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' unrestricted free agents, who do you think is most important for the team to re-sign and why?
Ravens Unrestricted Free Agents: QB Jimmy Clausen, LS Morgan Cox, LB Chris Carter, WR Chris Givens, LB Albert McClellan, G Kelechi Osemele, QB Matt Schaub, K Justin Tucker, LB Courtney Upshaw, CB Shareece Wright
"Osemele and Tucker are no-brainers. I'd like to keep Givens. He proved he can stretch the field, and with the Ravens' cap situation, they cannot go out and get a big name. And he can get the job done."
"Givens, Tucker and Upshaw. The rest can walk."
"Nobody recognizes the job that Morgan Cox does and all the dirty work he does, and there are not a lot of guys that can do what he does and never get his name in the paper, but he went to the Pro Bowl for a reason."
"Tucker and Cox are a must and then Upshaw, only if the price is right."
"It's silly to give a kicker $4 million. I don't care how good he is. Pittsburgh picked that Boswell kid up off the streets in November, paid him $27.00 per hour and he didn't miss a field goal. Tucker's great. So, too, is Sam Koch. But forking over $6.5 or $7 million to those guys doesn't make sense. Same goes for the long snapper. They're available at Target for $49.99. Just go get one."
"I would have to say Justin Tucker. The Ravens have so few legitimate offensive weapons that Tucker is an inordinately large part of the offense, and letting him go would be a mistake. The Ravens would have had an even higher draft pick without him in 2015. I never really considered kickers football players, so this is quite the departure for me."
"Osemele and Tucker should be priorities, but there are some good kickers coming out of college this year, so don't overspend. Cox should be an easy re-sign, and I'm OK with bringing back Givens if he comes back cheaply. I'll show Upshaw the door if he can't find it."
"Honestly, I'll say none at this point. All those listed are either below average, average or too high-priced for the likes of Ozzie. Upshaw hasn't improved enough in his last few years. The Ravens made their decision on Osemele when they extended Yanda midseason. He'll be a top free-agent offensive lineman. Those don't come cheap. And Tucker will get a king's ransom despite coming off his worst career year. The Ravens could very well be just fine if none of these guys return next year."
"Tucker, Tucker and Tucker … "
"Osemele, Tucker, Wright and Cox, in that order. The rest can go bye-bye."
"Morgan Cox is a definite. He's probably the best long snapper in the NFL. Then, the Ravens have to sign Tucker, because then Cox and Koch would be lost. It's a kicker's thing. They work great together. And hopefully, there is enough money for Kelechi Osemele."
"Tucker, Cox, Osemele (as a tackle only -- can't afford to pay to two guards high numbers). Bring Clausen back on a nonguaranteed deal to compete with Mallet, and re-sign Wright to be a third corner."
"Justin Tucker for sure; then, Morgan Cox; then, Osemele. … Upshaw is a dilemma for me. … I am not sure about him. … I am not sure if he has underperformed or if he is a victim of the high standard we expect from Ravens linebackers."
"Tucker, Cox and Osemele (as tackle). The rest are journeymen and replaceable unless they sign for what Ozzie says, 'right player, right price.'"
"Tucker. That almost-guaranteed score off of his foot is big. And one less game-changing concern to deal with. The one or two games that his kicks win could make a difference in getting to the playoffs."