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The 5 Biggest Free Agent Signings in Baltimore Ravens History

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When it comes to Free-Agency, there are the GMs who immediately go after the highest priced, most highly-touted, overrated player to hit the market and the results have varied. However when it comes to methodical owners who get the best value and price, there is none better than Ozzie Newsome. Newsome does not always sign players on the first day of Free-Agency when the phones are going hot, but when he does it is notable.

No. 5 Trevor Pryce

Trevor Pryce
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No. 5 Trevor Pryce

Trevor Pryce
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Any guy that trains in a swimming pool with 40 pound weights strapped to him and then runs a couple miles without even drying off is a solid pickup. Ozzie Newsome knew this former Denver Bronco was gold. He has 25 sacks, 82 solo tackles and three forced fumbles over a five-year span; it may not seem like a lot but he was key in the run-stop. Pryce (along with other defenders) owned any ball-carrier with the rock during his tenure in Baltimore.

No. 4 Derrick Mason

Derrick Mason
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No. 4 Derrick Mason

Derrick Mason
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Signing Derrick Mason was the best WR move the Ravens made since the organization moved from Cleveland in 1996. He is still the current franchise record holder for total yards as well as being tied with Torrey Smith for TDs in a season by a Raven. Sure Baltimore picked him up after his speed diminished but he was the best route runner they had ever seen in purple and black.

No. 3 Rod Woodson

Rod Woodson

No. 3 Rod Woodson

Rod Woodson

Baltimore seems to know their stuff when it comes to Safeties. Signing Woodson in 1998 produced results immediately; he had 76 tackles with six Interceptions in his first season. The only safety better was his successor Ed Reed, who is pretty good. Woodson along with a few other key defensive beasts spearheaded a monster 2000 season that ended with them celebrating as the world champs. Another great signing. Way to go Ozzie Newsome!

No. 2 Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe
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No. 2 Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe
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Based on his mouth alone, Sharpe would have been unemployed; however when you see what this guy brought to the table stat-wise, Ozzie had to pounce on the opportunity in 2000. It definitely paid off. Sharpe’s clutch 96 yard TD in the AFC Championship is what put the Ravens in “the dance” in 2000. He broke Newsome’s career receptions and TD records which were NFL bests at the time.

No. 1 Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis
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No. 1 Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis
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This legendary leader almost slipped away in free agency. It’s a good thing Newsome and Lewis came to terms or the longest tenured Ravens would not have been resigned. Lewis started his career in Baltimore and ended it there racking up a franchise leading 2050 tackles, 41 sacks, 19 forced fumbles and 31 interceptions during his tenure as a Raven. He will go down as the greatest re-signing in Ravens history and No. 1 on my list.