The Baltimore Ravens have 12 players who will be unrestricted free agents once the NFL offseason officially begins, some minor players and some significant pieces.
Once the NFL offseason officially begins, the Baltimore Ravens are going to have 12 players who will be unrestricted free agents, including some key pieces to the team from the past few seasons.
All in all the team will have three defensive players set to enter free agency as UFAs and nine offensive players.
Here’s a full list of which Baltimore Ravens will be unrestricted free agents this offseason:
- Mike Wallace, WR
- Michael Campanaro, WR
- Ryan Jensen, OL
- Brandon Boykin, CB
- Luke Bowanko, OL
- Crockett Gillmore, TE
- James Hurst, OL
- Steve Johnson, LB
- Ryan Mallett, QB
- Brent Urban, DE
- Benjamin Watson, TE
- Terrance West, RB
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Perhaps the most notable of those are Wallace and Jensen. Wallace represents the Ravens’ top wide receiver last year, finishing the season with 52 catches, 758 yards, and four touchdowns.
With both Wallace and Campanaro leaving as free agents, the Ravens will have just Jeremy Maclin, Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman, and Quincy Adeboyejo on their roster as wide receivers, and the Ravens reportedly may cut Maclin (among others) for salary cap space.
Jensen might be the most important impending free agent the Baltimore Ravens have, as he added a much-needed physical presence to an offensive line that was decimated by injury last season. Jensen performed his best last season, looking like the best lineman on the team not named Marshal Yanda.
Losing Watson and Gillmore is significant as well, as they represent the Ravens’ first- and second-string tight ends, though Gillmore has said he plans to move to the offensive line. Without them, that leaves Maxx Williams, Nick Boyle, and Vince Mayle on the roster, though it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Ravens target a tight end in free agency.
West was an important player at the beginning of the 2017 season, however after injury allowed Alex Collins to take the starting job from him with an excellent breakout performance, West seems to be fairly irrelevant to the team.
As for the rest, most are backup pieces that didn’t have much of an impact on the team. Boykin spent the entire season on injured reserve and has a declining skill set, and Mallett served only as a backup quarterback, however losing him does mean the Ravens will need to seek out another backup quarterback.
Personally, I wouldn’t expect the Ravens to re-sign any of these players except for Jensen and potentially Wallace. Signing Jensen should be a priority for them, as he significantly improves their offensive line, and while I wouldn’t be shocked if they re-signed Wallace given their need at wide receiver, they might also elect to pursue other, potentially better receivers.