5 Expendable Baltimore Ravens Players
5 Expendable Baltimore Ravens Players
Are you ready for another Baltimore Ravens slideshow? I guess you could say I’m in the zone as it comes to Ravens slideshows. I’ve got to do something to kill time before free agency, the draft, training camp, etc.
The Ravens suffered their first non-winning, non-playoff season since 2007. Even with all kinds of issues like no running game, a bad offensive line, inconsistent quarterback play and bad fourth quarter defense, this team found a way to overcome a 4-6 start and win four in a row. The Ravens were exposed, however, in their last two games against playoff teams in the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals. One year after an amazing and improbable Super Bowl run, the Ravens find themselves watching this year's playoffs from the couch. This is something players and fans alike don’t want to happen on a consistent basis. To get back to the playoffs in 2014, the Ravens will need to add the right players and subtract the ones that won’t hurt that much.
If you’re a Ravens fan then none of the names on the list should be that shocking, considering that the Ravens will once again have to battle the salary cap and everything that goes along with that. Be on the lookout for my counter slideshow to this one which will feature five non-expendable players (probably sometime next week). For now it’s time to trim some fat. Feel free to start clicking that “Next” button now. Enjoy the show.
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5. Vonta Leach
I would say Vonta Leach wasn't expendable if the Ravens actually used him. It boggles my mind why Leach wouldn't be used more for a struggling running game. Either way, the fullback position is going the way of the dodo, and the Ravens have young Kyle Juszczyk so I'm sure he could replace Leach for his token three plays per game.
4. Michael Oher
It seems inevitable that Michael Oher will not return to the Ravens, so we might as all accept it. Oher has been a serviceable RT, but he has never lived up to the hype. The Ravens will try to re-sign LT Eugene Monroe and perhaps give second-year man Rick Wagner a shot at the RT position. Of course the Ravens could also find a new LT or RT of the future in the upcoming draft.
3. Jacoby Jones
I can't wait to see all the nasty comments I get on Facebook for this one. I love Jacoby Jones and what he's done for this team. The man is an electric playmaker, and one of the heroes from the 2012 Super Bowl run. The fact of the matter is that Jones would command $4-5 million a year. Although he doesn't have the track record, Deonte Thompson could fill Jones' role in 2014 and beyond. It's inevitable, people. Don't jump off the ledge when he signs with the Patriots or whoever.
2. Dallas Clark
Dallas Clark was merely a stopgap option after Dennis Pitta suffered his hip injury. Whether the Ravens re-sign Pitta or not (they probably will) Clark will probably go bye-bye. I'm predicting retirement.
1. Ed Dickson
Here goes another expendable tight end. "Stone hands" Ed Dickson is another guy that never lived up to the hype. The Ravens will look to keep Pitta and add more tight ends through free agency and the draft.
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