OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- John Harbaugh knows the Baltimore Ravens have made only one significant trade leading up to the regular season in his six seasons as head coach.
So, he has had to temper his expectations when it comes to adding another key member to his team around this time of year.
"If you get your hopes up, they're probably going to be dashed," Harbaugh said. "But then you can never count Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] out. He's pretty special."
The Ravens' one big trade that occurred close to the regular-season opener came on Sept. 1, 2010, when they sent a conditional draft pick (turned out to be a fifth-rounder) to the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Josh Wilson. It turned out to be a key move because Wilson started nine games for the Ravens that season and finished second on the team in both interceptions (three) and passes defensed (15).
As I wrote earlier, the Ravens may be in the market for a cornerback this year. But history says a trade is unlikely to happen.
"We look at that every year, the opportunities to make trades," Harbaugh said. "And every year, I'm usually disappointed that we don't get anybody because people don't want to trade good players."
If a team is looking for an inside linebacker or a wide receiver, the Ravens have enough depth to trade someone from one of those positions.
"I know [Ravens officials] are talking with everybody around the league just in terms of what's out there," Harbaugh said. "Not that we feel like we have any desperation things that we need to get, but from the standpoint that if there is something we can get better, we want to do that."
Harbaugh then added, "We've got a good team. We can go play right now. I like our team right now the way it stands. If it can get better, great."