Rosenthal: Top 85 free agents
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Wilson noted that Ellerbe -- not pass rusher Paul Kruger -- is Baltimore's No. 1 priority, but re-signing him could be a chore. The Ravens stand to be priced out of the market when Ellerbe's agent begins fielding calls at midnight on Friday, when agreements can be made in principle. We have no real idea how frenzied this three-day negotiating period will be -- it's fair to expect madness.
Wilson tweeted later Friday that Ellerbe's agent doesn't expect a deal before midnight, telling The Sun, "Starting Saturday, we'll be talking to all 32 teams."
It's going to be interesting to see how general manager Ozzie Newsome navigates the rest of this offseason. The Ravens wasted little time sealing up Joe Flacco's record-setting deal, but not all of his teammates can be kept. Ellerbe and Kruger, in the afterglow of a Super Bowl win, are two players who stand to be wildly overpaid by teams desperate for help on defense.
The Ravens -- never a team that comes across as desperate -- will find a way to fill gaps if these players bolt. They always do.