Ravens stumble into Kruger replacement

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When the Ravens lost linebacker Paul Kruger to the Browns, most shrugged and presumed that Baltimore believes 2013 second-rounder Courtney Upshaw is ready.  Indeed, the team’s website trumpeted Upshaw’s ability to become a pass rusher in the wake of Kruger’s departure.

So with Upshaw on one side and Terrell Suggs on the other, the Ravens were set, right?

Wrong.  Landing Elvis Dumervil shows that the Ravens had misgivings about relying on Upshaw to step up in 2013.

Though the Ravens still believe Suggs can be a great player in the short term, Dumervil will likely supplant Suggs at some point down the road, opening the door for Upshaw.  Given that Suggs has two years left on his current contract with big cap numbers, the Dumervil-Upshaw duo could come in 2014 or 2015.

For now, Dumervil gives the Ravens an alternative to Kruger at less money than the five-year, $40 million contract Kruger signed with the Browns.  It’s a rare offseason win for a Super Bowl champion that has been losing plenty of players.

9 responses to “Ravens stumble into Kruger replacement

  1. upshaw showed great promise on the d line, you just didn’t do your homework and assumed dumervil would be on the line. quite the opposite according to your colleague who said Elvis would be OLB. but thanks for trying

  2. I doubt he will supplant Suggs especially when Suggs will this off-season to rest. If hes back to his former self than, Dumervil will most likely benefit from that and make a good duo. Upshaw is a really versatile guy who can even lineup as a DE. Baltimore added a lot of depth to their pass rushing with this signing.

  3. I dont think people realize how good Ozzie is. Signing Canty and Spears and bringing back Arthur Jones, frees up Ngata to wreck havoc at his true position, DT. Then you have Suggs and Dumervil on opposite ends with Upshaw to give either one a breather. Plus with McClain coming back, we will have one solid ILB and most likely draft another. Oh and LaDarius Webb will be back next year. In the end, im still not complaining. I think the Ravens would rather be underdogs again than have all the pressure of being favorites again.

  4. Misgivings? I doubt that. Upshaw has a lot of room for improvement, but how could the Ravens possibly pass up on the chance of grabbing Dumervil? This gives the team another two years or so for Upshaw to develops his talents, and then they can evalute whether he can truly be The Guy at that time. Right now they have arguably the best pass rush tandem in the NFL. Couple that with Ngata at nose tackle, and their defense is already much, much stronger than it was most of last season.

    And instead of having to draft an ILB in the first round, they can either take a safety or wide receiver. This is very definition of reloading.

  5. Its obvious that Upshaw could be moved to inside linebacker…he is more dominant against the run and can drop into coverage

  6. Wait until you see the facilities, the nutritionally group, these guys are really serious
    Ious about this being a full time life remonelimg event in and of itself.

  7. “Landing Elvis Dumervil shows that the Ravens had misgivings about relying on Upshaw to step up in 2013.”

    Riiiight. This article is in the same spririt as the earlier article claiming that Ed Reed had all the leverage over the Ravens.

    Upshaw is a rapidly improving young player. At worst, this means the team can rotate players to always have a fresh starter.

    Can only imagine what Oz is going to do in the draft.

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