermediate routes than the deep stuff. I believe the Ravens and Flacco can take better advantage of is speed than they did in Oakland, so if the price is right, I would take a flyer on DHB.
4. OT – there are very few legitimate LOT candidates out there. Best Available:
No way can we afford Long and his health risks. I still believe our best stop gap is to re-sign McKinnie and look to the draft for a long term solution.
Of the above needs, Safety and ILB have the most quality depth in the draft and a starter quality player should be available when we pick at #32. With the remaining cap space, I would prioritize re-signing McKinnie to a deal similar to what he had this year with some weight/conditioning incentives and then giving DHB a 1-2 year deal.
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