After some initial confusion, ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley has received confirmation from the NFL that the Ravens are eligible to receive a compensatory pick in the 2014 draft after losing Ed Reed in free agency. Reed’s 10+ years of experience and the fact that the Texans released him during the season complicated the issue somewhat, but Baltimore can still land a pick for the veteran safety, albeit not one higher than a fifth-rounder. As Hensley writes, the Ravens could receive up to a league-maximum four compensatory picks when those selections are announced at the owner’s meetings next month.
Here’s more on the Ravens:
- Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun provides the Ravens with a to-do list to complete before free agency begins. Zrebiec’s list for the Ravens includes finalizing the coaching staff, creating additional cap room, re-signing their own free agents, and perhaps using the franchise tag.
- Speaking of finalizing the coaching staff, a report from CoachingSearch.com indicates that the team will hire Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock to coach its RBs. Meanwhile, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens are eyeing Pitt wide receivers coach Bobby Engram as a possible replacement for Jim Hostler. Wilson adds that in both cases, Baltimore has been primarily considering up-and-coming college coaches for the openings.
- Clifton Brown of CSNBaltimore.com explores whether the Ravens might turn to free agency to add a wide receiver this offseason.