Harbaugh Expects More Moves Prior to Draft

John-Harbaugh

ORLANDO, Fla. — To owner Steve Bisciotti, the moves the Baltimore Ravens have made this offseason have left the team without any glaring holes.

Bisciotti said that during a conversation with RSR Monday.

But there is still work to be done. Bisciotti recognizes that. So does coach John Harbaugh, who spoke with reporters Tuesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes during the second day of the annual NFL owners meetings.

The Ravens reportedly have around $8 million in cap space, and they could still add to their team even more prior to the NFL draft.

When asked if Baltimore is done making moves until the draft, Harbaugh said emphatically, “No way.”

“It’s a process for sure,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’ve made full use of the first couple phases of free agency, but you guys know there’s still more to it.”

Harbaugh said the team remains “actively engaged” in conversations with several free agents. Some of those free agents are Baltimore’s own players it would like to retain. Some are free agents from other teams.

Tight end Ed Dickson is one of the Ravens’ own players they remain in contact with.

Harbaugh also acknowledged that Baltimore has interest in former Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels, who played under new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston.

Aside from tight end, which Baltimore plans to address at some point, the Ravens also plan to address the free safety position as well as the offensive line and running back.

Harbaugh and Bisciotti also both talked about the importance of adding competition for the third cornerback job vacated by Corey Graham.

Baltimore has two former draft picks that will compete for that job — Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson — but the plan is to add another cornerback into that mix, whether that’s through free agency or the draft.

“We need to bolster the corner position like Steve said, build some competition for the third corner position and even push the other two guys,” Harbaugh said.

At free safety, the Ravens just signed former St. Louis Ram Darian Stewart. They also have Jeromy Miles, who Harbaugh said will factor into the competition for the starting job. But it’s clear that Baltimore wants to find a better option at that position.

There aren’t many options among the remaining free agents, but Harbaugh has spent part of the week in Orlando watching tape of the free safety prospects in this year’s draft.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama could be an option for the Ravens as early as the first round. Harbaugh watched his tape Monday night and said of Clinton-Dix, “He looks good.”

 

More on Matt’s conversation with John Harbaugh here…

3 Raves on “Harbaugh Expects More Moves Prior to Draft

  1. Mike D on said:

    I believe they re-signed him to a new deal to lower his cap hit this year.

    It seems like Ravens wants to use much of that cap space for 1) new draftees 2) Torrey’s contract extension.

  2. Cheri on said:

    Add Decoud or Ike Taylor as the vet FS .Next years free saftey class is better then this year draft class.
    Get Blount for RB and also O.Daniels at TE and Dimitri Patterson for nickle corner then you truly will have no needs going in to the draft with the exception of taking a young receiver high in the draft to groom behind S.Smith and a RT to challangeWagner

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