Alright! So far in Baltimore Ravens free agency, I like all of the moves. Bringing back Tyus Bowser, Pernell McPhee, Gus Edwards, and Derek Wolfe are all ‘A’ grade moves. I also say that bringing in both offensive guard Kevin Zeitler and wide receiver Sammy Watkins are ‘A’ grade moves.
The Ravens may or may not be done in free agency. I personally don’t think they are. At this point, I feel like Orlando Brown Jr. may be here to stay until at least next year when he becomes a free agent. I could be wrong about this, but I only saw them trading him if it was to fill another void with a draft pick. At this point, it would just create a huge gaping hole at RT.
I talked about the Ravens bringing in Melvin Ingram in the last post and my last YouTube video. One great YouTube Channel, Ingraven Vids, also posted about the Ravens bringing in Melvin Ingram. It would be a great move. The Ravens definitely need more experience and skill at pass rush.
Who else would make a good signing in Baltimore Ravens free agency?
Ravens Offensive Line
We saw in the Super Bowl that the offensive line is very important and you can never have enough solid depth here. The Ravens had some snap issues last season. The most notable snapping issues came in the Buffalo Bills playoff game.
Now it is possible that they fix this by bringing in another free agent, such as Austin Reiter. The Ravens could also use the draft to fix the center position. Or maybe they use one of their own? I think Patrick Mekari has potential, but he played his best football at RT, to be honest. I would love to see the Ravens move Bradley Bozeman to center. It was his original position during college. In fact, he won two National Championships with Alabama at that position.
If they do that, who is going to play left guard? I say either draft someone or bring in a guy like Trai Turner. Trai Turner had 5 Pro Bowl seasons in a row with the Carolina Panthers before he went to Los Angeles for a season. I think a guy like Turner could be one of the best Ravens free agent targets. He didn’t have the best season last year, so he wouldn’t be super expensive, but has a high upside.
Think about it. You have five Pro Bowls in a row with one team, then go to another and have a bad season. Something tells me the Chargers may have been the issue as well. I think after 5 Pro Bowls, he was entitled to an off-year.
Imagine: Ronnie Stanley, LT. Trai Turner, LG. Bradley Bozeman, C. Kevin Zeitler, RG. Orlando Brown Jr., RT.
That’s a Super Bowl worthy offensive line.
Baltimore Ravens Free Agency – Pass Rush
Okay, so I touched on Melvin Ingram already. I still believe he could be one of the best Ravens free agent targets right now. However, let’s talk about a few other options for the pass rush in Ravens free agency.
Olivier Vernon would be a great option for the Ravens. As with any signing, it all depends on if the price is right. Vernon is coming off a 9 sack season in 2020 and has 63.5 over his 9 seasons. That comes to around an average of 7 sacks per year. That would definitely be a boost for the Ravens. Matt Judon was their top pass-rusher last season with only 6. Something tells me Vernon would get more sacks than Judon did last season and cost way less than $14 million a year.
One other option is Justin Houston. The Colts are interested in bringing him back and can probably afford to pay him more. So, this may not happen. However, even in his 10th season (2020), the 4-time Pro Bowler had more sacks than Judon, with 8. Houston has 97.5 sacks over 10 seasons. That is nearly a 10 sack per season average. In 2014, he put up 22 sacks. At 32, he is obviously near the end of his career. But Houston would be a great addition for a Super Bowl run.
Plus, they already signed one former Kansas City Chiefs player (Sammy Watkins) in Baltimore Ravens free agency. Why not target another former Chiefs player in Justin Houston?
Should the Ravens add depth at coverage?
Well, Tavon Young is on track to return from his injury. However, I wouldn’t rely on that because he seems to stay injured. I would prefer if the Ravens use the draft to add depth at slot cornerback. If they do that, then Jimmy Smith could help out the safeties in coverage. Because let’s be honest, Elliot and Clark are not the best at coverage. They are both great at the strong safety position, though.
With that being said, one player that I would be okay with the Ravens spending money on in free agency outside of the pass rush and the offensive line is Malik Hooker. Because of his injury issues, he would be a cheap signing. The Ravens don’t need him to be a full-time starter. He could act as a third safety, who has play-making tendencies. In the 3 NFL seasons he played, he has 7 interceptions for 156 yards. As I said, he has some injury issues, so in 4 seasons he has only started in 35 games.
But if the deal is cheap, it is worth it. In 2016, Hooker ended his college career with 7 interceptions for nearly 200 interception yards and 3 touchdowns. The Ravens are missing that play-making safety. No one can ever replace Ed Reed, but the Ravens need some of that play-making coverage on defense again.
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