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Ravens Hope NFL’s Free Agency Policy Remains the Same

The Ravens wouldn’t mind if thenew CBA being negotiated between the NFL players and owners kept the old terms in regards to free agency according to Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.

If the NFL institutes a new policy where a player can become a free agent after four years, the Ravens will still have a good team. If the old one remains in effect where it’s six years, the Ravens will have a really, really good team.

It’s clear they are keeping their fingers crossed in favor of six years which would allow them to retain starters such as offensive guard/tackle Marshal Yanda, fullback Le’Ron McClain, safety Dawan Landry, cornerbacks Josh Wilson and Chris Carr and offensive tackle Jared Gaither.

“You always have to address your team first, the potential free agents, regardless of what rules we’ll be operating under,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We already know there is a class of our free agents that are going to be available to the market.

“Everything will be predicated on what the requirement is going to be for free agency, whether it’s four or six years, If it is four years to free agency like it was before 2010, then our numbers goes up of guys who are eligible to become free agents. If it is six, like it was last year, then that number decreases significantly for us and works into the Ravens’ favor. We’re prepared for both scenarios.”

Newsome expects a torrid pace once free agency finally begins, but he says the Ravens will be patient.

“We will be aggressive at retaining our own players, that’s been our history,” Newsome said. “But we will be smart about getting in the market with those guys, and understanding that we’ve had success in retaining some, and had some misfortune missing on guys like Jason Brown, Bart Scott and Anthony Weaver. We have operated on both sides of the ledger.

“Is it probably going to be fast-paced? Yes. But I think a lot of teams are going to exhibit some patience, and I think that’s the position we’re going to be in. We have a veteran team, but some of our success in the past is waiting and keeping an eye on guys who get cut, players that can come in and help our football team just as much as [unrestricted free agents].”

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