- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Brent (Pennsylvania): Do you think we will sign any other free agents before the draft? If so, then who?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Tight end and perhaps a reserve defensive lineman. At tight end, it could be Ed Dickson on a cheap deal. They will want to sign guys who don't require much financial commitment. That way, if you draft a tight end, you can cut someone like Dickson at the end of the preseason and not carry much dead money.
Brad (Lynchburg, Va.): Thanks for all of the great quick takes from the owners meeting this week. Hope you are enjoying your week in Florida. I know that the Ravens have Identified WR as a need, but I feel that they are pretty solid with Torrey Smith, Steve Smith Sr., Marlon Brown, and Jacoby Jones as the top four (in order). What is your opinion?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): This is the deepest Ravens receiver group I've seen since I joined the beat in 2000. I still think the Ravens could draft a WR because it's a deep class and Steve Smith may one-and-done. Free safety and offensive line are bigger needs, of course.
Sean (Kingston, Ontario): Despite the addition of Steve Smith and having Dennis Pitta back for (hopefully) a full season, I feel like almost the entire success of this offense and maybe entire team, hinges on Ray Rice returning to his old form. Do you agree?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I agree to an extent. Joe Flacco has to start hitting some deep passes as well. Too often, defenses dropped a guy in the box because Flacco was so inaccurate throwing deep last year. It was tough for the Ravens to get anything going with the ground game when you have a bad offensive line going against a defense lined up to stop the run.
JR (Chicago): Were you at all surprised that the Ravens decided not to cut Sam Koch? He was decidedly average last year and I think they could get comparable production from a rookie free agent.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I was surprised. Ravens could have created more room by doing so. Koch hasn't been spectacular lately. But I was told that Koch was never in jeopardy of getting cut.
Brad (Chicago): If Ray Rice does not come back better what do you think the ravens do at RB?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Pray that Bernard Pierce is healthy and finds the right hole. Also, the Ravens will add a third RB this year either in the draft or in free agency after the draft.
This week's Baltimore Ravens chat was held while I was down at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. If you want a full transcript, you can click right here.