Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap recently ranked all 32 NFL teams in terms of 2017 roster turnover. He combined four categories - percentage of total snaps lost, quality snaps lost, special teams snaps lost and average salary lost - to compare the teams. The Ravens roster underwent the fourth most turnover this offseason:
The Ravens lost Steve Smith, Zach Orr, Jerraud Powers and Dennis Pitta to retirement. Ricky Wagner, Kyle Juszczyk, Lawrence Guy, Vlad Ducasse and Kamar Aiken fled as unrestricted free agents. Timmy Jernigan and Jeremy Zuttah were traded for draft capital. And Elvis Dumervil, Shareece Wright, Kyle Arrington and Kendrick Lewis were prematurely released from their contracts with the Ravens.
Fitzgerald has been critical of Baltimore’s front office recently, and his contention that they have had issues managing the salary cap is valid. In addition to heavy roster turnover, the Ravens currently have $18.9 million in dead money against their cap. This figure is the most in the NFL and more than 11-percent of the team’s total total salary cap.
General manager Ozzie Newsome offset the personnel losses by adding veterans Tony Jefferson, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Carr and Danny Woodhead. The Ravens also re-signed Brandon Williams and Lardarius Webb, and drafted several impact pass defenders. Still, if the Ravens fail to reach the postseason for the third consecutive season, they should overhaul their roster management philosophy.