Baltimore Ravens’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

The Baltimore Ravens' 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

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Baltimore has been a bit off their game this offseason. Between not holding people accountable for performance to rewarding bad performance among other things, I believe they have gone in the wrong direction. Sure there have been some notable transactions like re-signing Dennis Pitta and bringing Steve Smith to town. However, here are five big screw-ups of the Ravens thus far.

5. Re-Signing Brynden Trawick

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5. Re-Signing Brynden Trawick

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Once again this is another wasted roster spot. I could see if he was actually good on special teams or at least decent on defense, but that is not the case. The only notable thing he did was hurt Jacoby Jones for five weeks of the season. This waste of space should be looking for employment elsewhere, yet he has been given another shot to make the team.

4. Re-Signing Terrence Cody

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4. Re-Signing Terrence Cody

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I have never seen any organization go out of their way to keep players because of their alma mater. Ozzie Newsome made a huge mistake in re-signing Cody. That spot could have gone to someone who can actually do their job. This continues to prove my theory of bad performance being rewarded in Baltimore.

3. Not Signing a True RT in Free Agency

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3. Not Signing a True RT in Free Agency

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Everyone is still gushing about the signing of Eugene Monroe. What they don’t realize is there is gaping hole where Michael Oher used to be at the RT spot. I am not saying Oher was anything special, but he was filling a hole. He did a horrible job of it, but he was there. Ozzie is leaving it up to injury-prone players like Kelechi Osemele and other inexperienced players to compete for the spot. This is a mistake.

2. Not Firing Juan Castillo

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2. Not Firing Juan Castillo

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Never have I seen such negligent behavior by a head coach. Juan Castillo is the sole reason behind the run game failing last year, yet he still collects a paycheck? I am baffled by this and am sold on the statement that bad performance in Baltimore is rewarded. The "Buddy System" is what gets coaches fired in this league. Ask Andy Reid what happened the last time he stood by Castillo and supported him.

1. Not Releasing Ray Rice After Incident

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1. Not Releasing Ray Rice After Incident

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He's one of the advocates of the anti-bullying campaign, and he allegedly gets caught on camera after knocking his fiance, now wife, out in an elevator. All signs point to cutting Rice, yet he is still holding a roster spot. Not to mention his play last year was terrible. There is no reason to keep the seat warm for Rice as he may be facing up to three years in jail on assault charges. Once again another bad decision in Baltimore.


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