Found March 27, 2013 on thepigskinreport.com:
You would think after two Super Bowl titles and numerous player accolades, folks would begin to just trust in what one of the longest tenured general managers in the game does. After getting picked apart in free agency, the defending champs had already been written off as free agency ”losers” in 2013. But in just a couple of days time, Ozzie Newsome has made the same kind of shrewd general manager moves that have gotten him consistently recognized as one of the best in the business. First; the exodus. Ed Reed left the organization after 11 years to join up with his longtime college friend Andre Johnson in Houston. Ray Lewis retired and will make his way to the analyst desk. Bernard Pollard was given a handshake and his walking papers. Meanwhile, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe got offers in free agency that not even Ozzie could blame them for accepting. Just like that, a Super Bowl winning defense was deconstructed. Things looked bleak as more and more subtractions came and nothing...
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