For soon-to-be free agent defensive lineman Brent Urban, the Ravens' home playoff loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in January was a tough pill to swallow.
"We worked so hard that year, turning it around, it was tough," Urban told
Glenn Clark Radio
Feb. 18. "I'm still not happy about it, but you get over it and it gives you motivation toward getting better and trying to get back there next year."
Where his opportunity comes next year, however, remains to be seen. The 27-year-old has spent his entire career in Baltimore since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2018 season, he signed a one-year extension with the team.
Urban, who played his college ball at Virginia, is set to hit the open market in March.
"I'd love to stay in Baltimore. I met my fiancée here, it's close to where I went to school -- so it's a place that's close to my heart and I'd love to stay, but I know how the business goes. So, yeah, I guess we'll see."
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Urban also noted that he would enjoy the chance to rejoin one of the league's top defensive units.
"Being part of that defense, it was great," Urban said. "It was the best defense I've been a part of, really, and getting so close … and being on the up-and-up in the second half of the season, it felt like you could have kept it going and translate into next year as well. It would be great to be back."
While not a standout defender statistically -- he recorded 27 total tackles and 0.5 sacks in 2018 -- Urban was part of a stout Ravens defense that finished second in the league in points per game and first in yards per play. Urban credits the unit's overall success to the team's depth and defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale.
"When you're fresh and not on the field all the time, you're able to go in there, give it your all and not really have to save something in case it's a 12-play drive or something. We did a good job of rotating at every position," Urban said. "Wink kept things new and fresh and it was just fun to be a part of, honestly, and it translated to success and throwing teams off and not really knowing what to plan for when they came up against us."
As Urban awaits the beginning of the free agency period on March 13, he is focusing on another endeavor entirely: auctioning off his game-worn cleats. Urban wore custom cleats for the league's My Cause, My Cleats initiative to help raise awareness for The Hospital for Sick Children in his hometown of Toronto.
Urban wore the cleats against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dec. 16, and they are
now being auctioned
. The starting bid is $250, and the auction runs through March 6.
"Throughout my career I've been visiting children's hospitals. Seeing what these kids go through every day, it's tough to see, you just want to give back," Urban said. "They are one of the largest pediatric researchers in the world, actually, and it kind of just linked up well as a cause that really hit home for me."
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