Don’t expect the Ravens to jump into free agency as aggressively as teams like the Eagles and Jaguars.
“Is it probably going to be fast-paced? Yes. But I think a lot of teams are going to exhibit some patience, and I think that’s the position we’re going to be in,” Newsome told Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.
There are different ways to get value in free agency. Newsome sounds more likely to look for value after the first few days of free agency, especially with players that get cut elsewhere.
Coach John Harbaugh indicated some level of interest in cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, but that’s the type of player Newsome doesn’t sound likely to go after.
“We have a veteran team, but some of our success in the past is waiting and keeping an eye on guys who get cut, players that can come in and help our football team just as much as [unrestricted free agents],” Newsome said.
The Ravens would benefit as much as any team if the league returned to 2010 rules and it took six years to reach free agency. If that happened, they could far more easily keep offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, tackle Jared Gaither, fullback Le’Ron McClain, safety Dawan Landry, and cornerbacks Josh Wilson and Chris Carr.
“If it is six [years], like it was last year, then that number decreases significantly for us and works into the Ravens’ favor. We’re prepared for both scenarios,” Newsome said.