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Courtney Upshaw's status with the Baltimore Ravens is up in the air

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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw is looking for a new contract this offseason as he has spent his first-four years in the league with the team as they drafted him in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. Upshaw has been a hard worker for the Ravens organization and has in some way shape or form has a knack for forcing timely fumbles like in Super Bowl 47 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Upshaw has been an edge setter for the Ravens 3-4 run defense, with him spelling outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil on obvious running down situations. Run stopping outside linebackers are not easy to find in this league, but the Ravens will use all of their resources if they have to find a replacement.

As Upshaw's stay with the Ravens is undecided, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome knows that the free agent market is open for Upshaw and the Ravens will do the best it can to keep him. But the Ravens also want what is best for their players financially as well.

"If we can bring back our full team from last year, we would. But we just don't know," Newsome noted as was  referencing Upshaw via BaltimoreRavens.com. "History will say we'll get some signed and some will go to other clubs. When that happens, I wish them well."

Upshaw falls under the, "Right player, right price" category like so many other former Ravens in the past like defensive lineman Arthur Jones, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, former Ravens safety Will Demps in the mid-2000's as well as Anthony Weaver.

If Upshaw does leave the Ravens organization, they will certainly thank him for his services wish that he gets paid in the process as the Ravens will be looking secure a high compensation draft pick during the 2017 offseason.