#1. Dannell Ellerbe: (Unrestricted Free Agent) Currently, the next objective is supposedly Dannell Ellerbe, but from what I just read on Rotoworld, he is said to be seeking a "multi-year deal worth 25-30 million", which seems like an extremely steep price for an ILB. Granted, he does offer a ton in terms of pressure up the middle, and his coverage skills are decent but not exceptional. He is great against the run, really hits hard and has shown great instincts. He has also had a problem with injuries these past two years (concussion, thumbs, ankle off the top of my head), as well as maturity issues before this year. I am not so sure I want to invest 5-6M a year into an ILB, especially one that has had an issue with health these past two years.
#2. Dennis Pitta: (Restricted Free Agent) Next up would be Dennis Pitta, I would think. I'd rank Ed Reed a bit higher, but I really think the Ravens will let him see what teams will offer & return to them with the offer sheets and they will attempt to match if the price isn't unreasonable. Dennis Pitta is Joe Flacco's favorite emerging weapon, it would seem. I think he is very critical to our future success, and since we have two TEs who will be RFAs this year and subsequently FA next year, I think we extend Pitta now rather than wait.
#3. Michael Oher: (Final year of original deal) He is in the final year of his deal, and we were discussing an extension last offseason & early into the season. Those talks apparently didn't get too far. While a lot of people dislike Michael's play on the left side, he has shown great versatility as a swing tackle as well as the ability to play well on the right side. He has good character, and could be willing to sign for a bit of a discount, especially after we let the world see what he can do as a LT--which isn't that much.
#4. Arthur Jones: (Restricted Free Agent) Another guy I think we will prioritize somewhere, and I think after Oher & Pitta he's our top-guy on the defense to retain for next year. He had a slow start, but I attribute that to not getting enough starting reps. He really improved a lot as the year went on and showed me at least that he's worth keeping around. I'd hate to lose him, because I think he would be a great piece of our defense in the next few years & beyond.
#5. Ed Reed: (Unrestricted Free Agent) After these guys, I think Reed could get his deal. It might be sooner, but I place him here because I really expect him to test the market to see his value. I don't think it will be as high as some believe. I also believe, if the reports are true, that he would return to Baltimore and we would match 5M a year or at least get close at 4.5M. I think Reed would return here for a half-million difference.
#6. Paul Kruger: (Unrestricted Free Agent) I see him being after Reed and the rest. The truth is, by this point, he will most likely be signed by another team.
#7. Cary Williams: (Unrestricted Free Agent) See Paul Kruger.
What are your thoughts on who we keep and lose?
Edited by GrimCoconut, 03 March 2013 - 12:43 PM.