4. DeShon Elliott, S, Ravens
DeShon Elliott has a lot of fans within the Ravens organization which is why there’s still a chance he could be brought back under the right circumstances. But after another season-ending injury in 2021, his value has taken a significant hit.
The Ravens went out and signed star safety Marcus Williams in free agency leaving no room for Elliott as a starter. If he does return, it’ll be in a backup role and it’ll solely be because of how beloved he is in that locker room.
3. Justin Houston, OLB, Ravens
Houston played well in his lone season with the Ravens finishing as Pro Football Focus‘ 19th-ranked edge defender. He wouldn’t exactly be an upgrade, but the team could do a lot worse than Houston as a cheaper veteran at outside linebacker.
2. Josh Bynes, LB, Ravens
Josh Bynes returned for a third stint with the Ravens in 2021, and much like he had done the last time, he exceeded all expectations and somewhat salvaged the linebacker position.
Even at 32-years-old, Bynes could still provide value as an experience defensive leader and a reliable special teamer. That’s the role the Ravens envision for him in 2022 if he does return.
1. Calais Campbell, DL, Ravens
There’s no internal free agent the Ravens want to re-sign more than Calais Campbell. The team hasn’t been shy about it either with head coach John Harbaugh recently remarking that they had their “fingers crossed” that he would return.
Campbell is still a very effective player and was easily Baltimore’s best defensive lineman last season. The Ravens are thin on the defensive line and Campbell would be the perfect remedy.