3 moves Ravens will make next after massive Derrick Henry signing

The Ravens need to keep building around Henry

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The Baltimore Ravens had to swallow some major subtractions from their roster, as impactful players like Patrick Queen, John Simpson, and Gus Edwards left for greener pastures. Those moves were balanced out by the meteoric signing of running back Derrick Henry.

After the Tennessee Titans came to an agreement with Tony Pollard and the Los Angeles Chargers lured Edwards away, Henry and the Ravens came to an agreement on a two-year contract worth $16 million in base value. The deal could escalate to as much as $20 million in the next two years.

The Ravens will have a competitive team if they were to sit on their hands for the rest of free agency, but Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh are assuredly not done making moves yet. Baltimore has a few more decisions that need to be made if they want their roster to head into a pivotal campaign with as few holes as possible.

Now that the Henry signing seems to be finalized, the Ravens need to figure out their next steps. Checking these three boxes would be a tremendous way for Baltimore to address areas of weakness without breaking the bank or setting themselves up for tough financial times in the next few years.

3 moves the Baltimore Ravens must make after Derrick Henry signing

3. Add a Geno Stone replacement at safety

If the Ravens are going to play a similar style of defense to what Mike Macdonald deployed last season, they will be putting three safeties on the field semi-regularly. With Geno Stone signing a two-year deal with the hated Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens might need to go bargain-hunting here.

Stone wouldn't be confused with Ronnie Lott as a run defender, but he showed an exemplary ability to break on the ball and create turnovers. Once the Ravens get done freeing up more cap space, they could look for recently discarded veterans on a one or two-year deal.

The Baltimore Ravens could make a cheap safety addition.

Quandre Diggs was just released by the Seattle Seahawks, and he has some good football left in the tank. The New Orleans Saints cut Marcus Maye loose, and Jordan Whitehead could be an interesting reclamation project after an up-and-down tenure with the New York Jets.

The Ravens already got career years out of Kyle Van Noy and Jadeveon Clowney last season, and the hiring of internal replacement Zach Orr as defensive coordinator is a sign they will likely keep the structure in place. After seeing what happened to Stone last year, veterans could become very entranced by the idea of playing in Baltimore.

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