Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens have done a lot this offseason. Is the longtime general manager gearing up for one last Super Bowl?
Ozzie Newsome is 61. In this day and age that’s not that old. Still, Newsome has been in the professional football world since the Browns drafted him in 1978. He’s been making moves as an executive since 1991. If Newsome was readying for retirement, it would not be shocking.
Assistant general manager, Eric DeCosta, has been paid handsomely to wait in the wings. Eventually he has to get his shot to lead the Ravens front office. Newsome has to know that if he walks away, his protege will pick up where he leaves off.
It’s hard to remember a time when the Ravens made so many moves in an offseason. Baltimore Ravens news is usually less forthcoming when free agency hits. This year the Ravens have made a large handful of moves. Newsome used free agency to fix the secondary, boost the defense and give Joe Flacco a couple of weapons. That’s a lot of moves for a franchise that typically watches other teams do the big spending.
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Adding Tony Jefferson was a huge move. It gives Baltimore two elite safeties. Picking up Jeremy Maclin, was a game changer for the Ravens. Adding the veteran receiver made the entire plan work out. Dropping big money to keep Brandon Williams showed us that Newsome isn’t messing around.
Newsome took a good defense and he made it great, at least on paper. He added three rookies to the front seven and drafted cornerback, Marlon Humphrey with the 16th pick.
It feels like the Ravens are buying into the 2017 season. They’re trying to win it all. Baltimore is seeing their franchise doing hard work. This is not a content organization. There has been no playoff football in three of the past four years. Newsome has sent a clear message, it is go time.
Newsome may be gearing up for a final Super Bowl run. He may be building a champion so he could walk out on top. Of course knowing Newsome’s passion for football he could just be getting started.