We’re about 40 hours into the NFL free agent period and the
And if you are surprised or angered by those facts, you probably shouldn't be. This – as everyone has written repeatedly over the past week – is how the Ravens do their business in free agency. They don't throw a ton of money at the biggest names on the market. They don't overreact to market trends or what other teams are doing. They do their shopping when the prices come down. They like to retain their own top talent, but they repeatedly show that they're not afraid to let guys go elsewhere and give younger players an opportunity.
That’s not to say that everything that they have done or have planned has been predictable over the past couple of days. There has been a few interesting developments, probably none bigger than the news that former
Winston is a really good player, one of the better right tackles in football over the past couple of years. But he is a right tackle and the Ravens have
While were on the subject of offensive linemen, I keep expecting to hear or read any minute now that
And one more thing that struck me – and perhaps I’m reading far too much into a couple of quotes – but it does appear that the Ravens didn’t pursue returns by Johnson or Redding too vigorously. I found it interesting that Redding said in his conference call with reporters upon joining the
, “It’s always a great opportunity, man, when somebody wants you.” And then there was this one by Johnson in a radio interview last night with WBAL’s