This was part of the plan all along. The Ravens didn't want to go crazy spending money to hold together a defense that didn't play very well for most of the season. It just wouldn't be rational.
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta told Adam Schein on Thursday on SiriusXM's "Schein on Sports" that the Ravens believed there was an "irrational market" in the first few days of free agency. That's almost always the case; the values come after the frenzy.
DeCosta mentioned that the Ravens probably wouldn't have won the Super Bowl without Paul Kruger, but it's clear they believe he got more money than he's worth. The same is true for inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who got beaucoup bucks in Miami. DeCosta mentioned how they protected themselves by drafting Courtney Upshaw last year.
Big contracts get big attention in March, but DeCosta is right. Most of the early free agency signings won't look rational in a few years.
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