Let’s take a look at the remaining free agents for the Ravens after the draft. Look, we all know that the Ravens are going to wait to sign anyone until after the 2021 NFL Draft. They don’t want to affect the compensatory pick formula if they don’t have to. And after May 3rd signings no longer affect the comp pick formula at all.
There are already ongoing rumors that the Ravens are expected to sign Alejandro Villanueva after the draft. But they are reportedly having a visit with Dennis Kelly. So, that makes it appear unlikely that anything is guaranteed yet. Plus, there are also reports that Villanueva may not sign with the Ravens. As of right now, it is just a rumor until it is made official. I personally think it will happen, but I’ll go over some other options. It is possible that the Ravens sign both just to have insurance in case of future injuries or if Stanley can’t start immediately.
The reality is that pretty much all of the top remaining free agents have found their new homes this offseason. However, there are still players left that could come in and immediately contribute on day one. I imagine the Ravens will make a couple more moves in free agency after the 2021 NFL Draft.
Top remaining free agents for the offensive line:
- Eric Fisher
- Mitchell Schwartz
- Alejandro Villanueva
- Rick Wagner
- Austin Reiter
- Trai Turner
Other options: Dennis Kelly, Bobby Massie, Demar Dotson, Jason Peters, Kelechi Osemele, James Carpenter.
All elite blockers are gone, but the Ravens obviously need to replace Orlando Brown Jr. and find a new starting right tackle. I imagine they will draft a tackle at some point, but someone like Villanueva could come in and start immediately. In fact, PFF had Villanueva graded nearly the same as Orlando Brown Jr. last season. They were only separated by a couple of points in total PFF score. Also, they allowed the same number of sacks (3) over roughly the same snap count. Rick Wagner is also a low-cost option and a former Raven. In fact, Wagner had a bit higher rating by PFF than Orlando Brown Jr. Eric Fisher was the highest-rated of the bunch, but he also probably wants the most money.
Top remaining free agent edge rushers:
- Melvin Ingram
- Justin Houston
- Olivier Vernon
- Everson Griffen
- Ryan Kerrigan
Other options available: Trent Murphy, Adrian Clayborn, Vic Beasley.
All of the top edge rushers are gone, but there are still some solid options left. Honestly, minus the age factor, this may be the strongest group of remaining free agents. Justin Houston already had a visit with the Ravens. Personally, I think Olivier Vernon would be the best fit. He got back to form last season with 9 sacks. I think he would be a great contributor to the pass rush and isn’t getting enough love. Either way, the Ravens need to focus on this position in the draft and in free agency after losing Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue.
Top remaining free agents at defensive end/tackle:
- Sheldon Richardson
- Jurrell Casey
- Geno Atkins
- Corey Peters
Other options: Christian Covington, Steve McLendon, Danny Shelton.
Honestly, given the fact that the Ravens already have a few older guys on the defensive line, I don’t see them signing any of these players. In fact, I imagine they will use the draft for this position. Plus, they have Justin Madubuike ready to become a starter in the next year or so (as soon as a spot becomes available). Madubuike has some serious potential.
Top remaining free agents at tight end and wide receiver:
- Antonio Brown
- Larry Fitzgerald (he deserves a Super Bowl before he retires)
- Golden Tate
- Alshon Jeffrey
- Danny Amendola
- Trey Burton
- Tyler Eifert
Other options: DeDe Westbrook, Damiere Byrd, Delanie Walker, Jesse James.
Top free agent options remaining at cornerback or safety:
- Malik Hooker
- Richard Sherman
- Casey Hayward Jr.
- Steven Nelson
- Tre Boston
Other options available: Bashaud Breeland, Brian Poole, Gareon Conley, Bradley McDouglad, Kenny Vaccaro.
The Ravens love having cornerback depth. And it’s a necessity especially if you want to continue to boast one of the top secondaries in the NFL. Tavon Young is set to return in 2021, but he struggles to stay healthy, so it wouldn’t hurt to draft a free agent. Plus, the safeties need help in coverage. The fact is, the Ravens have two strong safeties. They need help in coverage at that position. Adding a cornerback or safety would help because even if they just add cornerback depth… then Jimmy Smith can help the safeties out in coverage. It would make the most sense to just add a safety or a slot cornerback. This can be something they take care of in the draft though.
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