If every need is put back on the table for free agency moves, than inside linebacker could be addressed. Alec Ogletree is a veteran linebacker who would offer some leadership at the position. Baltimore would still need another linebacker one way or another so the NFL Draft class would probably still include an inside linebacker. The addition of Ogletree will give Baltimore time to develop young talent at the defense. They would be adding a sure thing and that is why this is such an appealing move.
Ogletree is coming off a season with 80 tackles, a sack and an interception for the New York Giants. He has a track record of being a very productive player when he’s healthy. With Ogletree you can count on 80-100 total tackles. He would be helpful on passing downs because he can blitz and he is also a good athlete in space. The Ravens would be getting a three down linebacker. An inside linebacker group of Ogletree, L.J. Fort and a rookie to be named later would be a good one, potentially a great one.
Defense is still the name of the game when it comes to free agent targets for Baltimore. The plan was clearly to spend on defense. That’s where the bulk of the needs were going into the offseason. If the Ravens find another good wide receiver in the NFL Draft, the offense is theoretically ready to shine again in 2020. The defense just got gut punched by Derrick Henry and the Titans and DeCosta is obviously not okay with it.
Clay Matthews and Pernell McPhee remain options in free agency. Now it’s just a waiting game. The inability to get a deal done with Brockers may have held things up but now we can expect moves to be on the way. Baltimore isn’t done in free agency. Even with a good number of draft picks, they can’t stop working on the free agent market.