The Ravens are loaded for what could be a Super Bowl run this year, but there's on glaring area of need: cornerback.
Starter Dominique Foxworth suffered a season-ending knee injury on the first day of practice in a non-contact drill, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said he's open to a trade.
"Are we looking to improve? Yeah, but is anyone going to give up a really good player in the secondary without us giving up something?" Newsome said. "It’s going to be hard to get that player."
But Newsome will try.
"I'm looking to trade," he said. "I would trade to get a quality player, yeah. I'd be willing to do that, and I think we have an excess at areas that could be attractive to other people."
Newsome won't say which cornerbacks he'll be looking at, but he did seem to indicate that trade talk will pick up in the coming days.
Could Darrelle Revis be a possibility? Newsome isn't allowed to talk about another team's player because of tampering rules, but you can pretty much eliminate any talk about Revis. The Jets aren't interested in dealing him.
Newsome doesn't seem all that panicked about his situation at cornerback, although he'd certainly feel a lot better if he can swing a trade.
"A general manager once said that each year, there’s a virus at one position and ours is at corner this year." It's not just Foxworth. Fabian Washington and Ladarius Webb, the likely opening-day starters, are both coming off knee injuries.
Not only that, but uncertainty persists about just when Ed Reed will return from a hip problem. Reed hasn't yet been cleared to practice, and Newsome said he'll have to make a decision when the rosters are cut to 53 players. It's likely that Reed will be put on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, meaning he's ineligible to play the first six games.