Ravens Stand Pat At Trade Deadline


Ozzie Newsome stands by the Ravens roster heading into the second half of the season.

Baltimore's general manager opted against making any last-second deals before the NFL's trade deadline Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. Instead of dealing any players or future draft picks, the Ravens will rely on the free-agency market if they make any future tweaks to their team.

The trade deadline was anti-climactic across the NFL this season, as no teams made any blockbuster moves. The biggest deal was the Bucs trading former first-round safety Mark Barron to the Rams.

There was speculation that the Ravens may try to add a cornerback after losing Jimmy Smith for a few weeks with a foot injury, but no deals ever materialized.

"We don't have to [add a corner]," Head Coach John Harbaugh said when asked if the Ravens would need to make a move.  "If we could find the right guy, then we'd do that. They're scarce."

The Ravens have traditionally decided against making midseason trades. Last year's move to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe in exchange for draft picks was the first midseason trade of Newsome's tenure.

Newsome also prefers not to part with future draft picks, and he already dealt a fifth-round pick to Tampa Bay this offseason in exchange for center Jeremy Zuttah.

With no fireworks around this year's trade deadline, the Ravens will stick with their current lineup as they prepare for this week's critical divisional matchup with the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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