The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl last season, and then they spent a fortune locking up the services of franchise quarterback Joe Flacco for years to come.
After that, though, the Ravens saw a massive outflow of defensive talent through retirement and free agency. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams all walked out the door. From the pool of free-agent signings, only outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is slotted to replace any of them.Wholesale nfl Nike Jerseys,Jerseys For sale Cheap
Yet the Ravens were smart and judicial in beefing up the defensive line, and in April they received my highest draft grade.
The early reviews on safety Matt Elam and inside linebacker Arthur Brown have been good, and they apparently look exactly as advertised: step-in starters who'll shore up the defense in 2013 and for years to come.
Still, with talented-but-troubled free-agent signing Rolando McClain choosing to retire rather than rehab his career, it's a reminder that this Ravens rebirth is in its infancy. At this point, it appears they won't be Super Bowl contenders this season.
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