Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele (72) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Free agency has typically been a time of sorrow for Baltimore Ravens fans, who annually watch their team’s brain trust allow several high profile players leave for greener (literally) pastures. But the 2016 free agency period is shaping up to be a little different from past years.
Instead of contending for another Super Bowl, the Ravens are 1-5 and sitting in last place in the AFC North. This will undoubtedly lead to some offseason changes, no matter what happens over the remainder of the season.
And unlike previous years, the Ravens impending free agents aren’t exactly lighting it up on the field. There’s no superstar or breakout performer set to cash in on the open market. No Torrey Smith or Pernell McPhee, no Arthur Jones or Corey Graham.
No, there’s just a large pool of disappointment and unfilled potential. And among the 21 players who are currently scheduled to become either restricted or unrestricted free agents following the 2015 season, only a small handful deserve a new contract.
So unless the following players seriously turn their seasons around over the next several weeks or they could be brought back on the cheap, it would behoove the Ravens to simply let them test the market.
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