Ravens free agent tracker 2023: Special teams standout Del’Shawn Phillips appears to be returning to Ravens

Welcome to the Ravens free agency tracker, which will be updated throughout the season.

With the NFL’s new year starting Wednesday at 4 p.m., teams can officially announce signings and trades. Here’s a list of who the Ravens agreed to sign, who they lost and who is still on the open market:

Free agent additions

Del’Shawn Phillips: The 26-year-old linebacker, who was a solid performer on special teams for the Ravens last season, is returning to Baltimore on a one-year deal, according to The Athletic.

A former undrafted free agent out of 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 claimed off waivers from the Jets last August, appeared in 16 games, tallying five tackles, including three solo. Last year, he had only one crisis on defense.

Running back Justice Hill: The 25-year-old running back, who the Ravens drafted out of Oklahoma State in the fourth round in 2019, is re-signing with Baltimore on a two-year, $4.5 million deal that could be worth up to to 5 million dollars. 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 with 262 yards on 49 carries to go with 12 catches for 58 yards in a career-best 15 games. He was also a significant part of Baltimore’s special teams, which included kick return duties.

Cornerback Trayvon Mullen: The 25-year-old cornerback — who was claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in January and is a cousin of quarterback Lamar Jackson — agreed to a one-year deal, 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 game’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 2019 College Football National Championship, had 134 tackles, four interceptions and 28 passes defensed in 37 games for Raiders.

Free agent losses

Center guard Trystan Colon: The New York Jets 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 deal were not disclosed.

The third-year player from Missouri was a restricted free agent but was not tendered by the Ravens, so he was free to sign with another team.

The 6-foot-6, 313-pound Colon spent the last three seasons in Baltimore, where he played in 20 games, including four starts. After playing in a dozen games in 2021, he was active for just six games last season and played 49 snaps, 47 of which came in his lone start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13.

Colon’s departure marks the second along 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 spent the last two seasons in Baltimore and was one of the team’s most improved players last season, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Vikings Monday, a source confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.

A third-round pick by 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. In addition to being one of the league’s best blockers, he also caught 14 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Instead, the Ravens are in line to get a compensatory sixth-round pick in 2024, according to a formula that takes into account a player’s average annual salary, playing time and awards. The by-elections won’t become official until next March.

With three-time Pro Bowler Mark Andrews and 2022 fourth-round picks Isaiah Likely and Charlie Kolar expected to have more next season, Oliver has become expendable for the Ravens given the lack of the bounding space.

Left guard Ben Powers: After surprisingly winning the starting job last season and qualifying as one of the NFL’s best blocking guards, the 2019 fourth-round pick from Oklahoma won, agreeing to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Broncosaccording to several reports.

The deal makes Powers one of the league’s highest-paid players at the position for a Broncos team looking to rebound from a dismal 5-12 campaign last season.

It also became apparent that the Ravens would be unlikely to afford the 26-year-old, with general manager Eric DeCosta acknowledging as much in January.

Baltimore is set to get a compensatory fourth-round pick in the 2024 draft after losing Powers. It also means their starting left guard job could be up for grabs this summer, with 2021 third-round pick Ben Cleveland struggling with injuries and conditioning and restricted free agent Trystan Colon more natural at the center.

Notable moves

  • The crows applied non-exclusive franchise tag for Lamar Jackson last week, keeping the star quarterback off the free agent market but giving him an opportunity to pursue 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 return. The non-exclusive tag is about $32.4 million, and the move does not prevent the Ravens from signing the 26-year-old Jackson to an extension before the July 17 deadline. It seems to indicate they are confident they could match any offer he receives from another team. Jackson is the eighth player in Ravens history to be franchise-tagged, and several of his predecessors, most recently outside linebacker Matthew Judon in 2020, have played entire seasons under the tag. But the Ravens have never been in this position with a quarterback.
  • The The Ravens cut veteran defensive end Calais Campbell, creating $7 million in savings. Although the 36-year-old defensive lineman announced last month that he would be returning for a 16th season in the league, the move was not a surprising one. Campbell, who was under contract for one more season, had a $9.4 million cap hit in 2023 and was scheduled to earn a $2 million bonus and $4.5 million in salary. He was one of the league’s most consistent defensive linemen last season and has long been a respected voice in the locker room.
  • ravens placed a right of first refusal on restricted free agent Tyler Huntley, meaning another team can sign the quarterback to an offer sheet, but the team receives no compensation if they don’t match. If Huntley plays at the low RFA auction, he will make $2.67 million this year.
  • The Ravens did not tender a qualifying or minimum offer to five players making them unrestricted free agents: All-Pro long snapper Nick Moore, safety Geno Stone, linebackers Kristian Welch and Del’Shawn Phillips and center Trystan Colon.
  • ravens announced in February that they had re-signed defensive end Brent Urban and cornerback Daryl Worleyboth veterans headed to free agency.

Unrestricted free agents

To run back: Kenyan Drake

Broadband 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

Safety: Geno Stone

Long Snapper: Nick Moore

Exclusive free agent rights

Safety: Ar’Darius Washington


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