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Fan On The Street: Who Should Be The Ravens' Top Free-Agent Priority?

February 16, 2015

PressBox asked a poll of readers a trending sports question. Their answers appear below.

Stan "The Fan" Charles posed a question on Facebook, asking fans to put themselves in the place of Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Of the Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents, who do you think is most important for the team to re-sign and why?

Ravens unrestricted free agents: CB Antoine Cason, LS Morgan Cox, TE Owen Daniels, RB Justin Forsett, CB Danny Gorrer, LB Pernell McPhee, S Jeromy Miles, G Will Rackley, G Jah Reid, CB Aaron Ross, WR Torrey Smith, S Darian Stewart, QB Tyrod Taylor

Ravens 2013: Morgan Cox
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Bruce E. Goodman (Reisterstown, Md.)

Morgan Cox. Good long snappers are vital, and everyone else on that list can be more easily replaced.

Issue 206: Ravens 2014: Torrey Smith (vs. Pittsburgh)
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Al Franyo (Annapolis, Md.)

Torrey Smith. He is a hard worker, solid player and great person. And, while this may not be a huge deal to everyone, it is always, in its own way, a special feeling when a star player for your NFL team also played his college ball in the region.

Ravens 2014: Pernell McPhee (Week 7 vs. Falcons)
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Cory Baker (Baltimore)

It's got to be Pernell McPhee. He is the best pure talent of the group. Ozzie Newsome is all about the most talented guy over anything else.

Ravens 2014: Justin Forsett (Week 5 vs. Colts)
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Jeffrey Kraft Sr. (Bel Air, Md.)

Easy -- you have to get Justin Forsett back. Continuity means everything, and they need that running game to rely on with a new offensive coordinator in the mix. I think he and Torrey Smith will both test the market to gauge their worth, and the Ravens will bring them both back with cap-friendly deals. I think the Ravens lose Daniels to retirement or Denver. The dude has more gray hair than me, and I'm 53 years old, man.

George Petrides Jr. (Baltimore)

Torrey Smith and Justin Forsett. Both are good players and, most importantly, "clean image" guys. We need this in the Ravens' locker room.

Ravens 2014: Owen Daniels (Week 5 vs. Colts)
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Brett Eisenberg (Columbia, Md.)

I wouldn't overpay for any of them, except maybe Owen Daniels. He was kind of a savior this season with Dennis Pitta getting hurt again. Moving forward, Daniels probably provides more value and depth than he would cost toward the salary cap. In general, the Ravens are good because of smart drafting, ability to develop players and steady quarterback play. In my mind, the rest of the parts are interchangeable. Bring the free agents back for the right price, or let them walk -- I don't think it can go wrong either way.

Judy Greene (Bunker Hill, W. Va.)

Easy one. Forsett. Best running back they have had in a long time.

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Issue 206: February 2015