Ravens cross safety and running back off their to-do list, what’s next?
By Mike Reid
The Baltimore Ravens kicked off the start of Free Agency with a bang, signing safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram. What’s next on their list?
Earl Thomas, the former three-time All-Pro safety, presents a big-time upgrade for the Baltimore Ravens secondary after releasing safety Eric Weddle last week. With the addition of Thomas to an already stacked defensive backfield, it’s hard-pressed to find a better unit in the NFL.
Running back was another need that was just addressed in Mark Ingram. Ingram is an eight-year veteran and will provide a steady upgrade for the Ravens backfield. Ingram’s no-nonsense, down-hill running style perfectly compliments Lamar Jackson’s speed and quickness. Add in bruising back Gus Edwards and a healthy Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore’s rushing attack will be certainly one of the league’s best again in 2019.
The first two days of the legal tampering of 2019 Free Agency weren’t kind for the Baltimore Ravens though. Linebacker C.J. Mosley signed a huge deal with the New York Jets. Pass rusher Za’Darius Smith cashed in with the Green Bay Packers. John Brown got a solid deal from the Buffalo Bills. Finally, long-time Ravens legend Terrell Suggs went back home and signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
Mosley and Suggs leaving came as surprises to some, myself for one. On the other hand, Smith and Brown were pretty much already out the door. Based on how much each of these contracts went for though, Eric DeCosta looks like he made the right move not trying to retain these four players. These departures certainly created a few more holes to fill on the roster. Let’s take a look and see what positions the Baltimore Ravens should focus on attacking next.