Ravens to keep an eye out for veterans

Larry French

With the Ravens still needing more competition at right tackle and corner back, it isn't surprising to think that they are keeping an eye out on the free-agent market still. While you might think that all the good free agents have been snatched up, you'd be quite wrong.

With the Ravens still needing more competition at right tackle and corner back, it isn't surprising to think that they are keeping an eye out on the free-agent market still. While you might think that all the good free agents have been snatched up, you'd be quite wrong.

June 1st is typically the next big cut and signing period for teams because veterans are cut after the draft and free-agent signings don't cost a team a compensatory pick, something the Ravens absolutely love to hoard.

Sure, and I think we’re aware of the guys that are still out there, free agents that would be more favorable to sign after June 1 and all that," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' organized team activity last week. "We’re going to be watching the waiver wire real close. We’re going to try and get better.

We had a conversation, Ozzie and I, and I like to think on principle that we really believe this: We want to build as strong of a 53-man roster as we possibly can, and as we do that, try to get stronger every chance we can get. We’ll be looking."

One player who has heard his name mentioned around the Ravens is tackle Eric Winston, a ninth year player that has ties to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Winston should be incredibly cheap given how little interest he garnered on the first round of free-agent signings and he should be able to offer good competition to Ricky Wagner, Ryan Jensen, Jah Reid and the younger players competing for the position.

There are some other tackles that the Ravens could have interest in as well if Winston suddenly becomes unavailable or they feel doesn't fit the scheme well. Those players are Tyson Clabo, Jeremy Trueblood and Ryan Harris for instance.

The Ravens might also look to add some depth to the secondary by signing a veteran corner back to compete for the nickle position that the Ravens use a lot. Some of the biggest names still available are Asante Samuel, Drayton Florence, Jabari Greer, Corey Webster and Dunta Robinson. The Ravens could also just look to stick with their young players in Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson an expect them to grow into the position. While the Ravens didn't draft a corner back in the 2014 NFL draft, they did sign several undrafted free-agents including Sammy Seamster, Deji Olatoye, Avery Patterson and Tramain Jacobs that will be looking to make the roster on a combination of depth and special teams play.

Over the next week, look for the Ravens to bring in some veterans and see if they can make a difference in a few spots that could use the depth for cheap.

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