Could More Texans Flock to The Ravens?

Street Talk Could More Texans Flock to The Ravens?

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When free agency begins a week from tomorrow, which players from other teams will the Ravens attempt to sign?

Daryl Smith and Eugene Monroe are the two biggest contributors from last year’s team that the Ravens would like to have back. Other players like Jacoby Jones, Arthur Jones and Corey Graham helped the team a lot but may be asking for too much money.

Jacoby Jones may be especially tough to re-sign for three reasons. First, he carried a $4.9 million cap figure last season. Second, his offensive role could be taken away in the very likely event the Ravens spend a high draft pick on a wide receiver. Third, players like Deonte Thompson, Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson have proven to be dynamic returners.

It would be nice if Jacoby Jones and Vonta Leach (who had his contract terminated last Thursday) could stay in Baltimore. They still have good football left in them and they’d be playing on an offense coordinated by their old head coach (Gary Kubiak).

Kubiak’s transition would be made easier if he was able to coach some of his old players. However in the event a Texans free agent wants to sign with the Ravens, the Ravens might not need him if they already have depth at that position.

But the question is worth asking: Are there any current Texans that would meet needs the Ravens have without breaking the bank? If so, it’s something John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome need to look into.

Of the six offensive unrestricted free agents currently on the Texans roster, I think three of them would fit well in Baltimore.


Greg Jones, Fullback

Age: 32

2013 stats: 2 carries, 2 yards; 5 receptions, 34 yards

2013 cap hit: $1 million

Why Ravens should explore signing him: Unless the Ravens are planning on exclusively running a one-back set, they’d do well to think about signing Jones. He won’t cost a lot and looks to initiate contact. The man is a tank.

Although it was back in his college days, this clip shows you how punishing Greg Jones’ brand of football can be.


Garrett Graham, Tight End

Age: 27

2013 stats: 49 receptions, 545 yards, 5 touchdowns

2013 cap hit: $750,025

Why Ravens should explore signing him: Though Dennis Pitta is now under contract for the next five years, the Ravens and Kubiak should still seek a second tight end for their offense. Ed Dickson hasn’t put up the numbers to merit a starter’s contract. As it is, he earned almost twice ($1.323 million) what Graham earned last year, so Graham would likely give Baltimore more production for comparable money.


Ben Tate, Running Back

Age: 25

2013 stats: 181 carries, 771 yards, 4 touchdowns; 34 receptions, 140 yards

2013 cap hit: $899,250

Why Ravens should explore signing him: It’s no secret the Ravens want to add running back depth. Look at their roster. Who is capable of playing well for extended time besides Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce? They brought in Bernard Scott and Shaun Draughn last season to alleviate the pressure on Rice and Pierce, but Scott and Draughn only totaled eight carries for 16 yards.

Besides the fact that Tate played his high school football in Maryland, he played well in Kubiak’s offense over the past three years. Even though he played behind one of the best running backs in the league (Arian Foster), Tate still averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 4.9 yards per reception as a Texan.

Of the available Texans, signing Tate makes the most sense for the Ravens. They’d be signing a young player that fits a need, won’t demand a lot of money and is familiar with the area.

But most importantly he has produced in Kubiak’s offense.

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Mike was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, transferred to Towson University. At York he hosted various radio shows and wrote for The Spartan (the school’s newspaper). In 2005, he spoke on a panel at the 2005 IBS conference in Manhattan regarding college game day presentation. At Towson, Mike was a public address announcer for multiple sports and majored in Mass Communication, with a focus in sports broadcasting. From 2012-13, he’s covered Ravens training camp, and since 2012, he’s been the social media coordinator for Johns Hopkins during their home men’s lacrosse games. Mike got live a life-long dream when he attended Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens become world champions! If you choose to do so, follow Mike Fast on twitter: @MikeFastNFL

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