Dannell Ellerbe, Ed Reed now become Ravens' focus
- By Kareem Copeland
- Updated: March 1, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.
The Baltimore Ravens had their entire focus on re-signing quarterback Joe Flacco. Now that he's done, they can turn their attention to the rest of their free agents. Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, safety Ed Reed, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Cary Williams head that list.
We don't know the details to the Flacco deal, so we don't know exactly what the cap space looks like. One source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Ellerbe was the Ravens' best defensive player in 2012. He's been considered the top free agent priority after Flacco.
Most have assumed that Reed will have to finish his illustrious career elsewhere, but we'll see.
Kruger's situation will be interesting to watch considering he's just 27-years-old and had a career-high nine sacks last season. But the Ravens drafted Courtney Upshaw last year with the understanding they might not be able to afford Kruger.
There's risk with McKinnie, but his presence allows Michael Oher to remain at his natural position at left tackle. Williams more than held his own after Lardarius Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament, but he wasn't optimistic recently.
The Ravens have had lots of decisions to make prior to free agency. They can get to it now that Flacco's deal is done.
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