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So the way I see it, Free Safety is the position we will need to address with free agency.  I have two reasons for this assumption.

 

First, I suspect we go receiver with the first pick.  If we re-sign Pitta and Monroe then our biggest needs will be C, FS, WR, RT, TE in no specific order.  The only position out of those which is worth a 1st round would be receiver.  Considering we draft at 16/17, it is too high to use on most other positions in my opinion.  There are some great receivers in this draft and I think we could snag a great one with our pick.  Probably go TE/RT/C in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.  

While going offense three straight rounds seems a bit much, we get Kapron Lewis Moore from injury which is like a free second round pick.

 

Secondly, we don't want a very young secondary.  Obviously we have some vets at the corner position, but pairing Elam and a rookie FS doesn't sit well with me.  I think it would be better to get a guy with experience rather than throw two young guys back there.  

 

With all that said.  Who is out there?

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Kendrick Lewis is about the only affordable option, but the Chiefs might want him back because of that.  Chris Clemons would be too expensive, and I don't know why the Dolphins wouldn't bring him back.  There are a lot of swing safeties available, like Jim Leonhard and one of the kids from Carolina, but I'm not sure they put us in a better position than where we are now.  It'll be a tough year to get better at the safety position.

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There is also MD Jennings, Ryan Clark, and Brandon Merriweather. Antoine Bethea, TJ Ward, and Jarius Byrd are all prob out og the Ravens price range

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Coming off a season-ending injury and likely to be a salary dump, Daniel Manning could be worth considering. He'd be an ideal stop-gap. 

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There is also MD Jennings, Ryan Clark, and Brandon Merriweather. Antoine Bethea, TJ Ward, and Jarius Byrd are all prob out og the Ravens price range


I would stop being a Ravens fan if we signed this <butt>hole!
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Safety? I don't wanna talk about Safetys? Safetys?! I wanna just re-sign Art Jones! Don't talk to me about Safetys.

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I would stop being a Ravens fan if we signed this <butt>hole!

 

It would be very, very hard to watch the games. I can't stand him. People give Pollard crap for being a "dirty" player. This guy wrote the book on being a dirty player, Hines Ward wrote the forward, and then this guy dedicated the book to Suh.

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It would be very, very hard to watch the games. I can't stand him. People give Pollard crap for being a "dirty" player. This guy wrote the book on being a dirty player, Hines Ward wrote the forward, and then this guy dedicated the book to Suh.


Ha, well said.
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Personally, I'm comfortable with bringing back Ihedigbo. I revert back to what Harbaugh said at his presser, the fact that nowadays Safeties are more interchangeable in where they can line up or end up. 

 

While I think everybody agrees that Elam is much better suited at SS, I mean the guy is a tackling machine when he's around the line of scrimmage. I think the problem is there is no solid FS out there and bringing back Diggs might be the only way to go. 

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Restructure Webb release suggs and get BYRD and MACK as our FA signings.

 

Go big or go home. The draft is an uncertainty. BYRD AND MACK are not.

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There is also MD Jennings, Ryan Clark, and Brandon Merriweather. Antoine Bethea, TJ Ward, and Jarius Byrd are all prob out og the Ravens price range

 

Ward is also a SS not a FS.

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If the Ravens end-up re-signing Corey Graham (which seems like a real possibility), they could always try him out at free safety. I mean, it's worth a shot in camp, at least, since the free agency market is short at FS; the same can be said for this year's draft and, after all, Graham did practice at free safety when Ed Reed was still on the team.
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Is Omar Brown that bad now ? I remember him making a lot of plays.

 

If Omar Brown was someone they viewed as an answer, I'm sure he would have seen some time back there by now.

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Restructure Webb release suggs and get BYRD and MACK as our FA signings.

 

Go big or go home. The draft is an uncertainty. BYRD AND MACK are not.

 

 

Who is Mack?

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Just read on Rotoworld that Louis Delmas may not be coming back to the Lions next year, as they need to get under the cap. If he gets cut, could be someone we look at. Played 16 games this year for the first time in his career. May be priced out of our range though

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Wouldn't mind seeing Lardarius tested out at FS if we can't find anyone suitable through free agency or the draft (though I don't particularly like the idea of him having to tackle players down the field).  He was pretty darn bad as a corner this year, he was beat numerous times on play-action passes and doesn't look anywhere near his 2011 form.

 

However, that move would leave us fairly light on corners, so we'd have to pick up one or two players there for insurance anyway, so it may be better to just look at people accustomed to playing FS.  It would also be really expensive to have him as FS, since generally safeties make a lot less than corners.

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Wouldn't mind seeing Lardarius tested out at FS (though I don't particularly like the idea of him having to tackle players down the field).  He was pretty darn bad as a corner this year, he was beat numerous times on play-action passes and doesn't look anywhere near his 2011 form.

 

However, that move would leave us fairly light on corners, so we'd have to pick up one or two players there for insurance anyway, so it may be better to just look at people accustomed to playing FS.

 

It's probably a move that should be considered if the Webb we saw last year is the Webb we'll get this year.  I'm not convinced it is, however.  He came back in less than a year from an ACL tear and had his obvious struggles coming back from that.  Then, later in the year, it was reported that he had been playing with a sports hernia, which I can imagine must feel very unpleasant.  In between all of this, he still had his games that were reminiscent of the Webb we signed to a big deal.  Moving him to FS is something that is probably worth considering, but I don't think we can make that move until he gets a chance to prove he's healthy and back to the Webb we're used to.

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Alex Mack, Cleveland's Center. Has FS potential :P

now I have visions of a 300 pound  man trying to run around defending the middle of the field ,,,,wow lol

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now I have visions of a 300 pound  man trying to run around defending the middle of the field ,,,,wow lol

that's just disturbing and I forgot what I wanted to say lol

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The more I think about it, the more I agree with myself on moving Webb to FS. Yes, I said I agree with myself.
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Just read on Rotoworld that Louis Delmas may not be coming back to the Lions next year, as they need to get under the cap. If he gets cut, could be someone we look at. Played 16 games this year for the first time in his career. May be priced out of our range though

Would love to see him with us but he would be too expensive. Omar Brown is the only true FS we have on the team. I predict if Diggs don't come back, Omar will be our starting FS. Im willing to bet on that.

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Here is a list of the FS that are Free Agents.

http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/safety/

 

I'd move Webb to FS and Elam back to SS.  Let Jimmy and Graham be my starting CB's.  I'd even draft or pick up another tall CB though and keep Ihedigbo as a #2 Safety.

 

#Mili

 

Doubt ihedigbo takes anything less than a starting safety position or backup money.

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Here is a list of the FS that are Free Agents.

http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/safety/

 

I'd move Webb to FS and Elam back to SS.  Let Jimmy and Graham be my starting CB's.  I'd even draft or pick up another tall CB though and keep Ihedigbo as a #2 Safety.

 

#Mili

 

But then you leave a big hole at CB by moving Webb.  Do you really want Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham, and Chykie Brown to be the top 3 corners?  It's highly unlikely that a draft pick would step in right away.  Although FS is definitely a weakness, I think you create a bigger hole by moving our starting CB.

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I would stop being a Ravens fan if we signed this <butt>hole!

 

If we get him and Pollard they'll literally injure a team into submission.

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