The Baltimore Ravens need a free safety, but they weren't involved in any of the signings in the first 2 1/2 hours of free agency.
Here are the six safeties that signed quickly Tuesday: Donte Whitner to Browns for four years, $28 million; Antoine Bethea to 49ers for four years, $23 million; T.J. Ward to the Broncos for a deal that averages $5.5 million; Malcolm Jenkins to the Eagles for three years, $16.25 million; Mike Mitchell to the Steelers; and Ryan Mundy to the Bears for a two-year deal. Plus, Louis Delmas signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Dolphins on Monday.
The Ravens need to target Chris Clemons, the underrated safety from the Miami Dolphins who has drawn interest from the Jets. He is a hybrid who played strong safety last season but is equally as effective in pass defense.
The Ravens could always look for a "more athletic safety" -- which is what general manager Ozzie Newsome described as a priority -- in the draft. That's also a risk because the Ravens would team a rookie with Matt Elam, a second-year player. Young defenders can make mistakes, and mistakes by safeties can often result in touchdowns.
The best solution is signing a veteran free agent. But, a few hours into free agency, the talent pool has dwindled significantly.