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We just never sign star free agents. I doubt decosta will divert from the norm that much, especially so early in his tenure. A signing the magnitude of any of those pass rushers you mentioned could be a tenure-defining deal.

The safeties are an option though. I’ve always liked tyrann and he provides positional flexibility, too.

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29 minutes ago, dorfmac said:

We just never sign star free agents. I doubt decosta will divert from the norm that much, especially so early in his tenure. A signing the magnitude of any of those pass rushers you mentioned could be a tenure-defining deal.

The safeties are an option though. I’ve always liked tyrann and he provides positional flexibility, too.

We've historically have been tight against the cap year after year which prevents us from big signings. Also they have routinely play the comp pick game. I'm hoping DeCosta moves on from that being a main driving force.

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The Athletic's Jeff Zrebeic expected cuts


 

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WR Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree is currently scheduled to make $7 million in 2019, $5 million of which guarantees in mid-March. That is not an unreasonable number, but the Ravens have to find explosive and reliable weapons to put around Lamar Jackson. Crabtree is neither of those things at this point in his career. Even so, he should be able to find a new home if he hits the open market.

CB Jimmy Smith.

Smith is a talented corner who has played well when available, but the 30-year-old has not played more than 12 games in a season since 2015 and has managed that feat just twice in his career. Unless he is willing to take a pay cut on his $9.5 million base salary, the Ravens will have almost no choice but to move on.

CB Brandon Carr.

That is assuming the soon-to-be-33 Carr wants to continue his career. Cutting Carr ahead of his mid-March roster bonus would save the Ravens $5 million against the cap, but it would cost them a durable and solid corner who held his own even with relegated to the slot at times in 2018. Especially with Jimmy Smith likely to be shown the door, it makes sense for Baltimore to keep Carr around

 

 

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Wide Receiver options

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Golden Tate

Turning 31 in August, Golden Tate is surely on the back-end of his NFL career, but he’s still a big-play threat with unparalleled consistency in making things happen after the catch. He has forced at least 20 missed tackles in each of the past seven seasons and has averaged 5.4-plus yards after the catch per reception in the same span.

2. Tyrell Williams

Cast into a primary role in 2016, Los Angeles Chargers’ Tyrell Williams caught 69-of-111 targets for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns en route to a 75.6 overall grade. Yet, Keenan Allen’s return from injury and the addition for first-round Clemson product Mike Williams pushed Williams into the backseat in 2017 and 2018. Listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, the soon-to-be 27-year-old Williams should have ample suitors willing to bet on his potential in free agency. 

3. Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley may not have the upside of Williams with his positional inflexibility and age (29), but he, like Tate, can offer immediate value to an offense as a primary slot receiver. He finished the 2018 season ranked 10th in yards per route run from the slot (1.46) despite falling out of favor in the Dallas Cowboys’ offense for much of the season.

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 4. John Brown

John Brown made some splash plays deep down the field with Joe Flacco under center for the Baltimore Ravens early in the season, but he failed to record more than 30 receiving yards in any game after Week 7. If given an opportunity to field deep targets in bunches, Brown can thrive in 2019 and beyond.

5. Adam Humphries 

Adam Humphries earned a career-high 75.2 overall grade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. The 25-year-old Clemson product is trending up at the right time, which should lead to quite the payday in the offseason.

6. Randall Cobb

He may not be the game-changer he once was, but longtime Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb still offers value as a proven veteran in this league. His career-low 60.2 overall grade is cause for concern, for sure, but a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to getting at least some of the old Cobb back in action.

7. Donte Moncrief

Signed to a one-year, prove-it deal as a free agent last offseason, Donte Moncrief failed to prove much with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. He earned just a 62.3 overall grade across 815 offensive snaps and tied for 63rd in yards per route run (1.22) among qualifiers. Getting away from Blake Bortles will surely help Moncrief revive his career, but he still has a lot of catching up to do regardless of where he ends up.

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8. Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess’ 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame bodes well for his potential as an outside receiver in the NFL, but he’s failed to come close to it in his four years with the Carolina Panthers. He earned a career-high 74.7 overall grade as a rookie and topped 900 receiving yards in 2017, but drops combined with overall inconsistency have limited his year-to-year success.

9. Chris Hogan 

Chris Hogan, otherwise known as 7-11 because he’s always open, has been closed for much of the 2018 season. He earned a career-low 56.7 overall grade this past year, failing to rise to the occasion as part of a Pats’ receiving corps in desperate need of playmakers outside of Julian Edelman. He’ll need to flip the script completely to warrant a significant role in 2019.

 10. Dontrelle Inman

Dontrelle Inman came on late for the Indianapolis Colts towards the end of the regular season and in the team’s two postseason games. He caught 17-of-19 targets for 231 yards and three touchdowns in his final four appearances of the season and earned a season-high 89.8 overall grade in the Colts’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

 

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Like Montcrief, Humphries, and Inman

 

 

Dont see anyone wanting to come here to block for Lamar and the running game 65% of the snaps unless they dont have other options.

 

All this talk about rebuilding the offense from the group up stuff is just absurd until you move on from the run 1st QB

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Another comical report about free agent wanting to play here because of Lamar Jackson.

To any RB or WR he's going to take a chunk of the play calling with the QB option. 

Is not of consequence if you are an Olineman, special teams, or defense.

Plus the aged veterans who want to win now likely wouldn't have a ton of confidence in him after crapping the bed in the playoff game.

https://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/ravens-believe-lamar-jackson-s-presence-is-a-plus-to-attract-free-agents

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Kareem Hunt off the board.............signs with CLE.

Surprised he got picked up so quickly.   Hopefully he gets suspended for enough games that we won't have to face him more than once next year if at all.

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7 hours ago, Aglets said:

Kareem Hunt off the board.............signs with CLE.

Surprised he got picked up so quickly.   Hopefully he gets suspended for enough games that we won't have to face him more than once next year if at all.

No big loss ....likely will miss half the season with suspension. Ravens haven't moved toward signing this type of player yet.

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19 hours ago, Aglets said:

Kareem Hunt off the board.............signs with CLE.

Surprised he got picked up so quickly.   Hopefully he gets suspended for enough games that we won't have to face him more than once next year if at all.

There is a KC connection with the front office in Cleveland, but I like the Chubb, Johnson combo better anyway.  Maybe the idea is to have Hunt as insurance later in the season.

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February 14th, 2019 at 9:43pm CST by Sam Robinson
  • Under Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens have been known to prioritize compensatory picks. They may be ready to collect another prime end-of-round draft choice this year. Za’Darius Smith‘s free agency buzz reminds The Athletic’s Jeff Zreibec of what followed Pernell McPhee four years ago as he readied for the market. McPhee left for a big Bears offer. A contract-year wonder, Smith looks headed elsewhere, too, per Zreibec (subscription required), with the Ravens prioritizing four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley and possible skill-position enhancements. Baltimore is about to lose $16MM via its Flacco trade, and it presently holds just $21MM in cap space. So adjustments will need to occur if these roster-bolstering hopes are to be realized.

This would give me the impression that they will give Suggs a cheap deal and grab a pass rusher in the 1st.

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20 hours ago, Greg Pappas said:

I can't see adding a costly RB via Free Agency, when there will be plenty of quality backs available (far cheaper) in the draft.

Ingram is leaps and bounds better than anyone we have. If the plan is to draft Jacobs in the 1st then We obviously wouldn't need a RB. Knowing the Ravens they probably feel like they are good with Edwards and Dixon. I think we need a homerun threat RB.

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