I have been wanting to make a list of the best NFL free agents for the Ravens to target. With that being said, we have a limited amount of cap space. Therefore, all of the players on this list are projected to cost less than $10 million per year. They are also all players that could fill a need.
Note: this list is not in any particular order. Any of these free agents would potentially help the Ravens.
#1. EDGE: Jadeveon Clowney
The first player on this best NFL free agents list is Jadeveon Clowney. He is projected to get a one-year deal worth about $6.5 million. Let’s be honest… the Ravens need to add someone who can help fill the likely losses of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. Clowney hasn’t produced much in the past couple of seasons, but he has a lot of potential. I believe that he could produce well in the Raven’s system.
#2. WR: Marvin Jones
The Ravens wide receivers need an upgrade. Period. That doesn’t mean we have to spend big, though. Our young guys deserve a chance to grow. But a guy like Marvin Jones has proven himself. He has posted 9 touchdowns in 3 of the last 4 seasons. We don’t need a guy who gets the most yards. What we need in our run-first offense is a guy that is physical and can catch the ball on 3rd down and in the end zone. Having that extra target to rely on will help Lamar Jackson out tremendously. You can expect Marvin Jones to command right around $10 million a year. We usually do well with bringing in the veteran receivers, like Boldin, Mason, or Smith Sr. As far as this best NFL free agents list goes, Marvin Jones is my favorite target for the Ravens.
#3. TE: Gerald Everett
In 2019, the Ravens had 3 solid tight ends in Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst, and Nick Boyle. We went 14-2 using those 3-tight end sets well. Everett has some pretty solid numbers and could add another receiving threat at tight end. Spotrac estimates him to get a 3-year deal worth about $7.3 million a year.
#4. WR: Kendrick Bourne
I am not one of the many fans who believe the Ravens need a “number one WR.” I believe that adding a new pass-game specialist in Keith Williams and wide receivers coach in Tee Martin will help the passing game a lot. We have a lot of young guys, like Devin Duvernay and James Proche, that didn’t really get their chances last season. Devin Duvernay and James Proche were really good receivers in college. That doesn’t always translate to the NFL, but they deserve more playing time. However, I wouldn’t mind bringing in someone cheap like Kendrick Bourne. Bourne has good size for physical play at 6’1″ 203 lb, but his size also doesn’t make him slow. I think he would be an ideal bargain option at only around $5-6 million a year.
#5. G: Kelechi Osemele
Osemele is getting up there in age, but he is still a quality, veteran guard for the price. The Ravens need to add more veteran leadership to their line. I believe that they should switch Bozeman to center, as he played at Alabama. If they do that, it would be important to add another guard or two. Osemele was drafted by the Ravens in 2012. He could come back to finish his career in Baltimore at a much lower price.
#6. EDGE: Markus Golden
Markus Golden, as I highlighted in a previous article, is coming off a down season. He played for two teams. He didn’t have any stability. Both contracts were under $5 million a year. The thing is, the year before, he posted 10 sacks. I believe that in the right system that Golden could get back to that. We don’t have much to lose by giving him a chance. I say we sign Golden to a one or two-year deal at $3-4 million a year and see what he provides for us.
#7. S: Damontae Kazee
Kazee has experience playing in the slot and at both safety positions. I think this would be the perfect player for the Ravens to add to their secondary. Because Tavon Young hasn’t been able to stay healthy, the Ravens have been missing that slot corner piece. Kazee could come in to fill the slot and/or a coverage safety role. He is coming off an injury, so there is some risk, but in 2018 he had 7 interceptions. And in 2019, he had 3. So, he could add something to the Raven’s secondary for sure. And he would come at a very low price because of the risk involved. In my opinion, it is worth it because he wouldn’t have to play every down.
#8. WR: Rashard Higgins
Higgins is another quality, cheap option at WR that the Ravens could target. I know WR is the most common position on this best NFL free agents list for the Ravens. I also know I said I don’t think having a WR1 is as important as people think it is. But having another reliable target is definitely important. With the injury to Odell Beckham Jr. last season, Higgins proved that he could be that reliable target when needed. At $6 million estimated per year, I’d say he would be a quality signing.
#9. RT: Rick Wagner
Rick Wagner is a former Baltimore Raven. I say we bring him back if we trade Orlando Brown Jr. He had a 77 overall PFF grade last season. Wagner was released by the Packers, which means that he shouldn’t cost an arm and a length. I could see this being a viable option to fill the void left behind by trading Orlando Brown Jr. (if we do).
#10. T or G: Matt Feiler
If the Ravens are smart, they will try and trade Orlando Brown Jr. He is going to leave next year because he wants to play LT. He isn’t starting over Ronnie Stanley. With that being said, we need to have a viable replacement at RT if he is traded. We shouldn’t wait until next season to lose him and only get a 3rd round comp pick at best. I say Feiler is one of the options to replace him. He would probably cost around $6-7 million a year. That is what Over the Cap has him valued at. Feiler started for the Steelers are RT and LG. He was good at right tackle and above average at LG. He is also a possible option to play guard if we choose to push Bradley Bozeman to his college position of Center.
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