The Ravens have several unrestricted free agents this offseason. With a reported $144,735,928 in cap space already being used up, the Ravens will have to be selective in which free agents to bring back. Today we'll look at the ones that are the most important guys for the Ravens to focus on in the offseason.
Darian Stewart - S - 26 years old - $1,300,000 2014 cap hit
Stewart wasn't the best pickup of the offseason, but as the regular season wore on, Stewart found his place on a team that desperately needed help in the secondary. With 2015 looking to also have the secondary as a major point of weakness, the Ravens would love to have some continuity back there with a player that knows the scheme and that the Ravens know as well. Stewart probably won't see the same price point in 2015 since he will likely be a depth grab more than a starter, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see him as a Raven this season.
Torrey Smith - WR - 26 years old - $1,078,392 2014 cap hit
Obviously Smith is going to be on this list. Regardless of what I think about his ability, the guy will be someone the Ravens try pretty hard to keep, even if there is a top number they will pay for him. Torrey Smith has the straight line speed to do dangerous things and even without stats to support him, the guy pulls in DPIs like it was an artform. Again, the Ravens won't pay him like a true number one receiver and another team might be willing to pull the trigger on that, but the Ravens will do everything they can to keep him in Baltimore in 2015.
Pernell McPhee - OLB - 26 years old - $681,140 2014 cap hit
Sadly, I doubt McPhee returns to Baltimore. Just like with Arthur Jones, McPhee has played very well in a very tough defense and will have plenty of suitors talking him up. While the Ravens will make a good attempt to retain the up and coming pass rusher, another team will be able to give him enough money to not worry about the Ravens feeling bad. The Ravens do have plenty of depth, but would love to get younger on the front seven as some of the veteran members begin to fall off. If the Ravens can make up enough cap space, they might try a littler harder to keep McPhee.
Justin Forsett - RB - 29 years old - $570,000 2014 cap hit
One of the most talked about Ravens in 2014, Forsett is an interesting case for the Ravens this offseason. While he did have a great season that was somewhat unexpected, he is nearing the 30 year old mark that typically sees rushers fall off fast and hard and Forsett's previous inconsistencies throughout his career don't exactly inspire confidence. However, Forsett dug the Ravens out of a pretty big hole with his play and they would love to reward that with a decent sized contract that protects both them in case he doesn't live up to his 2014 play and for Forsett in case he suddenly busts out All-Pro years. A lot of that all depends on who comes knocking for the rusher in the offseason. While Forsett has publicly stated that he appreciates the Ravens for giving him an opportunity, Gary Kubiak could give him an opportunity in Denver that might sway his mind a bit and then there is always some team that is desperate to throw money at anything approaching a star that could woo Forsett away from a cap friendly deal.
Danny Gorrer - CB - 28 years old - $226,412 2014 cap hit
Gorrer might have been injured for a portion of the year, but the Ravens counted on him at every turn and he looked like the saving grace of the secondary at some points. He isn't a true starting corner in the typical sense, but the Ravens obviously could use some depth and with offenses gearing more towards passing, the Ravens could use all the solid corners they can get their hands on. A 4 year deal wouldn't be all that surprising to see Gorrer get from Baltimore in the range of $3 million per year.