Ravens general manager Newsome ready to start drafting.
A month on from their triumph in New Orleans in the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens are in the midst of a roster overhaul as players continue to leave.
Following Ed Reed’s switch to Houston on Thursday the number of players that have left this off-season rose to eight, with no defending Super Bowl winner shedding more than five previously.
The Ravens made Joe Flacco the highest-paid player in league history earlier this month, before seeing the likes of Dannelle Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Cary Williams, Bernard Pollard leave, as well as wide receiver Anquan Boldin who joined the San Francisco 49ers.
Add to that the retirement of Ray Lewis who now begins a new career as an ESPN analyst, the Ravens roster will be looking a little different come next season.
However, despite that painting a picture of panic, general manager Ozzie Newsome didn’t appear too worried at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday, smiling at reporters and saying: “Time to go draft some players”, as reported by NFL.com.
Over the years the Ravens have gained a reputation of successfully being able to redevelop the franchise and are clearly confident of doing so again this off-season.
The front office has a history of smart drafting, clever free-agency acquisitions while also emphasising in-house player development. This year appears no different as the reigning Super Bowl champions look to enjoy further success, but with a few new faces.