The weekly Baltimore Ravens chat focused on free agency, which shouldn't come as a surprise. The conversation, though, touched on free agents for next season. For the entire transcript of the chat, you can click here. Here are some highlights:
Greg (Maryland): Aside from Torrey Smith, what big guys are heading in to free agency next year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Not many big names. Jimmy Smith could be one if the Ravens don't pick up his option in May, but the Ravens are expected to do. The others UFAs in 2015 are Tyrod Taylor, Pernell McPhee, Jah Reid and Morgan Cox. The bigger question is what the Ravens are going to do with the big salary-cap numbers for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, cornerback Lardarius Webb and running back Ray Rice. There's always a chance that those big names will be added to the free-agent list.
Kelby (Baltimore): What safety in the draft would you think the Ravens should get if they are not able to sign one in free agency? Thanks for all you hard work.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I honestly think it would too much of a risk to go into the season with two young starting safeties. The best options are Chris Clemons, Thomas McCoud or converting a vet CB into a safety (like Champ Bailey or Antonio Cromartie).
Alex (Charlotte): Any updates on the Ravens' interest in Brown center Alex Mack?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Nothing yet. Market is quiet for him because of the transition tag. I know the agent believes he can put together a deal that Browns can't match. It's just going to be tough to do so. I feel the Ravens would have shown interest in Mack if he was an unrestricted free agent. He transforms what was a bad offensive line.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): It wouldn't make sense to bring back the same offensive line that struggled so much last season. The Ravens need to bring in a new right tackle and upgrade at center. The other pieces -- Monroe, Kelechi Osemele and Marshal Yanda -- are solid.