Ravens Could Dive Into WR Free Agent Pool

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The list of free agent wide receivers keeps growing, which is good news for the Ravens. The Lions cut Nate Burleson on Thursday. The Seahawks are likely to cut Sidney Rice before free agency begins March 11. The Broncos may even be forced to cut Wes Welker, whose salary number against the cap jumps from $4 million in 2013 to $8 million in 2014.

Even if none of those players come to Baltimore, more than 50 veteran wide receivers are hitting the market, giving the Ravens many options should they decide to be more aggressive than usual during free agency. Among the most prominent wide receivers set to become free agents are Anquan Boldin of the 49ers, Eric Decker of the Broncos, Julian Edelman of the Patriots, Dexter McCluster of the Chiefs, Hakeem Nicks of the Giants, Emmanuel Sanders of the Steelers, and Golden Tate of the Seahawks.

Don’t expect a Boldin-Ravens reunion, as he is happy with San Francisco and is expected to re-sign there. Decker is likely too expensive for the Ravens’ taste. But Edelman or Sanders? The Ravens might think hard about either one. Sanders is coming off his best season (67 catches, 740 yards, six touchdowns), and he turns 27 years old in March. He can also return punts and kickoffs, giving him added value, especially if the Ravens part with free agent wide receiver Jacoby Jones.

Edelman became Tom Brady’s go-to wide receiver in 2013 with 105 catches. Derrick Mason, who had 103 receptions in 2007, is the only Ravens receiver in history with a 100-catch season. A precise route runner, Edelman would likely have no problem building chemistry with Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco.

The Ravens may decide that signing a proven NFL receiver in free agency is a better option than drafting a wide receiver in the first round who may struggle as a rookie. Should the Ravens dive into free agency, at least the pool is deep.

 

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11 Raves on “Ravens Could Dive Into WR Free Agent Pool

  1. Theodore powell on said:

    O line move safety. Elam and. Get two big safety 6-3 and 6-4
    Move up to 5 pick for sammy watkins. Use compensation picks move up for ebron

  2. Sarcasticfury on said:

    I wouldn’t get my hopes up on Edelman, Tate, Decker, Sanders, or Nicks. Edelman is coming off a career season and will look for a payday. Tate might not even leave Seattle. Decker came off a 1,000 yard season and will look for a payday. The Patriots were very close to stealing Sanders last year. And Nicks is still 26 and could still get a big offer from a team that’s just willing to call it an off year. If the Ravens sign a WR it’ll be someone whose not well known.

  3. Cheri on said:

    I have been saying since the season ended that I hope we get one FA WR and a drafted WR within the first 2 rounds. For and a example imagine if we got a slot guy like Edelman and then a bigger wr like a Jordon Mathews or a Robinson from Penn st. in the second round. How sweet would that be.

  4. Cheri on said:

    Sacasticfury.You are probably right about the prime F/A but I can see them getting a Sydney Rice, Austin Collie type that would be right up Ozzie’s avenue.I would hope they would get one of those cut WR’s and then a younger guy like my above post say.The draft and F/A is so freaking deep at WR this year it would be foolish to think the Ravens will not double dip in that area using f/a and the draft to accomplish that goal.

    • Sarcasticfury on said:

      The concerns with Collie and Sydney Rice is that they’re always injured and Sydney Rice is only 27 and will seek a big deal. I’d think that if Lance Moore were to be a cap cut by the Saints the Ravens should take him or possibly James Jones.

      • Cheri on said:

        Yes L.Moore would be a really cool signing.Never can forget that endzone catch he made against the Ravens it was something to see but I think the Saints may have done their cutting with the 4 players they have let go already.I also think they will be cognizant not to mess with Brees arsenal. I also agree totaly about the injury issues but again that is a” right player right price” that Ozzie usually does very well with.With their injury issues they could come cheaper then one would think.

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