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Baltimore Ravens can hit the free agent market tomorrow

May 12 is the day players don't factor into the compensatory pick formula. Will the Ravens go bargain shopping?

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are known as one of the biggest bargain shoppers in the National Football League. The league instituted a day after which free agents signed will not count toward the compensatory draft pick formula, and the Ravens usually take advantage of that date. Last season the league permanently moved that day from June 1st to May 12th, although players cut are still referred to as "post June-1st cuts" for some reason.

Tomorrow is May 12th, and the team still has some positions with needs, chief among them inside linebacker and cornerback. Some of the Ravens recent post May 12/June 1 signings include Daryl Smith, Kyle Arrington, Steve Smith (was designated a post June 1 cut), Michael Huff, Bryant McKinnie and Bobbie Williams.

Who might be interesting for the Ravens to take a look at? At cornerback, the names include Leon Hall, Alan Ball, Antonio Cromartie, Cortez Allen, and Jeraud Powers. At inside linebacker, the names include Donald Butler, Curtis Lofton, DeMeco Ryans, Justin Durant, and David Hawthorne. The Ravens feature pretty big competitions at positions like tight end, wide receiver, running back, outside linebacker, safety, and defensive line, so it would seem unlikely they would add a veteran to the mix at those positions. Offensive line however is one position that the Ravens could seemingly add a veteran to compete at, despite adding 2 rookies in the draft including first round pick Ronnie Stanley. With Kelechi Osemele in Oakland and Eugene Monroe yet to show he is healthy, the team could feel safer adding a veteran to the mix at left guard, with Stanley a possibility at left tackle if the team is not confident in Monroe. The current candidates at left guard are John Urschel, rookie Alex Lewis, and Ryan Jensen, who started 6 games at the position last season and graded well.