NFL Players Cut: Signings that could make sense for the Ravens

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We know the Ravens love to sign NFL players cut from other teams. Many of the more high-profile NFL cuts that fit the Ravens have been signed already. Kyle Van Noy is one NFL cut in particular who would have fit the Ravens defense.

As you may already know, NFL players cut (AKA cap casualty players) from other teams that are signed by a new team do not count in the compensatory pick formula. The Ravens have always been a team to put great value on comp picks. With that being said, we know the Ravens could benefit from shopping all of the different NFL roster cuts still available, especially to upgrade their offensive line, pass rush, and receiving group.

Who are some NFL players cut that the Ravens could still target?

Trai Turner, G – NFL Player Cut by the Chargers

Trai Turner is set to be released by the Chargers in order to save $11.5 million in cap space. The Chargers acquired Turner from the Carolina Panthers in the 2020 offseason. Turner did not have the best season in 2020. However, that could bring his cost down.

I know, I know, why would the Ravens bring in a guard released by a team, especially when he didn’t play as well last season? Well, the answer is because prior to last season, Turner earned 5 Pro Bowls in a row with Carolina. So, Los Angeles just not being a fit seems more likely given how he performed every other season of his career.

Bringing in the former 5-time Pro Bowl guard would allow the Ravens to shift Bradley Bozeman to center, which is the position he played at Alabama in college during the National Championship. That would pretty much solve the Ravens offensive line issues, at least for one season (unless we trade Orlando Brown Jr.)

Trai Turner may not be a big splash NFL player cut, but he could be a good signing for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Rick Wagner OR Eric Fisher, T – Two NFL Notable Players Cut from Packers and Chiefs

I put two here because this one is only worth looking at if we trade Orlando Brown Jr. Both of these NFL player cuts could come in and immediately fill in for the loss of Brown. They are both reliable veteran tackles.

I would prefer Rick Wagner because he is a former Raven and would most likely come at a cheaper cost of around $5 million a year (especially because of our past history with him). Eric Fisher may cost a bit more. He was a former No. 1 overall pick too. Both Wagner and Fisher had great PFF grades for last season.

Now, neither one of these players would be the sexiest signings, like maybe a wide receiver or a pass rusher would be. But they would be necessary signings if the Ravens trade Orlando Brown Jr.

Alshon Jeffrey, WR – Released by the Philadelphia Eagles

This also wouldn’t be the sexiest signing. Jeffrey has had some injury struggles the past couple years. However, he would come cheap because of that most likely. And his is a great size at 6’3″, especially for a run-heavy offense. Jeffrey had a few great seasons for the Chicago Bears, including in a Pro Bowl season in 2013. He had 89 receptions for 1,421 yards and 7 touchdowns that year.

In 2014, Jeffrey also had over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Since then, he has usually stayed around 800 receiving yards. The past two seasons haven’t been good, but the Eagles have also kind of struggled altogether on offense in both of the last two seasons. So, maybe Jeffrey is worth a look and a cheap signing.

Carlos Dunlap, DE – NFL Roster Cut by the Seattle Seahawks

I have actually mentioned Dunlap in a previous article because the Ravens have already shown an interest in him. I am not sure if that has developed anymore, but I do know that he was able to come in halfway through last season and help the Seahawks with their pass rush.

If the price ends up being right, I say bring him in. Even after re-signing Tyus Bowser and Pernell McPhee, the Ravens still have a need in regards to their pass rush. Dunlap is a two-time Pro Bowler. Ravens fans should be very familiar with Dunlap as he is the Bengals’ record holder for career sacks.

Bringing in Carlos Dunlap would allow us to push off drafting pass rushing depth beyond the first two rounds.

Kyle Fuller, CB – Released by Chicago Bears

Fuller was released by the Bears to save about $11 million in cap space. He is only two seasons removed from posting 7 interceptions in 2018. Kyle Fuller could come in if the price is right, and immediately help the Ravens out in the slot. This is important because Tavon Young has trouble staying healthy. It also would allow Marlon Humphrey to stay on the outside, where he does his best work.

While these players all may have already had their best season, adding one of these players could help the Ravens fill a need.

Update: Signed by the Broncos

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