Who's left on free agent market for Ravens to target?

Who's left on free agent market for Ravens to target?
March 15, 2014, 7:45 pm
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In the first week of free agency, the Ravens have made a priority of retaining their own players -- signing tackle Eugene Monroe, receiver Jacoby Jones and linebacker Daryl Smith after retaining tight end Dennis Pitta.

Then they signed wide receiver Steve Smith to address their significant hole at wide receiver.

Still, concerns remain with this team, particularly at safety, offensive tackle (Michael Oher has signed with the Titans), cornerback (with Corey Graham's departure) and center.

You can bet that the Ravens will be looking at the draft to address those concerns and will also be combing the waiver wire. Remember, the Ravens signed James Ihedigbo, who developed into a solid starting safety, after he was among the Patriots' final cuts two years ago.

But are there still free agents out there who could address those needs? It's been a fast and furious first week of free agency, but some talented players remain on the board. Could they fit the Ravens?

Here are the top 10 available remaining free agents, based on their original rank from Pro Football Talk:

CB Dominique Rogers-Cromartie (Pro Football Talk rank: 12)

DE Jared Allen (PFT rank: 18)

DT Henry Melton (PFT rank: 34)

WR Emmanuel Sanders (PFT rank: 39)

DE Corey Wooton (PFT rank: 43)

WR James Jones (PFT rank: 45)

OLB Shaun Phillips (PFT rank: 48)

CB Antonio Cromartie (PFT rank: 49)

QB Michael Vick (PFT rank: 53)

CB Walter Thurmond III (PFT rank: 61)

Don't expect the Ravens to be in the market for any of these players, given their likely cost. Any interest in Sanders or Jones, who potentially could have been good fits, ended when the Ravens signed Steve Smith.

If there is a free agent worth targeting at this point, it might be Dolphins safety Chris Clemons, who is ranked No. 70 on the NFL.com list of the top 101 free agents. "A durable, league-average starter," is the NFL.com assessment. "Clemons has been unable to land a long-term deal from the Dolphins or any other team."

Another possibility is safety Thomas DeCoud, who was released by the Falcons. DeCoud could be appealing for the Ravens in that, like Steve Smith, he would not cost the Ravens a compensatory draft picks since he was cut.

Whether the Ravens target either of those players remains to be seen, but it's almost certain the Ravens starting free safety is not on the roster at this point. If there is a free agent target out there at this point, it should be at safety.

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