Plenty have piled on a cash-strapped front office that made quarterback Joe Flacco the highest-paid player in NFL history before failing to re-sign free-agent linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger. Cornerback Cary Williams fled for the Philadelphia Eagles, but instead of adding bodies, the team chose to release veteran safety Bernard Pollard. Sprinkle in Reed's departure and the absence of Ray Lewis, and it's anyone's guess where the replacements will be drawn from.
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Newsome is navigating a rocky offseason with his usual poise. Overpaying for Kruger, Ellerbe or an aging Reed would have been a mistake. This front office didn't win two Super Bowls by overvaluing players. It might take time, but the Ravens are going to reload the way they always do: Through smart drafting, wise free-agent signings and in-house player development.