Special teams star Del’Shawn Phillips reportedly returning to Ravens – The Denver Post
Welcome to the Ravens free agency tracker, which will be updated throughout the offseason.
With the NFL’s new league year starting Wednesday at 4 p.m., teams can officially announce signings and trades. Here’s a look at who the Ravens agreed to sign, who they lost and who’s still on the open market:
Free agent additions
Del’Shawn Phillips: The 26-year-old linebacker, who was a solid performer on the Ravens’ special teams last season, is returning to Baltimore on a one-year contract, according to The Athletic.
A former undrafted free agent from Illinois who also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, Phillips was an unrestricted free agent after the Ravens didn’t offer him.
Last season, Phillips, who the Ravens took off waivers from the Jets last August, played in 16 games, totaling five tackles, including three solo. He only had one finger snap in defense last year.
Running back Justice Hill: The 25-year-old running back, who the Ravens drafted out of Oklahoma State in the fourth round in 2019, re-signs with Baltimore on a two-year, $4.5 million deal that could be worth up to at $5 million, his agent Andrew Kessler confirmed to the Baltimore Sun.
Hill, who missed all of 2021 with a torn Achilles tendon, had his most productive year last season, going for 262 yards on 49 carries to go with 12 catches for 58 yards in a career-best 15 games. He was also an important part of Baltimore’s special teams, which included kick return duties.
Cornerback Trayvon Mullen: The 25-year-old cornerback – who was taken off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in January and is a cousin of quarterback Lamar Jackson – has agreed to a one-year contract, his agent Kevin Conner confirmed to the Baltimore Sun. No other terms were disclosed.
Mullen, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound corner who was the most valuable defensive player in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, had 134 tackles, four interceptions and 28 passes defended in 37 games for the Raiders.
Free agent losses
Trystan Colon Child Care Center: The New York Jets have signed the 24-year-old former undrafted free agent to a one-year contract, Colon’s agent Andy Ross confirmed to the Baltimore Sun on Friday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The third-year Missouri player was a restricted free agent but wasn’t offered by the Ravens, so he was free to sign with another team.
The 6-foot-6, 313-pound colonist spent the past three seasons in Baltimore, where he played in 20 games, including four starts. After playing a dozen games in 2021, he was only active six games last season and had 49 snaps, including 47 in his lone start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13.
Colon’s departure marks the second down the offensive line in recent days after guard Ben Powers signed a four-year, $52 million free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
Tight end Josh Oliver: The 25-year-old who has spent the past two seasons in Baltimore and was one of the team’s most improved players last season agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Vikings on Monday, said a source confirmed to the Baltimore Sun.
A third-round pick from the Jaguars in 2019 who was traded to the Ravens in March 2021, Oliver played in all 17 games last season, starting nine of them. Along with being one of the best tacklers in the league, he also caught 14 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
In return, the Ravens are in line for a compensatory sixth-round draft pick in 2024, based on a formula that takes into account the average player’s salary per year, playing time and rewards. The compensatory choices will not become official until next March.
With three-time Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews and 2022 fourth-round picks Isaiah Likely and Charlie Kolar expected to feature more next season, Oliver has become useless for the Ravens given their lack of space. of ceiling.
Left guard Ben Powers: After surprisingly winning the starting job last season and ranking among the NFL’s top blocking guards, Oklahoma’s 2019 fourth-round pick cashed in, agreeing to a four-year, $52 million deal. years with the Broncos, according to multiple reports. .
The deal makes Powers one of the highest-paid players in the league for a Broncos team looking to bounce back from a dismal 5-12 campaign last season.
It also became clear the Ravens would be unlikely to afford the 26-year-old, with general manager Eric DeCosta admitting him in January.
Baltimore is set to get a compensatory fourth-round draft pick in 2024 after losing Powers. It also means their starting left guard job could be up for grabs this summer, with 2021 No. 3 pick Ben Cleveland having struggled with injury and conditioning and the more natural restricted free agent Trystan Colon at center.
- The Ravens applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to Lamar Jackson last week, keeping their star quarterback out of the free agent market but giving him the option of pursuing a contract with another team. Baltimore will have five days to match any offer sheet Jackson signs, or they could let him walk and receive two first-round picks in exchange. The non-exclusive tag is around $32.4 million, and that move doesn’t stop the Ravens from signing the 26-year-old Jackson to an extension before the July 17 deadline. This seems to indicate that they are confident that they could match any offer he receives from another team. Jackson is the eighth player in Ravens history to be tagged as a franchise, and several of his predecessors, most recently outside linebacker Matthew Judon in 2020, have played full seasons under the tag. But the Ravens have never been in that position with a quarterback.
- The Ravens cut veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell, creating $7 million in cap savings. Although the 36-year-old defensive lineman announced last month that he would be returning for a 16th season in the league, the decision came as no surprise. Campbell, who was under contract for one more season, hit a $9.4 million cap in 2023 and was expected to earn a $2 million bonus and $4.5 million in salary. He was one of the most consistent defensive linemen in the league last season and has long been a respected voice in the locker room.
- The Ravens placed a right of first refusal on restricted free agent Tyler Huntley, which means another team can sign the quarterback on an offer sheet, but the team receives no compensation if they don’t. not match. If Huntley plays on the RFA low tender, he will earn $2.67 million this year.
- The Ravens did not offer a qualifying or minimum offer to five players, making them unrestricted free agents: All-Pro long snapper Nick Moore, safety Geno Stone, inside linebacker Kristian Welch and Del’Shawn Phillips and the Trystan Colon Center.
- The Ravens announced in February that they had re-signed defensive end Brent Urban and cornerback Daryl Worley, both veterans heading to free agency.
Unrestricted Free Agents
To come back: Kenyan drake
Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson
Offensive line: Ja’Wuan James
Inside Linebacker: Christian Welch
Outside Linebacker: Justin Houston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Steven Means, Vince Biegel
Cornerback: Marcus Peters, Kyle Fuller, Kevon Seymour
Security: Pierre de Genon
Long snapper: Nick Moore
Exclusive royalty-free agents
Security: Ar’Darius Washington