Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A D-line idea for Baltimore
By Tim Kavanagh
It's been an ongoing theme of the past few weeks here and on other NFL blogs: What are the Baltimore Ravens going to do about all their impending free agents given their tight salary cap situation?
The roster is littered with potential holes, and the decisions that GM Ozzie Newsome and his staff will be making in the coming days will help shape the fundamental makeup of the roster for 2013, as well as its chances to get back to the Super Bowl. One of the areas that will be in focus is the defensive line. NT Terrence Cody, a second-round pick in 2010, will have another chance to win the other DT job next to Haloti Ngata again, after losing out to Ma'ake Kemoeatu this past preseason. On the end, the team may look for an upgrade from Arthur Jones, who was not as impactful as desired.
Within his roundup of potential fixes for teams in the AFC North division, Mike Kurtz of Football Outsiders suggested that they make an effort to sign a player whose presence on the D-line would certainly be a shock to a certain other team's fanbase:
Mike KurtzPlugging the Holes: AFC North
"For a team ridiculed for its age, the Ravens actually have four defensive ends with three or fewer years of experience. The problem is that they're all projects: two fifth-round picks, a seventh-rounder and an undrafted free agent. There is youth but a paucity of talent. It might make sense for Baltimore to reach out to Richard Seymour, providing a versatile veteran and giving the Ravens' front office time to assess which, if any, of their young line talent is shaping up."