The Baltimore Ravens reportedly hosted free agent wide receivers Michael Floyd and Willie Snead for tryouts yesterday.
The Baltimore Ravens were able to nab veterans John Brown and Michael Crabtree in free agency, but the wide receiver core still leaves much to be desired. Limited players remain on the current free agent market but Ozzie Newsome isn’t done searching just yet. He’s keen on exhausting all of the Ravens’ options.
Per Field Yates, the team tried out wide receiver Michael Floyd yesterday.
Willie Snead was also part of the tryout.
It’s been a far fall from grace for Floyd. The former 2012 first-round pick put together a fairly successful career with the Cardinals in four seasons but drops and a DUI arrest quickly wore out his welcome. Since Floyd’s release in 2016, he hasn’t been anywhere near close to the same receiver. He’s totaled just 120 receiving yards and one touchdown over the course 13 games with the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings.
There’s a reason why interest has been limited in Floyd’s camp but even that hasn’t stopped the Ravens.
Of the two, Snead certainly looks like the more intriguing option. Fresh off a disappointing 2017 campaign, Snead is a restricted free agent looking for a fresh start. He’s a gritty possession receiver who earns tough yards and has the ability to extend plays. At just 25-years old, Snead would provide much-needed youth to combat the signings of Browns and Crabtree.
Because Snead is a restricted free agent signed to an original tender, the Ravens would not be forced to fork over any draft compensation if the two sides agreed to a deal. That’s extremely important for Newsome and the front office. They’re already on the right side of the compensatory formula with the departures of Ryan Jensen, Mike Wallace, and Ben Watson.
Any other free agent signing this offseason won’t be glamorous but that’s expected. What other choice do the Ravens have with limited cap space and a limited pool to pick from?
However, that still isn’t a reason to be pessimistic. While there isn’t a No. 1 receiver available, the Ravens can find a productive No. 3 or No. 4 wideout. At this point, that’s just as important for the depth chart.