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Sunday, January 26, 2014
ChatRewind: Positions to eye in free agency

By Jamison Hensley

We tackled a lot of issues in our weekly Baltimore Ravens chat, from free agency to Arthur Brown to Jacoby Jones. If you want a full transcript, you can click here. Here are some highlights:

Billy (Baltimore): Of all the positions of needs for the ravens. which ones do you think will be addressed in the draft? free agency?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN):  For the draft, a wide receiver makes the most sense because they have a now-experienced Torrey Smith. In free agency, the Ravens should look at center and free safety. It doesn't make sense to go young at those positions when you're still trying to develop Gino Gradkowski and Ryan Jensen at center and you just selected safety Matt Elam in the first round.

Ryan (Clemson): Which safeties and centers that will hit the market or potentially hit the market make most sense for the ravens financially and skill wise?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): The Ravens don't typically go after unrestricted free agents. They sign the players who have been cut. That allows them to keep compensatory picks. As far as safeties who may get cut, there is Detroit's Louis Delmas and Tennessee's Michael Griffin. I haven't looked at the centers who may get cut. Of the UFAs, the aging stopgaps are Roberto Garza (Chicago), Johnathan Goodwin (San Francisco) and Dominic Raiola (Detroit), and there are more under-the-radar, 20-something prospects like Brian De La Puente (New Orleans), Ryan Wendell (New England) and Joe Hawley (Atlanta).

Ryan (Dover, Del.): Do the Ravens believe Aurthor Brown is their future starting LB or is he more of a 3rd down guy?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN):  Brown will have every opportunity to be a starter this season. The Ravens need him to step up into that role. He was limited to passing downs because he was hurt and didn't get a chance to learn the entire defense in minicamps.

Kevin (Fredericksburg, Va.): Safe to assume Michael Oher, Jacoby Jones, and Daryl Smith won't be back in Baltimore?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Of those three, I believe Smith has the best chance to come back because he will be the cheapest. The Ravens would love to re-sign Jones because he is such a playmaker. When he made an impact, the Ravens won games. The trouble is, the Ravens can't pay him another $4 million as a No. 3 receiver and returner. As far as Oher goes, the Ravens will look at him if they can't re-sign left tackle Eugene Monroe.