Nov 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (C) walks off the field after defeating the Tennessee Titans 21-7 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
It may appear that the Baltimore Ravens free agent hunt is over after the team resigned a number of its own players and one outsider in Kendrick Lewis, but according to John Harbaugh, they aren’t done yet. At the NFL owner’s meetings in Arizona this week, Harbaugh indicated that the team is still on the hunt for players at multiple positions.
“We’re staying on top of [free agency] every second,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not like we’re sitting back and relaxing. We’re monitoring it and we’re talking to guys’ agents. We want to be proactive.”
Harbaugh stressed the importance of making additions before the draft as well. “It would be really helpful for us to do that. Obviously, the more you can add before the draft, it takes pressure off of the draft to chase a position need. The more we can do that, obviously, the better off we’ll be.”
Harbaugh went on to say that the team would be interested in signing a wide receiver “if it’s the right guy,” and noted that “we need more running backs.” Quarterback, which is an underrated need for a team that doesn’t seem too comfortable with last year’s sixth round pick Keith Wenning backing up Joe Flacco, was also addressed. Harbaugh noted “Keith Wenning’s got a good future. I like Keith. But we’re looking to upgrade everywhere at all times.”
Ultimately, Harbaugh’s comments are not a surprise to anyone who has been following the Ravens’ offseason. It has been somewhat frustrating to watch them sit idly by while the “name” free agents are signing with other teams, but the price tag of those players has been pretty steep.
Playing the waiting game right now is a good move for a team that has a little, but not a lot of cap space. There are still quality players on the market, and prices drop by the day. Plus, we still have several weeks before the draft kicks off, so there is plenty of time to add some reasonably priced depth to the roster.
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