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Ravens GM Eric DeCosta prioritizes offensive line development after key departures

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By: Kevin Oestreicher

The Baltimore Ravens are undergoing an offensive line rebuild, losing three starters from their 2023 team to free agency and trades. Gone are John Simpson, Kevin Zeitler, and Morgan Moses, and Baltimore will need to figure out how to replace them as the offseason continues.

When speaking at Derrick Henry’s introductory press conference after the running back signed with the Ravens, Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta discussed the state of the team’s offensive line. He mentioned that it’s always been a priority, and the team’s mission is to build it out over the next few weeks.

“That’s aways going to be the priority, is the offensive line. In 2008, when we hired [head coach] John [Harbaugh], one of the first things he said to me was, ‘We need a big, strong, physical, athletic offensive line,’ and that’s never really changed. So, that will be the mission in the coming weeks to build that out. I think we’re on our way. We have a good plan. We’re fortunate that this draft class is pretty good from that standpoint. I don’t want to call it historically strong, but it looks like a very strong crop of offensive linemen. I say this every year, but as a wise man once said, ‘We don’t play games until September. We’ll be ready.’”

Baltimore will likely add a few offensive linemen in the 2024 draft, as the position has plenty of quality prospects this year. However, they could also turn to veterans on the free agent market, something they’ve already done with the signing of Josh Jones.

Originally posted on Ravens Wire