As most of you are aware the Ravens brought in Dez Bryant last week to kick the tires a bit. Word is the workout went well but Dez left Baltimore without a deal. Sometimes you walk away and leave the car on the showroom floor waiting for a better deal.
But I digress…
At this point, it doesn’t appear that the Ravens need Dez. Marquise Brown looks like he will present major problems for Ravens opponents, Willie Snead is dependable, Miles Boykin is coming on and both rookies, Devin Duvernay and James Proche have had very productive camps.
Dez might be an insurance policy. If the young receivers look like deer in headlights when the regular season starts, it would be no surprise if the Ravens make the call to Bryant. GM Eric DeCosta probably has Dez among his favorites on his iPhone.
All things being equal and if Dez is healthy, he would fit in well with the Ravens offense, assuming he’s got some game left. The Ravens have had success with WR’s late in their careers: Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Sr. It’s possible that DeCosta might try and wait until after the first game so that if signed, they can cut Bryant at any time without recourse. The Ravens may have even tried to get him signed without guarantees and if so, I’m sure they some push back from Dez’ agent.
When all is said and done, if the young receivers carry their camp momentum into the season, there’s no need for Dez. But if they go into vapor lock like Boykin did last season…
Newfound Cap Space
Now that the Ravens have created $6M in additional cap space with the release of Earl Thomas, some believe that DeCosta will engage in a modest shopping spree. If the Ravens believe that their conduct detrimental to the team case is rock solid, I would expect to see the Ravens GM seeking out some roster BOTOX, filling in some wrinkles at reserve tackle, tight end and perhaps safety. But I don’t expect a splash signing such as Jadeveon Clowney.
One tight end that the Ravens really liked in the 2017 NFL Draft was Evan Engram. They even graded the former Ole Miss Rebel higher than Alabama’s O.J. Howard. Here’s a report from Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post on Engram. Sounds like DeCosta might have a better shot with some online slots.
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) August 25, 2020