Ravens defense has very different look following free agency

No one said it would be easy being the champs. The Ravens are dealing with the harsh reality that comes with winning it all: a free agency purge like no other year.

Four starters (Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Cary Williams and Ed Reed) were lost to free agency. One starter (Bernard Pollard) was released and a future Hall of Famer (Ray Lewis) was lost to retirement.

The Ravens have added two defenders – Chris Canty and Marcus Spears – in that time, but will still have some holes to fill in free agency.

With help from our friends at Stats Inc., here is the list for the most defensive starters on a Super Bowl winning team to not play for the franchise the following season.

Year Team Players lost
2012 Baltimore Ravens 6
2007 New York Giants 5
2006 Indianapolis Colts 4
1995 Dallas Cowboys 4
1993 Dallas Cowboys 3
1984 San Francisco 49ers 3
1982 Washington Redskins 3