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Garrett Downing, Baltimore Ravens
Ozzie Newsome loves acquiring draft picks.
He’s known for meticulously maneuvering around the draft board, especially when he can slide back a few spots to add a later pick and still get the player he covets. The Ravens have traded their first-round pick in five of the last eight seasons – they traded back in three of those drafts – and this could be a prime year to wheel and deal.
Many general managers and front office executives think this is one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory, so those additional picks carry even more value.
In a draft loaded with talent, will the Ravens try to trade back from No. 17 and acquire more picks?
“I think it will be difficult,” Owner Steve Bisciotti said. “I think we’ll probably find ourselves staying where we are.”
Jamison Hensley, ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens signed recently acquired center Jeremy Zuttah to a five-year, $18 million deal, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.
By reaching a new deal, the Ravens reduced Zuttah’s 2014 salary cap number from $4.5 million to $1.7 million.
Shehan Peiris, Bleacher Report
he Baltimore Ravens still have more additions to make but for the team to truly bounce back from a disappointing season they need some of their young players to develop.
Based on the moves that have already occurred, it’s clear that some Ravens will have the opportunity to earn more playing time and even starting jobs by the time training camp rolls around, and this slideshow breaks down six players with opportunities to break out in 2014.
For some, like second-year players Arthur Brown, Kyle Juszczyk and Brandon Williams, it is merely the next stage of their development as relatively high draft picks as they have a year of professional experience under their belts.
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