ESPN Writer Doesn’t See Ravens Moving on From Ronnie Stanley

General Manager Eric DeCosta and Head Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged on the Combine yesterday that revamping the offensive line is the highest precedence this offseason. Perhaps the most important query dealing with the unit is what the long run holds for veteran left deal with Ronnie Stanley.

Stanley, who has been hampered by accidents the previous 4 seasons after being named a first-team All-Pro in 2019, is a cap casualty candidate as a result of he carries the second-highest cap hit heading into 2024 at $26.17 million.

While reducing Stanley, who’s underneath contract for 2 extra seasons, would carry the Ravens some cap reduction, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler doesn’t envision the staff transferring on from him.

“They’ve held on to him for this lengthy, they let him battle by way of the accidents,” Fowler said recently on Glenn Clark Radio. “They might have minimize him earlier than in the event that they wished to be aggressive, they usually by no means did. I’m not saying he is the identical participant, however he is nonetheless uber-talented. If he can provide you a good quantity of snaps yearly, these snaps are most likely going to be fairly good. I do know he is not the identical man due to the accidents, however to switch him would value simply as a lot or extra until you may get a very good deal with within the draft, and it’s a good deal with draft. High within the draft, you could possibly have six or seven offensive tackles going Round 1.

“If they wish to zap into that, I might perhaps see it. … But you are already shedding [guard] Kevin Zeitler. I do not essentially see them transferring on. I do know they will save so much, but when I needed to gauge proper now I’d say they offer it another shot.”

Cutting Stanley, who turns 30 subsequent month, after June 1 would save $15 million with $11.2 million in lifeless cash for 2024 and extra lifeless cash in 2025, whereas reducing him earlier than June 1 would save $8.3 million however would go away $17.8 million in lifeless cash for 2024.

Zeitler and fellow beginning guard John Simpson are pending free brokers. Like Stanley, beginning proper deal with Morgan Moses, who turns 33 subsequent week, was slowed by accidents in 2023 and is a minimize candidate.

Do Ravens Face an Uphill Battle in 2024?

After ending this previous season with the most effective report within the NFL earlier than shedding to the Kansas City Chiefs within the AFC Championship, will the 2024 Ravens take the subsequent step and make it to the Super Bowl?

Or, with the close to certainty of shedding key gamers in free company along with large adjustments within the teaching workers, particularly on protection, will they take a step again?

The “Good Morning Football” crew believes the Ravens could have an uphill battle subsequent season.

“You had arguably the most effective protection in Baltimore in a while. You had the MVP. You had home-field benefit. You had the bye. You had all of that. And it nonetheless wasn’t adequate,” Ryan Leaf mentioned. “So regardless of the free-agent state of affairs is, it may be an uphill battle as a result of the Kansas City Chiefs nonetheless exist.”

Leaf added that the AFC is loaded with good groups and the Ravens play in arguably the NFL’s hardest division.

Peter Schrager mentioned DeCosta did a masterful job final 12 months in drafting extensive receiver Zay Flowers and including veterans reminiscent of extensive receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and out of doors linebackers Jadeveon Clowney, and Kyle Van Noy, however it will likely be a problem to duplicate that success.

“When you are speaking concerning the free-agent exodus of gamers and also you additionally need to rebuild the defensive workers, that’s an uphill battle,” Schrager mentioned. “And if DeCosta hit .850 final 12 months, you hope that he can do it once more, however you are asking for lightning to strike twice in two straight offseasons. That’s a tough job even for among the finest entrance workplaces in soccer.”

Jason McCourty mentioned, “it may be a particularly uphill battle for them to get again to the place they had been this season,” however he added that “so long as you’ve Lamar Jackson you’ve a shot.”

Change is fixed within the NFL, however the Ravens have confirmed adept at adapting they usually have a robust core of returning gamers.

“We attempt to construct this factor out in order that we do not have home windows opening and shutting, and that is form of been the Ravens’ mindset – that we wish to be a aggressive, good staff each single 12 months,” DeCosta mentioned on the Combine. “That’s what we aspire to, and I believe we’ve got plenty of the sorts of individuals in that locker room nonetheless, and we’ll stay to have these sorts of guys to place us able to win each single 12 months.”

When Harbaugh was requested on the Combine about adjustments to the teaching workers, he mentioned he is “actually excited concerning the guys we’ve got.”

Looking at ‘Boom-or-Bust’ Free Agents With Ties to Ravens

NFL.com’s Matt Okada named 15 boom-or-bust free brokers, and two Ravens, in addition to two different gamers who’ve been linked to Baltimore, had been talked about. Here’s a glance:

“Clowney simply had arguably the most effective season of his 10-year profession after signing in Baltimore on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. He matched his profession excessive with 9.5 sacks and posted essentially the most pressures (71) and highest stress fee (16.0%) of his profession — or not less than the portion of this profession that Next Gen Stats has tracked such knowledge (since 2016).

“Clowney has averaged simply 5 sacks per season since getting into the league — although, in equity, his energy has at all times been within the run recreation — and hasn’t made a Pro Bowl since 2018. He’s earned a a lot greater payday based mostly on his 2023 play, however that additionally raises the bust bar heading into his age-31 season.”

“The query for any staff seeking to signal Dobbins is straightforward: Will he be wholesome? Since Baltimore drafted him in 2020, Dobbins has missed an unlucky 42 of 67 doable regular-season video games, largely as a consequence of a major knee damage in 2021 and a torn Achilles final 12 months. Based on previous precedent, each accidents are more likely to have an effect on long-term productiveness, particularly for a operating again, which raises the chance transferring ahead.

“So the place’s the ‘growth’ with Dobbins? Consider this: The former Buckeye has averaged 5.8 yards per carry in his younger profession. That’s essentially the most within the Super Bowl period by a operating again with not less than 200 carries, forward of Bo Jackson and Jamaal Charles, amongst others. Yeah, BOOM!”

“He’s been among the finest and most efficient operating backs of the final decade, arguably of all time. But Father Time is undefeated, and Henry is now 30 years outdated. He posted a career-low 4.2 yards per carry final season (which continues to be fairly good for what it is value) and solely managed 5 carries of 20-plus yards, his lowest complete in a full season since 2018.

“While he is probably not as explosive, Henry continues to be an absolute wrecking ball able to shouldering a real bell-cow workload. In a extra productive offense, Henry has sufficient juice to be one of many league’s greatest backs. The apparent staff to pair him with is Baltimore, although I might additionally see the Jets signing him as thunder to Breece Hall’s lightning or the rival Texans selecting him as much as take stress off C.J. Stroud.”