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We’re entering a brief — oh, so very brief — slow time in the NFL calendar, and I should define that word in the context of this league before we continue much further. A slow period in the NFL news cycle doesn’t mean there’s any lack of things to write about or things to say while in front of a camera. No, the league talking machine must always be fed, so we just make up more stuff during the slow-ish periods. Skip Bayless is a god in this manner.

Now that I’ve broken the fourth wall a bit, know that this specific period may be a little down because with the exception of a few major names (Charles Woodson, and all the veteran defensive ends) there’s beginning to be some fizzle with free agency, and the true draft lunacy often doesn’t kick in until the calendar flips to April. That’s why right now players shouldn’t say things that guys like me can put in headlines. So thank you, Arthur Jones.

The Ravens defensive end was quite elated after his team acquired Elvis Dumervil yesterday, a much needed acquisition to replace the pass rushing presence lost when Paul Kruger departed for Cleveland. In fact, Dumervil does more than just replace Kruger, as he’s far more established, and he therefore represents an upgrade.

Which is nice, really. Much like Dumervil’s now former team in Denver that paired him with Von Miller, the Ravens now boast a premier pass-rushing duo between their new acquisition and Terrell Suggs.

But saying this was probably a little premature, Arthur.

Of course, the last time there was any reference to a dream team during the offseason, a two-year unraveling period in Philadelphia followed.

Dumervil is a great signing, and overall he’s one of the best signings of March. But he fills only one of many holes after the Ravens’ mass defensive exodus, as two middle linebackers either departed (Dannell Ellerbe) or retired (Ray Lewis). Then there’s the matter of the secondary, with three of the four starters in the defensive backfield gone (Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams).

General manager Ozzie Newsome has more than earned trust, no matter how dire the situation may seem. But regardless of his likely upcoming brilliance during the draft, Newsome’s defense will look significantly different next fall, and a not nearly as dreamy.

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