The Ravens have been very active in free agency thus far, but accoridng to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, they aren't done yet.
Several teams monitoring the Claiborne market believe he will end up talking the Ravens offer. BAL exploring re-signing Webb as well— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2017
The Ravens have yet to address the void at cornerback across the field from Jimmy Smith, but according to La Canfora, that may soon change. Morris Claiborne has had a relatively small market this offseason, but he is one of the best remaining players at the position. Claiborne has been very inconsistent over the course of his career, but he was excellent when he was on the field in the 2016 season. However, Claiborne has struggled with injuries throughout his career.
At this point, general manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff may be able to land Claiborne at a reduced price.
La Canfora also reports that the Ravens are looking to re-sign Lardarius Webb. Webb was released following the signing of Tony Jefferson, but he may be able to return to Baltimore at a reduced cost. Webb could serve as depth at both safety and cornerback as he likely will not have a starting role at either position if the Ravens land Claiborne. If Claiborne does not end up in Baltimore, it's possible Webb is given a chance to compete to start across from Jimmy Smith with whichever corner the Ravens draft this year.
Check back to Baltimore Beatdown for updates regarding Claiborne and Webb.
Update (3/13/17 7:30 p.m.): ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reports that the Ravens are in talks with Claiborne, but a deal is not immediately on the horizon.
Nothing imminent with Ravens and CB Morris Claiborne. Sides are still talking. Withdrawing RFA tenders to... https://t.co/wniVHxjuzg— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) March 13, 2017
The Ravens recently created $3.4 million in cap room by withdrawing tenders on Marqueston and Jumal Rolle. However, according to Hensley, these moves were unrelated to Claiborne.