The Baltimore Ravens could have a completely different look next season.
A number of veterans are set to leave the Baltimore Ravens in free agency during this offseason. Currently, the free agent market is moving quickly. The biggest question has been, “What will the Ravens do?” Here are some of the answers:
Elvis Dumervil Cut
Former Baltimore outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was released by the team on Wednesday.
“Elvis Dumervil has been a leader for us on and off the field. He has made a positive impression on our franchise, and we have been fortunate to have him as a Raven,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We respect his professionalism and the way he plays the game, in addition to his extensive charitable efforts that have greatly impacted our Baltimore community and his parents’ native country of Haiti. We have not closed the door on the possibility of him returning in the future.”
Dumervil would go on to thank Ravens fans in a tweet as well:
— Elvis Dumervil (@EKD92) March 8, 2017
Dumervil is 33 years old and it was a huge possibility that he would have been cut during the offseason. His injury history, in addition to his high cap number $8.375 million has made him a cap casualty for Baltimore.
Dennis Pitta Asked to Take Pay Cut
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has been reportedly asked to take a pay cut:
In an effort to open up more cap room, the Ravens have asked TE Dennis Pitta to take a pay cut. Nothing imminent on that front yet.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 8, 2017
During the 2016 season, Pitta had a career high in yards (729), receptions (86), and targets (121). This should open up more space for the Ravens to add more free agents and possibly, players in a trade.
Kyle Juszczyk Agrees With 49ers
Former Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk has reportedly agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Juszczyk will receive a 4-year/$21 million deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
Rick Wagner Agrees With Lions
Former Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner has reportedly agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions. Ian Rapoport has reported that the deal will be worth more than $9 million per season. Alex Lewis will most likely move to right tackle to soften the blow.
Torrey Smith Becomes a Free Agent
Former San Francisco 49ers and Ravens wideout Torrey Smith became a free agent on Tuesday. Smith signed a 5-year/$40 million contract with the 49ers in 2015 and finished with 53 catches for 930 yards and seven touchdowns.
“Professionally, it was horrible,” Smith said. “It wasn’t fun. We didn’t win. I wasn’t involved. As an organization, I had a great time there. Great people. The locker room was awesome. I played for two different coaches, and I had a great relationship with those guys and their staffs. Just as far as football, playing and having fun, it sucked.”
Smith was optimistic that he would bounce back in the future:
Don't be surprised when I'm back on track next year…….
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 6, 2017
Could he become a member of the Ravens once more?
Ravens Agree to Terms With Tony Jefferson
Safety Tony Jefferson has reportedly agreed to terms with Baltimore. According to Nick Shook of NFL.com, Jefferson took a smaller offer from the Ravens vs a larger offer with the Cleveland to play with a contender:
The safety, ranked No. 14 in NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents, is expected to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the negotations. Rapoport added that Jefferson is walking away from a more lucrative offer from the Cleveland Browns to instead sign with the former Cleveland Browns, now known as the Ravens.
Baltimore will now pair Eric Weddle together with Jefferson (25) in the defensive backfield. It arguably could give them the best safety tandem in the NFL.
Lardarius Webb Could Be Cut
Ravens safety Lardarius Webb could be on the chopping block after the reported signing of Jefferson. If Baltimore cuts Webb (31), they could save $5.5 million in cap space.
Ravens Agree to Terms With Danny Woodhead
The Ravens have reportedly agreed to terms with running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead (32) is coming off of an ACL tear that he suffered as a member of the San Diego Chargers during the 2016 season. He is now fully healthy, according to Rapoport:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
Vladimir Ducasse Agrees With Buffalo Bills
Former Ravens offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse has reportedly agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills according to Jason La Canfora. The deal is reportedly for three years. Ducasse made eight starts at right guard for Baltimore in his only season for the team.