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Big Changes for Baltimore Ravens in Upcoming Season

The week of March 2nd, 2015, was a big week in the NFL. Contracts were ending and free agency opened. One team that was hit hard during this week was the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens have already released many players. There are three players that fans seem to be most upset about. Haloti Ngata, Torrey Smith, and Jacoby Jones have parted ways from Baltimore.

Torrey Smith was known as the franchise’s “best deep threat” according to ESPN.  Smith was drafted to the Ravens in 2011 and was a big contributor to the 2012 Super Bowl champion team.  Due to a lack of success in the 2014 season, Smith decided to join the San Francisco 49ers instead of re-signing with Baltimore.

Haloti Ngata has been part of the Ravens since he was drafted in 2006.  He was a leader on the team and a role model to his fans.  According to NBC Sports, Ngata refused to take a pay cut with the Ravens and will now be a part of the Detroit Lions.

Jacoby Jones came to Baltimore from Houston in 2012. His punt return and kickoff touchdowns make him third in the NFL records.  Along with Torrey Smith, Jones was also a big contributor to the 2012 Super Bowl champion team.

After the Super Bowl, Jones became less useful on the field.  He was no longer being used as a receiver and wasn’t making progress with his returns.  According to ESPN, the Ravens do not want to continue to give Jacoby Jones any money for his past accomplishments.

Justin Forsett is now a free agent.  He had a great year with Baltimore in the 2014-2015 season.  He ended the season with 1266 rushing yards and 263 recieving yards.

Although he had his best season of his career in Baltimore, he may not be staying.

Forsett is interested in having a long-term contract. He played for the Seahawks, Colts, Texans, and Jaguars before coming to Baltimore.  According to ESPN, Forsett told the Ravens, “I am just looking for somebody to commit.”

There are also players that are in free agency that may or may not stay in Baltimore.  These free agent players will make the decision based on what contract offers they recieve.

There are still more changes to come regarding the Ravens’ roster due to contracts and player performances.  Members like Terrell Suggs have agreed to take a pay cut so that the Ravens have more cap space.  There is no doubt that the city of Baltimore is in suspense to see what is yet to come.

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