Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome mentioned during Wednesday’s press conference that they had intentions of adding at least one running back before RB Ray Rice‘s offseason assault charges, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
According to Newsome, the Ravens were in on free agent RB LeGarrette Blount during free agency, but they ultimately didn’t extend him a formal offer. Blount ultimately signed on with their division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
So far this offseason, the Ravens have added veteran RB Justin Forsett to their roster who figures to enter training camp as their No. 3 running back as of now.
Rice, 27, was one of the most consistent running backs in the NFL before last season in which he saw his production dip to 660 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Rice’s backup, Bernard Pierce, also had a disappointing season due to a shoulder injury that he played through, that required offseason surgery.
Baltimore has plenty of draft picks to work with this year, so it would not be surprising to see them use a mid-round draft pick on a running back prospect.