Even as the 2012 Baltimore Ravens hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in a downpour of confetti, many NFL fans and pundits weren’t buying. The achievement is undeniable, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a fluke.
The 2013 Ravens proved the skeptics right, dropping their final two games by a combined score of 75-24 and missing the playoffs.
Ozzie Newsome’s been shrewd working around Joe Flacco’s league-record $120-million contract. He waited patiently during the initial frenzy of free agent season to add bargain-priced talent like Elvis Dumervil and Steve Smith, last year and this year respectively.
But Newsome’s—and John Harbaugh’s—biggest challenge this offseason will be dealing with the on-field decline and reprehensible off-field behavior of Ray Rice.
All of the Ravens key arrivals, departures and returns leading up to draft day—May 8-10—are listed below.
Also find out who the experts think Baltimore will take at No. 17 in a summary of some of the best mock-drafters on the web (ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper’s picks are added for a total of 25 expert opinions).
-Jim Caldwell, Offensive Coordinator, signed by the Detroit Lions (Head Coach).
-Arthur Jones, DE, signed by the Indianapolis Colts.
-Michael Oher, OT, signed by the Tennessee Titans.
-Corey Graham, CB, signed by the Buffalo Bills.
-Vonta Leach, FB, released.
-Jameel McClain, ILB, released, signed by the New York Giants.
-James Ihedigbo, S, signed by the Detroit Lions.
-Brandon Stokley, WR, retired.
-Ed Dickson, TE, signed by the Carolina Panthers.
-Bernard Scott, RB, released.
-Tandon Doss, WR/KR, signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
-Gary Kubiak, Offensive Coordinator, fired, from the Houston Texans (Head Coach).
-Steve Smith, WR, released, from the Carolina Panthers.
-Jeremy Zuttah, C, traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2015 fifth-round pick.
-Darian Stewart, S, from the St Louis Rams.
-Owen Daniels, TE, from the Houston Texans.
-Justin Forsett, RB, released, from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
-Terrell Suggs, OLB, signed contract extension.
-Eugene Monroe, OT, re-signed free agent.
-Dennis Pitta, TE, re-signed free agent.
-Jimmy Smith, CB, signed contract extension.
-Daryl Smith, ILB, re-signed free agent.
-Jacoby Jones, WR, re-signed free agent.
-Albert McClellan, LB, re-signed free agent.
-Terrence Cody, DT, re-signed free agent.
Draft prospects at No. 17:
-Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville Cardinals: 28%
-Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 24%
-Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Wolverines: 16%
-Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Tar Heels: 8%
-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide: 8%
-Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois Huskies: 4%
-Odell Beckham, WR, Louisiana State Tigers: 4%
-Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California Trojans: 4%
-Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Hokies: 4%
Transactions courtesy of Spotrac, Rotoworld, Wikipedia, Pro Football Reference and ESPN Free Agent Tracker.