Wake-up caw: Offer made to Dickson

The Baltimore Ravens have made a contract offer to tight end Ed Dickson, according to The Baltimore Sun.

This comes as surprising news especially since even Dickson didn't think there was much chance of him returning to the Ravens. He has reportedly drawn interest from the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants.

The bigger splash would be signing Owen Daniels, but retaining Dickson would be cheaper. Dickson never developed into the playmaking receiver after being drafted in the third round in 2010. He does have value as a blocker, and he still has potential at 26 years old.

The Ravens could also choose to find a backup tight end in the draft.

Here's the rest of your wake-up caw ...

  • Wide receiver Tandon Doss became the fifth Baltimore Ravens player to sign elsewhere in free agency when he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday. This isn't much of a loss for the Ravens because Doss likely wasn't going to make the team this year. Doss led the NFL in punt-return average last season, but he was phased out of that job after muffing that punt in Cleveland, which led to the Browns' final touchdown. This is ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco's take on the signing of Doss.

  • John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, thinks it's time for the Ravens to use a first-round pick on offense. "When tackle Michael Oher signed with the Tennessee Titans last Friday, it meant the Ravens now have just one homegrown first-rounder on their offensive roster. Drum roll, please ... Joe Flacco, come on down!," Eisenberg wrote. "Kind of startling, isn’t it?"

  • This is your preliminary seven-round order for the NFL draft. Of course, this is before the announcement of compensatory picks, which comes next week at the NFL owners meetings. The Ravens currently have four picks (first, second, third and sixth rounds).