The entire 2017 Ravens offseason has included many large changes leaving questions about the future. Good news though, the changes now allow the Ravens to become something fierce. From the losses in free agency , to the big signings and defensive mega-draft, the Baltimore Ravens future is bright.
C.J. Mosley, Brandon Williams, Tony Jefferson & others scheduling yearly Orlando Trips
The defense looks better on paper than any of the last few seasons. The secondary resembles a no-fly zone. Mosley’s fifth-year option pick-up leaves a bridge to signing a long-term extension. Tavon Young pushed to the slot boosts his stats and he becomes the best slot-corner in the league.
Multiple Retirements, including Joe Flacco, occur
The Ravens are on the cusp of ‘too old’ and ‘too young’. The youth movement is here, but the old heads are still producing at high levels. Marshal Yanda, Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, all names the Ravens won’t have in five years.
How dare I believe Joe Flacco won’t lead the Ravens forever. No matter though, the honesty is how Ozzie operates. Joe is 32 years old, and while quarterbacks can continue to play at 37, high level of play isn’t always around. Arch-nemesis Ben Roethlisberger is 35 years old, and the Steelers are searching for the replacement already. Unless you’re Tom Brady, it’s unlikely you’re sticking around in this league late. I expect Baltimore on the QB search in the near future.
Ravens win another Super Bowl
The Ravens are built on youth and potential. While there are players with proven track records, there are still question marks. Nonetheless, the Ravens will be hoisting another Lombardi Trophy. Joe Flacco is a championship winning quarterback, John Harbaugh is a proven head coach and the Ravens defense will become stout.
Kenneth Dixon is a top five runningback
The Ravens have invested too much for the superstar in the making already. ‘But it’s only been one season?’ I know, but we watched last season as the Ravens selected Dixon as their lead back, regardless of situation. He’s a pass-catching machine, incredible in open space, and cannot be slowed by the first man on any given play. Dixon will be the Ravens best offensive weapon.
The Browns vs. Ravens is a rivalry
The past couple drafts for the Browns look sharp, and too many players with upside are on their squad. Their battles will become Monday Night worthy. Myles Garrett Vs. Ronnie Stanley will be a key match-up, discussed during broadcasts. The battle for the AFC North will come down to the Ravens and Browns one season within five years. Quick clear-up, I’m not saying Steelers - Ravens is dead, only saying the talented Cleveland Browns start winning a few games against Baltimore and it becomes a slugfest between them. Some wonderful victories and heartbreaking defeats causes the games to become emotionally invested.
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C.J. Mosley, Brandon Williams, Tony Jefferson & Others attending annual Pro Bowls
Multiple retirements, including Weddle, Yanda, Suggs & Joe
Ravens win another Super Bowl
Kenneth Dixon is a top five back
Browns vs. Ravens rivalry becomes real