Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we cover all the Baltimore Ravens trade rumors madness going on, look at ten players who are on the roster bubble heading into Thursday night’s game, and find out that Torrey Smith didn’t think that Brandon Meriweather deserved a suspension for his illegal hit Saturday night.
Baltimore Ravens Trade Rumors Madness
Speculation is flying around the web that the Ravens could potentially trade for a cornerback in light of all the injuries they have suffered at the position lately. Perhaps a team with a disgruntled or unneeded corner could swing a deal just before the season starts?
As we reported yesterday, despite the speculation, John Harbaugh told the press not to get their hopes up about a trade. Harbaugh doesn’t feel like the team is in a desperate situation. But then he somewhat contradicted that statement.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 26, 2014
Sooo…which is it? We aren’t surprised that the team is keeping any potential interest it might have in another player close to the vest. If they appeared desperate, another team with a coveted asset could ask for richer compensation in return. In reality, if the price is right on a player they like, the Ravens could pull the trigger. But don’t count on it.
Which is not to say that the team doesn’t have a history of making trades, as Aaron Wilson at the Baltimore Sun reminds us. Though rare, they have made a few low level deals over the years. Just don’t expect some blockbuster trade to take place. Ozzie covets his draft picks too much to give them up.
Ten players on the roster bubble
The official Ravens site has a nice slideshow highlighting ten players who are on the roster bubble heading into Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Saints. And unsurprisingly, three of them are wide receivers. Kamar Aiken was once thought of as a lock to make the roster, but he has quieted lately and missed practice on Monday with a migraine.
The same is true of Tramain Jacobs. We still think he will stick, but mainly because the team is so desperate for healthy corners. He wasn’t terrible Saturday night, but he wasn’t spectacular either. And we still think that Ryan Jensen will get the axe.
Torrey Smith doesn’t think Brandon Meriweather should have been suspended
Once again showing off his class and maturity as a player, Torrey Smith expressed via Twitter that he didn’t think the NFL needed to suspend Redskin’s safety Brandon Meriweather for his helmet to helmet hit Saturday night.
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) August 26, 2014
It’s a classy move by Smith, but as we all know by now, Meriweather has a reputation for these kinds of things. The NFL can’t afford to let him continue to make these kinds of hits when they are already taking a lot of heat over concussions. If he can’t adjust his style of play, it’s time for Meriweather to consider another profession.