The Baltimore Ravens will undergo many changes in 2014. There are several players that could get big play days on the open market. Yes, that time of year is here. Free agency.
Here is a look at all of the Ravens’ free agents this offseason:
Restricted Free Agents
A player who has received a qualifying offer from their current team but can still negotiate with another team through the free agent signing period. If a player accepts an offer from the new team, his old team can try to match the offer or decide not to match the offer and instead, receive draft-choice compensation from the new team.
Players become restricted free agents when they complete three accrued seasons and their contract expires.
The Ravens Restricted Free Agents are:
Wide receiver Tandon Doss
Linebacker Albert McClellan
Unrestricted Free Agents
An unrestricted free agent may sign with any NFL team, with no compensation owed to his old team, once the new league year begins on March 11. According to Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com, “The Ravens have the ability to negotiate with their unrestricted free agents, or use the franchise tag to keep one of them, but other teams do not have to provide any compensation for signing the UFAs like they do for restricted UFAs.”
In order to become a unrestricted free agent, a player must have completed four or more accrued seasons with an expired contract.
The Ravens Unrestricted Free Agents are:
Tight end Dallas Clark
Nose tackle Terrence Cody
Tight end Ed Dickson
Cornerback Corey Graham
Safety James Ihedigbo
Defensive tackle Arthur Jones
Wide receiver Jacoby Jones
Safety Jeromy Miles
Left tackle Eugene Monroe
Right tackle Michael Oher
Tight end Dennis Pitta
Running back Bernard Scott
Middle linebacker Daryl Smith
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (retiring)
Exclusive Rights Free Agent
To become an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, a player has to have two accrued NFL seasons whose contracts have expired, but do not have the ability to sign with another team unless their current team chooses not to re-sign them.
The Ravens exclusive rights free agents are:
Safety Omar Brown
Outside linebacker D.J. Bryant
Inside linebacker Josh Bynes
Outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton
Safety Anthony Levine
Safety Brynden Trawick