The Baltimore Ravens are in a bit of a transitional phase as a franchise, and this offseason proved to be somewhat of a tipping point for the old guard, so to speak.
The Ravens said goodbye to a number of longtime members of the organization as the ever-changing landscape of the NFL continued to be reshaped. Fortunately, they also added quite a few difference-makers as well.
Players like Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Tyler Linderbaum, and many others will help add to a roster that the Ravens hope can compete for a Super Bowl in 2022. But to add those players, the Ravens first had to part ways with a few holdovers.
Let’s take a look at six now-former players the Ravens were wise to move on from this offseason.
6. DeShon Elliott, S, Ravens
DeShon Elliott was genuinely one of the most beloved players in the Ravens’ locker room, and even after yet another injury-riddled season, he still had his fair share of supporters hoping the team would bring him back.
Ultimately, the Ravens opted to let Elliott walk in free agency and he would go on to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Elliott is a good player when healthy, but it’s hard not to be thrilled by what the Ravens did at the safety position this offseason.
The Ravens went out and signed star safety Marcus Williams before using their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on Notre Dame superstar Kyle Hamilton. All of a sudden, the Ravens had possibly the best safety room in the NFL, especially if you include Chuck Clark.
There was just no room for Elliott on the roster. The Ravens now have a stacked safety room, and their decision to let Elliott walk likely won’t be one met with too much backlash, despite his positive reputation.