Cons for signing Austin
While Austin can certainly have some value on an offense, he is not going be a #1 receiver. Standing at 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, he’s built to thrive as more of a complimentary receiver. He isn’t the guy that can go up and make contested catches or be a big red zone threat. The Ravens would still need a big-bodied, physical receiver to pair Austin with if they decided to sign him.
As we mentioned earlier, Austin will likely come with a fairly cheap price tag this offseason. While that’s all well and good, there’s a reason for it. Austin’s production and efficiency fell off since signing his big extension. While opportunity and usage are partly to blame, Austin couldn’t seem to replicate his triple-threat 2015 numbers over the last two seasons.
It’s also worth noting that if Austin couldn’t find a secure role on the team of great offensive-minded Sean McVay, is it realistic to assume Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg would be able to use him properly?
The bottom line
Tavon Austin would be an excellent signing for the Ravens if and only if, he comes on an affordable deal. Having him on punt and kickoff returns would be a huge boost for the special teams unit. If he is paired with a true #1 receiver, he can be a great complimentary receiver on the offense as well. Look for the Ravens to give Austin a look in the coming weeks.