After roster purge, Ravens smartly reloading on defence

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambles away from Dallas Cowboys defensive...

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambles away from Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Marcus Spears in the second half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Tex. Nov. 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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It’s so easy to forget this simple fact: NFL rosters are but an evolutionary snapshot at this time of year.

For well-run teams, it’s probably wisest to withhold harsh conclusions about how poorly their off-season roster rebuilding might be going, especially when the guy in charge has more purging to do before he can begin his reloading.

Case in point, the Baltimore Ravens.

A week ago, many of us derided the Ravens for allowing -- and in at least one case, forcing -- the exodus of so many impact players from their Super Bowl championship team.

They had to give quarterback Joe Flacco his six-year, $121 million contract, and everyone knew inside linebacker Ray Lewis would retire.

But within the span of a few days earlier this month, the Ravens cut strong safety Bernard Pollard, traded wideout Anquan Boldin to San Francisco (half an hour before they’d have cut him, to get under the cap) -- then they watched rush linebacker Paul Kruger sign with Cleveland.


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