EARLY BIRD: Ravens will pack their bags, some for good

EARLY BIRD: Ravens will pack their bags, some for good
December 30, 2013, 8:00 am
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Harbaugh: "That ends that and that stings."

(Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, on the first day of their offseason.

OWINGS MILLS – Time for the Ravens to pack their bags. The Ravens would spend Monday cleaning out their lockers and saying goodbye, rather than getting ready for the playoffs. Another cruel reminder that the season was over for them, and it came to an abrupt end with Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Here are some prominent Ravens in the final year of their contract that could be headed out the door for good.

Terrence Cody, DT – Cody has not blossomed the way the Ravens hoped when they made him a second-round pick in 2010. The Ravens drafted a younger tackle, Brandon Williams, this year. Cody may be viewed as expendable.

Ed Dickson, TE – The door was open for Dickson to have a breakout season, but he did not capitalize. That puts his future with Ravens in jeopardy.

Corey Graham, CB – The return of Lardarius Webb from knee surgery and the emergence of Jimmy Smith made Graham the third corner. There is no such thing has having too many good corners, and Graham had a solid season at 28 years old. He’ll find a place in the league, but will it be with the Ravens?

James Ihedigbo, S – He was the Ravens’ best safety this season, and became a defensive leader. He’ll draw interest from elsewhere, so the Ravens must determine if price is right.

Arthur Jones, DT – He missed Sunday’s game with a concussion and the Ravens missed him. He is coming off his best season, and he is only 27 and a Harbaugh favorite. We’ll see how much the Ravens think he’s worth.

Jacoby Jones, WR – A dangerous returner, but never blossomed into the consistent No. 2 receiver the Ravens needed this season. The odds look against him returning.

Eugene Monroe, LT - The Ravens traded for him during the season, making it unlikely they would let him walk away without offering a long-term deal.

Michael Oher – RT – Did not have a great year, and the offensive line needs major improvement. Likely won’t be back.

Dennis Pitta, TE – His value was magnified when he missed most of season with fractured hip. He will have an offseason to get back to 100 percent, the Ravens likely want him back, and he has tremendous chemistry with close friend Joe Flacco.

Daryl Smith, LB – Smith was the Ravens’ best inside linebacker in his first season with the Ravens. But Smith will turn 32 before next season. Can he play to the same level again, or will the Ravens part ways and go younger?

Certainly, all of these players will not be back. So for some, Monday would mean saying goodbye as Ravens for the last time.

Morning thought: “It’s hard to find the words right now. We had an opportunity. We didn’t take advantage of it. Collectively, we didn’t do enough. We didn’t make enough plays. We’re on the outside now looking in. It’s disappointing.” - Ravens defensive end Chris Canty.

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