Poll: Position Of Greatest Need?

What is the Ravens’ area of greatest need this offseason?

Posted by Garrett Downing on Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing

The Ravens came within inches of reaching the Super Bowl, and now they’re heading into the offseason looking for ways to improve so they can take that next step.

Like most teams across the league, the Ravens have areas of uncertainty that they will address through the draft, free agency and trades.

Here is a look at some of the positions that could see a shift in personnel before next season. 

What do you think is the position of greatest need for the Ravens?

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On the offensive line, Baltimore could potentially lose left guard Ben Grubbs and center Matt Birk. Both players are free agents and Birk is contemplating retirement.

At wide receiver, veteran Lee Evans’ future with the Ravens is up in the air. He dealt with an injury for the first half of the season and caught just four passes in his only season in Baltimore.

Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson is also a free agent this year and it is unclear whether he will return for another season with the Ravens. He played on the opposite side of Terrell Suggs and finished the season with 2.5 sacks and 56 tackles.

The Ravens also have some questions on the defensive line. End Cory Redding is a free agent and the veteran lineman had 4.5 sacks and 43 tackles this year. Rookie defensive end Pernell McPhee collected six sacks and 23 tackles, but his production trailed off later in the season.

The heart and soul of the Ravens defense for the last 16 seasons has been at the middle linebacker position with Ray Lewis. The future Hall of Famer plans to return another season, but could the Ravens start grooming his replacement?

There is a similar situation at safety, as Ed Reed would be heading into the 11th season of his career. He has not spoken to the media since the Ravens’ last game, so his plans are unclear at this time. Plus, backup safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura are both unrestricted free agents.

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