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John Harbaugh: 'Aggressive' Offers Given To Free Agents


With just three days before teams can start contacting Ravens free agents, and six before they can sign them, Baltimore is working diligently to maintain some key figures.

Head Coach John Harbaugh didn't specify names, but said the Ravens are in negotiations with their free agents right now to try to keep them in purple and black.

"We've got offers out to all of those guys – aggressive offers," Harbaugh said.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe may be the most urgent of the free agents. He is regarded as* *one of the top tackles on the market and could command a big payday if he shops around.

Baltimore opted not to place the franchise tag on Monroe, which would have cost $11.65 million.

The Ravens have other free agents that they would like to keep. Defensive end Arthur Jones is coming off a breakout season and could see high offers on the open market.  The team has also expressed desire to re-sign linebacker Daryl Smith, cornerback Corey Graham and tackle Michael Oher.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Senior Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty are working with Monroe's agent to work out new contracts.

Harbaugh joked that Newsome and Moriarty are getting tired of him calling them and asking whether they've heard any news.

"We're working really hard to get that done right now," Harbaugh said. "We want to keep our guys. We want our guys to be here just like Dennis [Pitta]. We want to keep those guys."

If the Ravens are not able to reach deals with their free agents before Tuesday, they could lose to other teams some players that they wish to keep. In that case, Harbaugh said they'll simply have to turn to other avenues to build the team.

With a raise coming in the overall salary cap, the Ravens reportedly have about $26 million in space. That means they could turn to other options in free agency if they can't re-sign their own players.

"We're trying to be aggressive about it," Harbaugh said. "Because we have more salary cap space than we've had since 2008 for sure, we have a chance to do some things. But the first priority is our guys right now."

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