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Taking a Look at the Ravens Offseason – Who Comes Back, Who Goes

The sudden end of the Baltimore Ravens 2019 season didn’t come without the realization that the team as it’s constructed will never be the same as it was.

The club now will have to figure out its task for the offseason, figuring out what players are worth a contract, and what players they need to bring back in order to finally take that next step forward when they take the field again in 2020.

When you look at the free agent list for the Ravens, it is made up of 23 free agents in total, that are categorized as unrestricted, restricted, exclusive rights, and contract option.

If you’re a you can see that the Birds have a ton of work to do, and it’s not going to be easy to get a number of these players back with the team.

Let’s start with the Unrestricted Free Agents, those players that are free to go as soon as they want, or if the Ravens want to bring them back they for sure can chat with them about their futures playing in Baltimore.

Jimmy Smith, Matthew Judon, Michael Pierce, Patrick Onwuasor, Seth Roberts, Anthony Levine, Pernell McPhee, Domata Peko, Josh Bynes, Bryden Trawick, Jordan Richards, De’Anthony Thomas, Justin Ellis, Chris Moore, Jihad Ward, Hroniss Grasu and Andre Smith.

It is obvious that it’s going to be impossible for the Ravens to bring back most of their unrestricted free agents, but there are a couple names that stand out that the team is going to try and likely chat with as they look to the task of building the team for the offseason.

Included on that list of players are Matthew Judon, Jimmy Smith, Michael Pierce, Josh Bynes, and Anthony Levine. Smith is probably the number one priority on the list, and if the Ravens can not allow him to reach free agency, it they should be able to get him back.

Smith has spoken about wanting to return to the Ravens, and the Ravens feel likewise.

As far as Judon goes, don’t be shocked to see the Ravens use the franchise tag if the two sides cannot agree to a long-term deal.

The rest of the unrestricted free agents on the team are all a great unknown, and some of it will simply come down to who wants to stay, and who is willing to leave the comforts of Baltimore.

The Ravens have just one restircted free agent for 2020, that being Matt Skura. You may have forgotten about Skura, as he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team’s win over the Rams back in week 12.

He’s got a long recovery as he has said that he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL, and dislocated his knee cap. The team may take a flier on him, but it won’t be a very wealthy deal.

Finally there are the Exclusive-Rights Free Agents, with the big name being running back Gus Edwards, who has been valuable for the offense the last few years.

It’s important for the Ravens to make sure they get a new deal with Edwards done. Also on the list are Parker Ehinger, Fish Smithson and Randin Crecelius.

If nothing else the shock of already being in the offseason should be enough to wake the team up, and for them to make sure they get the job of building for 2020 already in progress.

Easier said than done for the two-time defending AFC North champions.

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