Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Baltimore Ravens [full archive here].
Season Recap – The Ravens had a strong 2010 season as young players like Joe Flacco continued to develop. Baltimore finished the season 12-4 but ended the year on a loss to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore allowed Pittsburg to score 24 second half points and come from behind to win. This offseason, head coach John Harbaugh will look to add the pieces that will finally push them past the Steelers.
1. Cornerback – Chris Carr, Fabian Washington, and Josh Wilson are set to become free agents, which leaves the Ravens rather thin at the position. This has been one of the weakest positions for Baltimore the past two seasons, and GM Ozzie Newsome will look to upgrade this offseason. Baltimore should select a corner in round one- Brandon Harris would be a good fit.
2. Defensive End – Besides Haloti Ngata the position is rather weak. Cory Redding played well, but is better served as a reserve and Paul Kruger still is developing. The Ravens like Arthur Jones but he didn’t contribute much in 2010, so look for the Ravens to address this position early. Allen Bailey and Adrian Clayborn have been linked the Ravens in many mock drafts.
3. Wide Receiver – Baltimore was very active in acquiring wide receivers Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh, and Donte Stallworth last offseason. With TJ and Donte set to leave in free agency, the Ravens once again have needs at the WR position. Derrick Mason continues to be productive, but at 37 his time could be winding down. The Ravens could add up to two new starters for next season. Adding a speedy WR opposite Boldin should be the first acquisition. Titus Young is a name to keep an eye on.
4. Inside Linebacker - Ray Lewis will be 36 and Jameel McClain and Tavares Gooden are free agents. McClain and Gooden are likely to be retained, but Baltimore should bring in some competition and youth to learn under Lewis. Newsome can find a capable player in the middle rounds of the draft.
5. Offensive Line - The Ravens have some question marks throughout the offensive line. Michael Oher didn’t play great on the left side and could be moving back to RT. Stud lineman, Jared Gaither missed all of 2010 with an injury and is scheduled for free agency. There has been no word if Gaither will return, so Baltimore may have to look elsewhere. Marshal Yanda is capable of playing RT or guard, but currently he is a free agent. The Ravens need to figure out their O-line situation and if they can’t resign some players, they will have to bring in new starters.