Evaluating the Ravens' moves thus far

Posted at 6:52 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 18:42:15-04

8-8 and another year left out of postseason play.

The Ravens need help in several areas and the team is already making moves in order to improve the team.

So far, they've cut ties with defensive backs Shareece Wright and Kendrick Lewis and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. All of these moves free up roughly $11 million in cap space the team needs for new additions. 

As for additions, former Chargers running back Danny Woodhead and former Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson are expected to sign in Baltimore. 

Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to resign with the team. 

The offense was dealt two big blows. 

Tackle Rick Wagner is heading to the Detroit Lions and fullback Kyle Juszczyk is going west to play with the 49ers. 

While there's still plenty of moves to be made, this isn't a bad start for the Ravens. 

The Ravens know they need to improve on the defensive side on the ball. While the defense ranked first in the league at different points of the season, the secondary struggled as the season went on. 

Wright lost his starting job to rookie Tayvon Young midway through the season even after signing a 3-year deal before the 2016 season. 

While Eric Weddle was a nice addition, at times he struggled bringing runners down especially in the red zone. 

Jimmy Smith was in and out of the lineup dealing with injuries furhter causing issues in the back end of the defense. 

A good pass rush can cure a lacking secondary. The Ravens are fortunate to have Terrell Suggs, Brandon Williams, for now, and emerging young players like Matthew Judon and Michael Pierce. The loss of Dumervil won't sting as much if guys like Judon, Pierce and Za'Darius Smith continue to show flashes. 

Losing the two players on offense hurts more but the addition of Woodhead can provide the Ravens what Juszczyk offered -- a player who is a reliable pass-catcher. 

Wagner proved to be a valuable asset playing at various positions when others came down with injuries. 

Sure, they'll take a hit in the running game and Joe Flacco won't have a fullback blocking for him when he drops back to pass, but grabbing a now healthy Woodhead adds a different dynamic to the offense. 

He can line up all over the field, carry the ball if needed and even has experience in the return game. 

The Ravens may still lack a true No. 1 wide receiver right now, but having a reliable option to go to on third downs could help Flacco make quick decisions if the offensive line falters in front of him.