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Ravens owner to fans: Priority is offensive line, not another receiver

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told season-ticket holders Tuesday night that his team's priority is to bring in an offensive lineman and not a wide receiver like Eric Decker.

"If I don’t get an offensive lineman, somebody is going to start shooting at me," Bisciotti said in a conference call, via The Baltimore Sun. "If I have one bullet left in that gun, I better save it for an offensive lineman."

There has been speculation that the Ravens could add Decker, who was officially released Tuesday, even after Baltimore struck a deal with Jeremy Maclin.

The bigger need, however, is the offensive line. The Ravens lost two three-year starters on the line this offseason, and they didn't sign or draft anyone to replace right tackle Rick Wagner (signed with the Detroit Lions) or center Jeremy Zuttah (traded to the San Francisco 49ers).

John Urschel and Ryan Jensen have rotated at center throughout offseason practices, and James Hurst has exclusively worked at right tackle with the starters. Bisciotti described the line as a "work in progress."

"We all take our cue from Ozzie [Newsome, general manager] and have learned over the years that if you're patient, things like Elvis Dumervil will fall to you, and Jeremy Maclins will fall to you," Bisciotti said. "We’ve got time, we’ve got some money and we’re quite sure that some offensive line help is going to shake out."

The top free-agent tackles are: Ryan Clady, Austin Pasztor, Orlando Franklin and Cyrus Kouandjio. At center, the Ravens brought in Nick Mangold for a visit in early April, but the sides weren't able to agree on money.

"If something comes up on the free-agent market that we think is better than what we have, we’ve still got money, we’ve still got draft picks to trade, we’ve still got some deep positions that we can trade [from]," Bisciotti said. "I know we’ve got some people on defense and we’re pretty deep there. If an offensive lineman came available and they wanted somebody that we had and we felt we had some depth at that position, then Ozzie will make that call, too. I’m very confident in mid-June, we’ve gotten most of our needs checked off and we’ll continue to look for offensive linemen."

The Ravens appear set at the top of their wide receiver depth chart, according to Bisciotti. Baltimore's top three receivers are Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, and Bisciotti indicated there is a lot of confidence in Chris Moore as the No. 4 receiver.

"I’d say that I don’t think that we have room for a starter at wide receiver now and I do think there’s going to be some talent out there that could challenge for a starting position on our offensive line," Bisciotti said. "I think I’m going to save that last punch for an offensive lineman."