Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 9

Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:


Position: Tight end

The good: In 2011, Dickson finished third on the team with 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns. His breakout game came during that season, when he caught 10 passes (a regular-season record for a Ravens tight end) for 79 yards and two touchdowns at Seattle. Dickson started 41 games over the past three seasons because he was the most well-rounded tight end on the team.

The bad: Dickson failed to live up to expectations as the 70th overall pick of the 2010 draft. That was 25 picks ahead of Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. Dickson's career numbers of 111 catches and seven touchdowns were the result of inconsistency and bad hands. Unlike Dennis Pitta, who was taken one round after him, Dickson didn't significantly improve each season. He seemed to get worse the past two years.

The bottom line: Dickson told reporters at the end of the season that he doesn't expect to return to the Ravens, and it's hard to argue with him. The Ravens are expected to keep Pitta and add another tight end in the draft. Dickson needs a fresh start.