As a Ravens fan, I kinda dig this new math from Professor Oz. When you add it up, it looks like a win for the good guys. Let’s get out those calculators…
Here’s who they lost last year to free agency:
Kemo was a good guy, pretty decent player but Haloti Ngata he is not…ah!
Tony Weaver, another good guy but after signing Trevor Pryce, I have to ask, "Tony who?" Oh and by the way, Pryce didn’t factor into the compensatory pick equation because he was a Denver cap casualty just like Derrick Mason and Samari Rolle were last year.
Chester Taylor, ok that one hurt a bit this year...
Will Demps, yet another good guy, man-about-town sidekick of Kyle Boller’s but Demps’ best season wasn’t as good as Dawan Landry’s rookie season.
Dave Zastudil…the Ravens traded Zastudil’s 35.7 yard net average and 11 punts inside the 20 in ‘05 for Sam Koch’s 37.6 yard net average and 30 punts inside the 20 in ’06.
Darnell Dinkins was replaced by Quinn Sypniewski. Dinkins had 3 tackles and 2 catches for the Browns in 14 games. Sypniewski had 2 tackles and 2 catches in 16 games. Dinkins cost more.
Anthony Wright v. Kyle Boller. Ok we’ve seen enough of that but I’ll take Boller.
Now to get Steve McNair the Ravens traded away this year’s fourth round pick to the Titans. On Monday, the Ravens got that back with a compensatory pick.
To get Willis McGahee the Ravens traded two threes and a No. 7 pick. On Monday they picked up another No. 4, a 5 and a 6 as additional compensatory picks.
Why don’t we play a little Let’s Make a Deal?
Ravens fans….behind Door No. 1 there’s Kemo, Weaver, Taylor, Demps, Zastudil, Dinkins, Wright and the following draft picks: a No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7 in 2007 plus a No. 3 in 2008.
And then behind Door No. 2 there’s Ngata, Pryce, McGahee, Landry, Koch, Sypniewski, McNair and the following draft picks: two No. 4’s, a No. 5 and a No. 6 in 2007.
Monte Hall has nothing on Ozzie Newsome.
And by the way, there was more good news for the Ravens on Monday that isn’t being discussed until now. The Niners got a third round compensatory pick for Julian Peterson in this year’s NFL draft. The 2007 Pro Bowler had 89 tackles this season to go with 10 sacks, 1 interception and 5 passes defended in 16 games. If AD matches his 2006 performance (83 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 interception and 6 passes defended) next season with the Patriots, given his salary and certain Pro Bowl status, it is a near lock that his loss will score a third round compensatory pick for the Ravens.
Go ahead, add it up!