It’s June 1 and, as Mike Florio pointed out, that means there’s a little more incentive for teams to sign veterans whose contracts expired after the 2013 season.
Any signings made now don’t factor into the formula for compensatory draft picks, something the Ravens exploited last season when they added linebacker Daryl Smith to their starting defense. Florio suggested they could do the same thing on the offensive side this year with right tackle Eric Winston and, based on coach John Harbaugh’s comments last week, the team seems likely to do something to bolster the roster in the near future.
“I think we’re aware of the guys that are still out there, free agents that would be more favorable to sign after June 1 and all that,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times. “We’re going to be watching the waiver wire real close. We’re going to try and get better. We had a conversation, Ozzie and I [Thursday], and I like to think on principle that we really believe this: We want to build as strong of a 53-man roster as we possibly can, and as we do that [to] try to get stronger every chance we get. We’ll be looking.”
In addition to right tackle, Zenitz thinks cornerback may be a place where the Ravens are looking for veteran help. Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are the only experienced players behind Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb and the team has hinted that they’d like some more experience in the competition to replace Corey Graham.