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Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome: ‘I Took a Safety Net from Joe’

 Ozzie Newsome

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With all that is surrounding the Baltimore Ravens and the wide receiver position, a lot of people seem to think the Ravens made the wrong decision letting Anquan Boldin go after what everyone saw with the inconsistencies in the Ravens’ first preseason game.

Even more speculation of the Ravens’ decision has come after the Ravens signed Brandon Stokley to a deal recently. But even with that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome knows he took a player in Boldin, who was very valuable away from Joe Flacco.

“I took a safety net from Joe, and I’m well aware of that,” Newsome noted to Sports Illustrated.com. “I’ve been a safety net for Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar, so I understand what he’ll be missing.”

While people can speculate whether or not the Ravens made the right decision, people have to understand that sooner or later, the Ravens had to let some of the older veterans go. Do people honestly believe the Ravens would have made the moves they have made this offseason if Boldin was still here? Newsome doesn’t think so.

“The acquisitions of Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff are a direct result of the money we saved from that contract,” Newsome said to Peter King of Sports Illustrated.com. “And other guys we got—Chris Canty, Marcus Spears, Daryl Smith—were helped by the savings. So if you ask the question, you can’t just say, ‘Do you wish you kept him?’ You also have to look at the unintended consequences of your actions.”

When you look at all of the talent the Ravens have been able to obtain entering the 2013 season, I can see why Newsome feels that way. I agree with him.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter at WolaOdeniran52, or add him to your network on Google