AFC North: Dannell Ellerbe not Hearing from Ravens, & Steelers Rebuild Continues

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The Baltimore Ravens will be severely handicapped this offseason when it comes to re-signing their free agents and the team doesn’t expect to re-sign free agent linebacker Paul Kruger.  After finishing the season with 13 and a half sacks (including four in the playoffs), he’ll be one of the most sought-after pass-rushers in free agency this year, and could be staying in the AFC North.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on SportsCenter that the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts will pursue Kruger. He expects Kruger to be signed quickly after Tuesday’s free-agent signing period opens.

Meanwhile, the Ravens remain in talks with free agent middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and are expected to make him a significant offer before the start of free agency. There is already doubt the Ravens will be able to retain the services of free agent safety Ed Reed, and can ill-afford to let three defensive starters depart in free agency to go along with the retirement of Ray Lewis.

Free agent cornerback Cary Williams also played well last season when Lardarius Webb went down with a season-ending ACL tear, but he too could be leaving, and it could be to play for his former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano:

Cornerback Cary Williams played well last season, but the Ravens have so much young talent in the secondary that Williams is expendable, and like Reed, he will probably be pursued by Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator.

 

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