Teams hurt most in free agency

Baltimore, Pittsburgh among four teams that have lost the most talent

Originally Published: March 20, 2013
By Gary Horton | ESPN Insider
Ozzie NewsomeAP Photo/Patrick SemanskyOzzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens have lost some key pieces in free agency this year.

In the last few years the anticipation leading up to the opening of NFL free agency, in terms of dramatic player movement, has exceeded the excitement over the actual moves of the first couple of days. Teams are doing a better job of re-signing or franchising their own players and not letting them hit the open market.

However, this year there seems to be a different free-agency landscape, with many teams struggling with salary-cap limitations, allowing more players to hit the open market. We have had a surprising number of blockbuster signings in the last week. And while some teams have really improved their roster, others have been crippled by player losses.

Let's look at the four teams that have lost the most talent so far in free agency.

Baltimore Ravens

This was an aging veteran team that was kept together to make one more Super Bowl push. Everyone realized that the Ravens could not keep all of their free agents, but the losses they have taken in the last week are staggering.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.