Ravens take care of their own

When it comes to protecting their own, the Baltimore Ravens didn't take any risks. They tendered offers to all eight of their restricted free agents, retaining the rights to players that include quarterback Chris Redman and defensive end Adalius Thomas. Thomas and Redman reportedly received the high tender offer of $1.3 million, ensuring compensation of a first-round draft pick if another club was to sign the player to an offer sheet.

The Ravens retain the right to match any offer. While the Ravens reportedly tendered Thomas and Redman at that higher figure, Baltimore apparently secured restricted free agents like end Marques Douglas, quarterback Anthony Wright, linebacker Shannon Taylor, tight end John Jones, safety Anthony Mitchell and end David Nugent at the low tender offer of $605,000.

"Yeah, I like where we are," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We have 53 players under contract as opposed to last year where I think we had 29 and couldn't even draft. We've got 10 of 11 starters [on defense] already back, and if you count Chris being a starter at the beginning of the season, we have 8 out of 11 on offense. So we're off to a good start.

"The foundation is set. We're pretty much far along with the draft, and [director of pro personnel] George [Kokinis] has done a very good job keeping the ship going on pro personnel."


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