Baltimore Ravens Must Address Wide Receiver Position

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The Baltimore Ravens have let a lot of players come off of the free agent board and need to spend it on a wide receiver.

Torrey Smith, a former Ravens receiver, has  signed with the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3-year/$15 million deal. Former Los Angeles Rams receiver Kenny Britt has signed with the Cleveland Browns for a 4-year/$32.5 million deal. Kenny Stills has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins for a 4-year/$32 million deal. Former New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has signed with the New York Giants for a 2-year/$12 million deal. Former Washington Redskins receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon have signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers respectively.

What’s the issue with this? None of these players were reportedly targeted by the Ravens.

It’s not to say that Baltimore should have signed Britt or Marshall, but it baffles me as to how the Ravens rarely ever attempt to find players at the receiver position and when they do, its usually an aging veteran that just has a few years left in the tank. Then with the rare times that they hit on draft picks, they allow them to walk. Smith being one of the biggest examples.

There has only been one other receiver that has done what Smith has at the position: score 11 touchdowns in one season. His name is Michael Jackson. No not hehe Michael Jackson, but the wide receiver. However, that’s neither here nor there.

Michael Jackson, Baltimore Ravens/Cleveland Browns
The Ravens Michael Jackson is pictured (right) alongside with the late pop superstar Michael Jackson (upper left hand corner). (Via Rolling Stone)

They’ve missed with Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton, and the jury is still out on Breshad Perriman. Perriman still deserves the benefit of the doubt with his injury history and big play ability. We still don’t know what he’ll do next season. He has the potential, but the Ravens need to be more safe than sorry. No offense to general manager Ozzie Newsome, but MY GOODNESS. You have to make some strides in addressing the wide receiver position.

Maybe they should trade up for Mike Williams of Clemson. They could possibly give Corey Davis a shot (a player who I detailed in the past). I also like Chad Hansen from California.

Or they could sign Alshon Jeffrey. I don’t know, but they have to get someone to put alongside Mike Wallace and Perriman.

About Kyle Andrews 90 Articles
Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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