Ravens Free Agents 2012: Ray Rice, Cory Redding Among Starters Who Could Leave

By most reasonable measures, 2012 was a successful season for the Baltimore Ravens. It obviously didn't end with a Super Bowl victory, but it did include a 12-4 regular-season record and trip to the AFC championship game. Their defense also allowed the third fewest points and the third fewest yards in the NFL. The 2012 offseason is a bit of a mixed bag as a handful of key players will be free agents of one form or another.

Among 2011 starters, Ray Rice is probably the most significant player to be an unrestricted free agent. Other starters who will be free agents include cornerback Cary Williams (restricted), center Matt Birk (unrestricted), defensive end Cory Redding (unrestricted) and linebacker Jarrett Johnson (unrestricted). Linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo, who's the primary backup to the aging Ray Lewis, will also be an unrestricted free agent.

Here's a complete list of 2012 Ravens free agents (via Mac's Football Blog):

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (8)

OL Justin Boren
LB Josh Bynes
LB Sergio Kindle
RB Matt Lawrence
LB Albert McClellan
LB Chavis Williams
CB Danny Gorrer
LS Morgan Cox

Restricted Free Agents (3)

LB Dannell Ellerbe
CB Lardarius Webb
CB Cary Williams

Unrestricted Free Agents (13)

RB Ray Rice
TE Kris Wilson
OC Matt Birk
OG Ben Grubbs
C/G Andre Gurode
DT Brandon McKinney
DE Cory Redding
LB Brendon Ayanbadejo
LB Jarrett Johnson
LB Edgar Jones
LB Jameel McClain
S Haruki Nakamura
S Tom Zbikowski

For more on the Ravens offseason, check out Baltimore Beatdown.

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