Newsome: Ravens talking with “several” of their free agents

AP

As was the case last year, the Ravens have multiple starter-caliber free agents who figure to draw interest from other clubs if unsigned when the new league year starts March 11. And with a salary cap constraining their resources, the Ravens have some decisions to make.

At the press conference announcing Terrell Suggs’ contract extension on Monday, Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome was asked how far along the club was in getting deals done with other players.

“We’ve engaged in discussions with several of our players,” Newsome said. “With the Combine coming up and the majority of the agents will be there and we’ll be there, I’m sure we’ll have more talks, but we’ve engaged in several conversations with several players.”

Left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta, right tackle Michael Oher, defensive lineman Arthur Jones, cornerback Corey Graham, tight end Ed Dickson, linebacker Daryl Smith and wideout Jacoby Jones are among the Ravens’ notable prospective free agents.

Pitta has been a valuable part of the offense in recent seasons, while Monroe plays a vital position well. It’s unclear whom the Ravens have started talks with, but Pitta and Monroe would appear to be two of their key free agents.