After making an early splash on the free agent market, signing safety Tony Jefferson, running back Danny Woodhead, and resigning defensive tackle Brandon Williams, Ozzie Newsome has said the Ravens are not done yet in free agency. The Ravens still have many holes on the team that need to be fixed, and free agency may be the avenue. We’ve identified three players that fit key needs for the Ravens.
Morris Claibourne – Corner Back
The former Cowboy and former first round pick, Morris Claibourne could come in and fill a role in a depleted secondary. The Ravens defiantly will need to add some cornerbacks, and Claibourne might be one of the new additions. He is a play making corner who can be a solid fit along side Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith. Claibourne has a history of injuries with the Cowboys, however, which could impact his fit with the Ravens if he does end up signing with the team. The Ravens have reportedly shown interest in Claibourne, so there is a distinct possibility he will be a Raven.
Nick Mangold – Center
Signing Nick Mangold would be a prototypical Ravens move. Mangold, 33, was a longtime Jet, who was cut by the organization as a salary cap casualty. Mangold may be looking to join a team where he can compete for a Super Bowl before his career ends, and the Ravens are known to be one of the most consistent NFL teams. The current starting center for the Ravens, Jeremy Zuttah, had a very inconsistent season. If the Ravens are looking to upgrade their center position, they could target Mangold.
Conor Barwin – Defensive End
The former Eagle Conor Barwin, was recently cut by the Philadelphia based club. His career with the Eagles ended because of lack in production last year, and a scheme change. The Ravens are presumably in the market for a new pass rusher, as they recently released line backer Elvis Dumervil. Barwin would be another typical Ravens signing, as he is near the end of his career, and could be looking to compete for a Super Bowl.