Two weeks out from their first practice of training camp, the
have just $606,858 available under the salary cap if they hope to, as they seem to do every year, acquire a key veteran before the start of this season. Of course, they could potentially free up more wiggle room by negotiating a long-term extension with running back
or by releasing a pricey veteran this summer (
Barring a change in these next two weeks, though, the Ravens will hit the practice fields in Owings Mills for camp and see what they have at a few uncertain positions. They may decide they don’t need a veteran back to spell Rice because
or maybe even
can help carry the load. They may maintain their confidence in their young wide receivers. And they may feel comfortable with their depth at free safety behind
and also with their young players at outside linebacker --
, etc. -- who are tasked with pressuring the quarterback with
But knowing the Ravens, they are always willing to upgrade with their roster in the late stages of the preseason (see the signing of McKinnie last year and the recent trades for
). And if they create cap flexibility beyond that $606,858 figure (per the
’s official website), there are some intriguing free agents who remain unspoken for. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports
Putting my speculation hat on, here are four players from Marvez’s list who might be a fit in Baltimore if the Ravens feel like tinkering.
Carter recorded 10 sacks for the
last season before a quadriceps injury ended his season. He has been linked to the Patriots again this offseason, but he remains unsigned. If the Ravens feel they need another edge rusher to help overcome the loss of Suggs, maybe they will consider giving Carter’s agent a phone call.
, who has 23.5 career sacks, is also a free agent of note.
If Ravens coach
wants a scouting report on Edwards, he can reach out to his brother, Jim. Edwards played nine games for
in 2011, but made just 15 catches for 181 yards. If he can still run -- and that's a big if -- his size might help out team’s downfield passing attack. But that’s only if the Ravens lose confidence in
The Ravens believe that one of their young backs can replace
as the backup to Rice. Anthony Allen is the frontrunner heading into training camp, but
. But if the Ravens go with a veteran, Grant would be a good fit. He was productive as the main back in Green Bay, he has good size and he is capable of playing on third down.
Leonhard played just one season in Baltimore, but he became a fan favorite lining up next to Reed in 2008. He left with
for New York in 2009, but his time with the
appears to be over. Most of his experience is at strong safety, but the 29-year-old has the smarts and speed to be a passable stopgap
. He also would add value on special teams.
Marvez also had quarterback
, who last bounced passes off the turf for the
, on his list of top free agents. But I’m not going there. The Ravens