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Make or Break Season for Several Ravens - Todd Karpovich

Much of the focus will be on linebacker Tyus Bowser, a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. After a pair of underwhelming seasons, Bowser had his best performance in 2019.

He was second on the team with five sacks and also finished with 20 tackles, two passes defended, one forced fumble and had one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

If Bowser continues to improve, he could put himself in position for a new deal, especially if he can boost the pass rush.

Defensive end Chris Wormley, a third round pick (74th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, has also put together a solid career in Baltimore. Last season, he recorded 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two passes defender, Will he have enough production in 2020 to earn a new deal?

2020 NFL Free Agency: Predicting landing spots for every PFF top-50 free agent - Anthony Treash

33. DI JAVON HARGRAVEBALTIMORE RAVENS

Projected contract: 4 years, $12 million per year ($28 million guaranteed)

Baltimore has only two real major flaws: their receiving unit and their pass-rush unit. The loaded wide receiver class in the 2020 NFL Draft can lead them to get decent value at Pick No. 28 or No. 60, and a healthy Marquise Brown will help them next season. The Ravens’ interior defensive line last season was among the bottom five in PFF pass-rush grade, and that might just be the position they target in March. The Steelers don’t have the money to pay Javon Hargrave, which is great news for their division rival. Hargrave finished the 2019 season as one of the 15 highest-graded pass-rushers at his position.

42. DI MICHAEL PIERCEDENVER BRONCOS

Projected contract: 3 years, $5 million per year ($6.5 million guaranteed)

Michael Pierce had a down year in his pivotal contract year. After posting PFF grades of 79.7, 86.9 and 91.0 in his first three seasons, Pierce lowered that mark to 69.1 in 2019.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins trade up to No. 2, as Redskins pass on Chase Young to get picks, rebuild roster - Ryan Wilson

Round 1 - Pick 28

Patrick Queen LB

LSU • JR • 6’1” / 227 LBS

Queen flashed early and often during the national title game and those 60 minutes of football served as a microcosm of his 2019 season. The Ravens’ defense improved as the season progressed, and while Josh Bynes played out of his mind this season, he’s 30 and appears headed for free agency.

NFL owners to meet Thursday to discuss CBA talks - Jeremy Bergman

If all goes well during the next 48 hours or so, Silver added, a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFLPA could be ratified before the start of the new league year on March 18.

The new deal, however, would be predicated on implementing a 17-game regular season that would launch between 2021 and 2023, Silver reported.

The central issue throughout negotiations has been the revenue split, and players are expected to receive an uptick from the 47 percent of total revenue they are guaranteed under the current CBA, which was approved in 2011, Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported in January.

The CBA, if agreed to in the next month, could go into effect in time for the new league year, potentially altering the salary cap and state of free agency, among other things.