3 bold predictions for Baltimore Ravens in wild free agency frenzy

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Even though the Baltimore Ravens aren't overflowing with salary cap space, there are few teams who will be watched with a greater degree of interest in the early stages of the 2024 free agent frenzy than them. After a disappointing exit in the AFC Championship, the Ravens need to knock it out of the park in March and April.

With a need to improve their offensive line, find a bell cow running back next to Lamar Jackson, and survey the landscape for extra pass rush help after the Justin Madubuike extension, the Ravens have some very clear needs Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh must address in short order.

The Ravens have had a penchant for pulling some moves that come way out of left field, and DeCosta's recent record shows that many of his unusual moves have turned out as net positives for the team.

Baltimore should surprise no one if one of these three surprising moves becomes reality. Ravens fans should plan for some unforeseen departures this offseason, but they should expect them to be replaced with impactful players who will aid in the pursuit of the franchise's third Super Bowl.

3 bold predictions for the Baltimore Ravens in free agency

3. Ronnie Stanley gets cut, John Simpson not retained

The Ravens only have one offensive lineman who is totally locked into a starting role: center Tyler Linderbaum. Stanley and Morgan Moses are possible cap casualties, while Simpson and veteran guard Kevin Zeitler can both test their value on the open market.

The Ravens are in a good spot to draft a left tackle who could replace the oft-injured, expensive Stanley. While he has been serviceable when healthy, betting on someone his age to miraculously turn into Wolverine and never get hurt again is a risk the Ravens can't afford to take for how expensive he is.

Ronnie Stanley and John Simpson might not return to the Baltimore Ravens

Simpson may have had some occasional issues with penalties last year, but his improvement as a run-blocker could help him get some serious interest on the open market. Baltimore may not have the money needed to retain him in what is a very deep, fruitful market for guards.

With Kevin Dotson's $16 million per year deal with the Rams setting the benchmark for this market, Simpson could earn a contract that ends up apporaching eight figures. Baltimore would need to remake the entire left side of their offensive line ahead of what is a pivotal season for this team.