Free agency began four weeks ago today (though after waiting days and days and days for the Ravens to make moves, it feels like it started four months ago). The Ravens lost three starters during the first week of free agency and a few reserves. But they locked down a pair of promising, young defenders in cornerback
The Ravens don't have much salary cap space, but they say they aren't done signing players. At some point this offseason, they could sign a veteran offensive lineman, wide receiver and/or running back.
Looking at the rest of the
Heading into the draft, it appears the Ravens, who were AFC North champions in 2011, haven't given much ground to their division rivals. Here's a quick look at what each of those three teams has done.
The departed: The Bengals entered free agency with 19 unrestricted free agents, and despite being among the league leaders in cap space, they have retained only five of them. They lost two players from their defensive line rotation (
New faces: The Bengals have signed 10 unrestricted free agents, including five of their own (free safety
What’s left to be done: Cincinnati has two picks in the first round of the draft, which could be used on an offensive guard, a defensive back or maybe a running back. The Bengals’ defense was stout last season, but they need to find a reliable cornerback to pair with
The departed: The Browns entered free agency with several unrestricted free agents, including running back
New faces: The Browns haven’t done much, though they did add competition at defensive end with Rucker and
What’s left to be done: A lot, but the Browns have two first-round picks and three of the top 37 overall selections. They were interested in trading for the second overall draft pick from the
The departed: The Steelers have a bunch of free agents. Wallace is the most important one, but as the deadline to submit offer sheets to restricted free agents approaches, it doesn't look like he is going anywhere. The team was forced to make difficult decisions in cutting popular veterans
New faces: None. The Steelers have signed just one player --