Today’s start of the NFL’s free agency period will bring hype, hope and anticipation to many football cities across the country. But in Baltimore, fans will start to hold their breath at 4 p.m. as they wait to see if
finds a better deal elsewhere than the one the
have offered him to remain here, and they will be crossing their fingers that their pricy, purple
jersey won’t become obsolete by day’s end.
We expect to chase some Ravens news today, but it’s more like to be about one or more of the team’s 12 unrestricted free agents bolting Baltimore than it will be the Ravens signing a big-name free agent. If you read our sports section this morning while chugging down coffee, it probably felt as if you have read
, but I’d hard to argue with the team’s patient approach in free agency. They like most of their players and their first priority is keeping them around. And then they'll go from there.
That’s why there is very little chatter about the Ravens making a play for someone like
even though both would be welcome additions. The Ravens have enough salary cap space to make a splash if they wish, but they say their focus is on keeping Grubbs and other key free agents and reaching long-term contract extensions for
So with T-minus four hours and counting until free agency, what’s the buzz out in the blogosphere in regards to the Ravens?
When it comes to the Ravens retaining their own free agents, the conversation starts in Indianapolis, where the
are amidst a roster overhaul under new coach
(remember him?). And with the Colts having oodles of cap room,
The Indianapolis Star
has indicated that the Colts may pursue Johnson, defensive linemen
, and safety
The Indianapolis Star
, who was recently released by the Ravens.
There has also been media speculation linking Johnson and inside linebacker
-- both were starters for the Ravens in 2011 --
. Might Redding, another starter,
? And Nakamura, a backup during his four-year tenure in Baltimore, could garner interest from the
in addition to Pagano’s Colts.
Meanwhile, Grubbs is expected to have a number of suitors in addition to the Ravens, who have put a strong offer on the table for the
, who were hit by cap penalties from the NFL, could be in the market for guards, and according to
, respectively, those teams still plan to spend in free agency. The Bengals, the Titans and the
seem like logical fits for Grubbs given their needs and salary cap space, though