Newsome will have to determine what to do with tackles Eugene Monroe and Michael Oher, and whether he needs to upgrade at center and guard.
“I think we’ve got to get bigger in the interior of our offensive line,” Newsome said. “I think we need to have a more athletic safety in the defense. We need to get a receiver that can make a third-and-7, third-and-8 catch and to be able to run after the catch. Those are some areas that we can add some. I have no doubt that the players we retain on this team will get better.”
Although offense was the most glaring shortcoming, the defense had it low points, too. Of the 352 points the Ravens allowed, 134 came in the fourth quarter.
“Not having the ability to get off the field maybe cost us three or four games this year,” Newsome said.
Newsome said he will not restructure contracts, but would be willing to extend pacts to get under the salary cap. Linebacker Terrell Suggs led the team with 10 sacks and ranked third in tackles, but his contract comes with a lofty salary cap number. Which means he could be in line for a new deal, like it or not.
“Terrell is a real good football player,” Newsome said. “That being said … I have no aversion to letting good football players walk out the door. We’ll look at every aspect of it and see what’s best for the 2014 and 2015 and 2016 Ravens and make that decision once we get to it.”