Ravens’ Restricted Free Agents – Who should go? Who should stay?

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The sounds of numbers being crunched can be heard for miles as the Ravens prepare to enter into the crazy world of free agency.

Looking through the list of Baltimore’s Restricted Free Agents I can not help but ask myself who should stay and who should go?

Obviously most of the questions will be answered by how quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract plays out. His agent Joe Linta is scheduled to meet with Ravens top brass this week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Joe will be a Raven. I have no worries that he won’t be in the purple and black next season.

According to the NFL in order to keep a restricted free agent the Ravens have to apply an offer sheet valued at a certain draft pick. Another team could then try to sign the restricted free agent by giving the Ravens the corresponding draft pick and offering the player a contract the Ravens can’t match.

Baltimore has six pending restricted free agents – tight end Dennis Pitta, tight end Ed Dickson, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood, long snapper Morgan Cox, defensive lineman Arthur Jones and wide receiver David Reed. Of those six, in my opinion the Ravens should keep at least three of them perhaps even four and here is why:

Dennis Pitta- Proven to be one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets and a dependable receiver. The tight end hauled in 10 touchdowns (regular season/post) and is a huge threat in the middle of the field. There is no doubt that Pitta will have an high offer sheet – perhaps a first-round – to keep another team from snatching him up.

Arthur Jones- The former Syracuse player had a decent season and his best thus far for the Ravens. He started six games this season and registered 4.5 sacks and 47 tackles. Jones played the run well and had two key plays for the Ravens this postseason.

Morgan Cox- Deemed as part of the Ravens special teams “Wolf Pack” by kicker Justin Tucker, Cox has been a solid contributor to the team. The former Ed Block Courage Award winner has been with the team the last three seasons and has a solid relationship with Tucker and Koch. In a game where outcomes can be decided on the legs of kickers it is important to keep the “Wolf Pack” intact.

Now for the easy part. Who should go:

David Reed- Reed started the season on the physically unable to perform list and it wasn’t until week 13 that he returned to the lineup. While Reed showed glimpse’s of what he is capable of in the Ravens return game Baltimore has Jacoby Jones thus making Reed’s space on the roster expendable.

Ramon Harewood- The offensive lineman started the first the first five games for the Ravens this past season. He was soon to be replaced by Bobbie Williams and Jah Reid and played in just six games. The Ravens offensive line found their magic after Jah Reid was injured and adjustments were made. Bryant McKinnie was inserted into the starting line up at left tackle,  Oher shifted to right tackle, Osemele slid to left guard and Yanda held down the right guard position.

What list would not be complete with out a player on the bubble.

Ed Dickson- Dickson’s production was limited this season when the former Oregon Duck caught just  21 passes for 225 yards and no touchdowns. Dickson still remains a huge part of the Ravens’ blocking game for Flacco an area where Pitta needs work on. Dickson did have two key catches for them in the Super Bowl and with Billy Bajema being a free agent this season, the Ravens may want to try and hold onto Dickson.

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8 Raves on “Ravens’ Restricted Free Agents – Who should go? Who should stay?

  1. elland on said:

    Let me see.. how often do we really get rid of RFA, without a figth? Not often.

    This is easy Harewood, Reed and Dickson will be competing for roster spots.. The question is will all of them be there when we cut to 53.

    • Bill on said:

      Agreed. The Ravens will give low tenders to Harewood, Reed and Dickson. Dickson will definitely be on the team. Harewood and Reed will compete. Even if you have the starters figured out, you still need depth

  2. Josh on said:

    You’re the first person that I have read who says we should let Dickson walk. And I AGREE! I really like this Alex Silvestro kid we signed to a future’s deal after the season. He couldn’t get on the field in New England because he had some guys named Hernandez and Gronkowski ahead of him. We could also find some TE depth in the draft with the myriad selections we will have. As for David Reed…what a disappointment. He left Utah as the school’s all-time leading WR. I like Doss and Deonte as guys who can fight for that roster spot.

  3. mark on said:

    Harewood will cost little to retain and every team needs depth. Morgan who, let him too fight for a spot. I dont have a problem replacing dickson with a much better blocker and catcher. However what dickson does that pitta cant do is block and get down the field. Find me a rookie that can do that. Reed thanks partner take care and good bye.

  4. Jerry M on said:

    David fumblitis Reed Is done here in Bmore. Dickson I believe should stay but also grab a TE in the draft. Shoot actually we should get rid of all but Dickson. No matter what I know Ozzie & company will make good moves on all aspects of our team.

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