According to Giants beat writer Art Stapleton, there is mutual interest between Victor Cruz and the Ravens. He says the two sides are working out the details for an upcoming visit in Baltimore.
On the surface a potential Ravens/Victor Cruz marriage makes a lot sense. Cruz had somewhat of a bounce back season last year catching 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown. But there was really no need for him in the Big Apple after the Giants signed Brandon Marshall to go along with Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. to make up one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL.
Cruz is best suited as a slot receiver at this point in his career which complements the Ravens speedsters Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. But knee injuries have marred what once looked like a potential Hall of Fame career. At this point, it’s hard to know how much Cruz has left in the tank.
The free agent wide receiver market is really thin at this point of the offseason and Cruz is probably the Ravens second best option. Anquan Boldin is six years older but is as durable and tough as wide receivers come. Plus he already has proven chemistry with Joe Flacco and is coming off of a season where he caught 67 passes and 8 touchdowns. Beyond Boldin and Cruz other options include Vincent Jackson and the recently released Eddie Royal. Cruz wouldn’t be a bad addition but he wouldn’t be much of a difference maker either at this point.
Perhaps the bigger question is how did the Ravens let it get to this point?
Their failure to address the wide receiver position either via free agency or through the draft borders on stunning. The fact that the most buzz regarding an addition to the wide receiver group this offseason is about Victor Cruz is disappointing. The Ravens have done a lot of good things on the defensive side of the ball but their inability to find game changers on offense remains their Achilles heel.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t hate the addition of Cruz.
But I wouldn’t expect to see a whole lot of salsa dancing either.