Destinations for Ravens Free Agents

Destinations for Ravens Free Agents
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In 2018 the Baltimore Ravens surpassed the expectations of many by making the playoffs. Their offence during the later part of the season featured rookie quarterback LaMar Jackson and he will be their starting quarterback in 2019. The team’s defence was one of best in the NFL . While the Ravens have the cap space to re-sign several of these players it’s unlikely they resign all of them. I took a look into my crystal ball to suggest landing spots for key players ahead of free agency should they be allowed to walk.

Terrell Suggs, outside linebacker

Logical landing spot: San Francisco 49ers

Suggs is 36 but still has value as a situational pass rusher. The 49ers have spent three first-round picks on their defensive line in the last four drafts. Despite this, edge rush still remains a glaring weakness on their defence. Meanwhile Suggs received a 70.0 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which is above average. Signing Suggs would provide veteran leadership for the unit and a mentor for younger players. Repeating his seven sack 2018 season for the 49ers would be a huge upgrade to the Bay Area team.

John Brown, wide receiver

Logical landing spot: Washington Redskins

Despite playing with a quarterback that rarely looked down field Brown’s seven deep receptions in 2018 were 28th-most in the league. Brown would offer a deep threat for a relatively modest cost. In this scenario he goes to the Redskins where he would take the top off defences and allow Darius Guice to run free as he attempts to return from injury.

C.J. Mosley, inside linebacker

Logical landing spot: Cincinnati Bengals

One of the stars of the Ravens and a team leader, it’s highly unlikely he leaves Baltimore but he’d be an instant upgrade to the middle of the division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals. Mosley excels in coverage and rushing the passer whilst also being a solid tackler and earned his third successive Pro Bowl this year. With Defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap occupying blockers Mosley would be free to play sideline to sideline and upgrade a woeful line backing corp.

Robert Griffin III, quarterback

Logical landing spot: Carolina Panthers

Griffin is coming off a pre season that raised some eyelids as he looked proficient running the offence. The Panthers need an upgrade at backup quarterback and, with his similarities to Cam Newton, Griffin makes sense here. He completed 65.9 per cent of his passes in the pre season and showed signs of recapturing the form of his rookie season.

Maxx Williams, tight end

Logical landing spot: Detroit Lions

Williams would make sense for Detroit as a young tight end (he’s still just 25) that can upgrade the position and offer a solid blocking option at the position to clear the way for Kerryon Johnson. Although used sparingly as a receiver Williams showed his receiving prowess on this play.

Ty Montgomery, running back

Logical landing spot: Indianapolis Colts

After being traded to the Ravens,Ty Montgomery ran just 15 times for 83 yards in 6 games. However, teams may be attracted by his 5.5 yards per carry, his age (only 26) and versatility. This versatility would be lethal for the Colts as he runs behind their offensive line and provides another piece for Frank Reich to utilise. His receiving skills would quickly make him Andrew Luck’s best friend.

Za’Darius Smith, outside linebacker

Logical landing spot: Kansas City Chiefs

OLB 26 – The Chiefs, looking for an upgrade at linebacker, take a chance on Smith’s 2018 stats (45 tackles and 8.5 sacks ) not being an outlier but the first of many. Kansas will benefit from Smith’s disruptive plays at the second level and also his pass rushing ability as he set career highs in 2018.

With other players, including linebacker Patrick Onwuasor and center Matt Skura, also heading to free agency and the likely trade Joe Flacco upcoming the Ravens have several decisions to make if they are to continue their progression. If you have thoughts on my predictions or your own ideas message me @Cumbleton on Twitter.

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