Everyone knew he Baltimore Ravens would be severely handicapped this offseason when it comes to re-signing their free agents. After signing Joe Flacco to a massive contract that makes him one of the highest-paid players in NFL history, there was only so much money to go around to their many other free agents. But no one envisioned the defending Super Bowl champions would be gutted as badly as they’ve been thus far.
When middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired, it was believed Dannell Ellerbe would be re-signed to take over the middle. Instead, he struck a five-year, $35 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Coming off a career-best season with nine sacks in the regular season and 4.5 sacks in the postseason, linebacker Paul Kruger stayed in the AFC North as he agreed to a five-year, $40.5 million deal with the Celeveland Browns.
After the Ravens failed to sign receiver Anquan Boldin to a contract extension in order to reduce his salary cap number, they traded their leading receiver to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick.