The Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North last season after a midseason quarterback change from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson. Now, for Jackson’s first full-year as a starter, Baltimore is acting aggressively in free agency.

First, Baltimore’s defense got even scarier by signing former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. The deal will be worth $55 million over four years, with $22 million being paid over the next nine months. Thomas, one of the last members of Seattle’s Legion of Boom, brings a successful pedigree and Super Bowl resume with him to Baltimore.

Just minutes later, the offense also got a new toy: former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram. Ingram was dynamic with Brees and the Saints, but was somewhat expendable with Alvin Kamara also on the roster. Ingram is used to splitting snaps and may do so situationally in Baltimore.

After the Browns traded for Odell Beckham Jr. (Read that full column here), the Ravens responded with their own upgrades. These two teams should be battling for the AFC North crown, unless the Pittsburgh Steelers can have a rebound year.

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