Free Agency: Ravens To Re-Sign Ryan Mallett
The Baltimore Ravens made a solid move by re-signing backup quarterback Ryan Mallett
After losing Kyle Juszczyk and Rick Wagner to free agency, the Baltimore Ravens are making moves. The Ravens will be bringing back quarterback Ryan Mallet for next season, as first reported by Ian Rapoport. No contract details have been released yet, but it is good to see the Ravens bringing him back for at least another season. Head coach John Harbaugh has made it clear this offseason that resigning Mallett was a priority.
The Ravens originally brought in Mallett in December of the 2015 season on a two year deal. He started the final two games for the Ravens and went 1-1 with 566 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. It was an instant upgrade over backups Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clauson, who could not get the job done earlier in the season. With a healthy Joe Flacco in 2016, Mallett saw little to no game time, but having him as the backup is a major key. I think he is good enough to be a starter for some NFL teams at the moment.
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The Bottom Line:
This signing may go under the radar and bore many fans, but it is an important one. Having an experienced backup quarterback is important to any NFL team. Joe Flacco has proven his durability, but there is always a possibility of a freak injury. Just take the 2015 season for example. At the age of 32 with a previous knee injury, you never know what can happen. If something were to happen to Flacco, you want a quarterback that knows what they are doing out on the field. No Mallett will not put up crazy numbers, but that is not his job. He goes out on the field and does enough to win games. Keeping Mallett could also give the Ravens an opportunity to draft a rookie quarterback. The rookie would be able to develop under two experienced quarterbacks without having the pressure of seeing any game time.