have lost three starters in free agency, but it's nothing to have major concerns about. Now, if they lose inside linebacker
, it might be time to get a little nervous.
The departure of left guard
to New Orleans was a major loss. He was the Ravens' best offensive lineman and about to enter his peak years in the NFL. But the best teams in the NFL always lose quality players because other teams raid them through free agency, so traditional favorites like the
, Ravens and
will lose big-name players occasionally. I don't know if
is the answer for Grubbs, but he is certainly a stop-gap player for at least a year, having played in Philadelphia, Miami, Carolina and Cincinnati.
My question is: Where is
? He was a backup guard/center last year, and no team is talking him up, much like last year when teams backed away from him partly because of knee problems. He is certainly a better center than guard, and could help the Ravens this season. With the departure of Grubbs, it appears the Ravens will probably draft a center or guard in the first round.
The loss of McClain would scare me. You need a certain unselfish-type player in the middle along with veteran
. You want a player who is going to throw his body around and be a crash dummy while Lewis makes the tackles.
did it when he played for the Ravens, and McClain has done it well the past two seasons. I'm not sure if
is that type of player.
The Ravens can replace outside linebacker
, and he'll be great with the
. They need some tough guys. Defensive end
played well at times, but had no presence late in the season and in the playoffs. The Ravens have capable replacements with