2019 NFL Free Agency Scraps: Players Ravens can still target
3. Nick Perry (Outside linebacker)
If the Ravens want a more proven option at outside linebacker than Nick Perry is a player they could target. He has 32 career sacks and he is a decent run defender as well. His best season was in 2016 when he had 52 tackles, 11 sacks and an interception. Perry only played in nine games last year and had 1.5 sacks. Perry wouldn’t be a game changer the way that Houston would be, but he makes a ton of sense for Baltimore. Eric DeCosta lost two pass rushers this offseason and he probably doesn’t want to be too dependent on growth from Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams.
If healthy, Perry is a solid player. He isn’t a player that offensive coordinators will stay up at night, worrying about. He is however a player that could work well opposite of Matt Judon and give the Ravens a solid starting outside linebacker. Perry is also only 28 and he’s just two years removed from the best work of his career. In 2017, he still sacked quarterbacks seven times. He would give the Ravens a veteran presence on the edge of their defense. Another reason Perry makes sense is that he was cut by the Packers. This means he wouldn’t count against the compensatory pick formula.
There are some other options that the Ravens can explore. Ezekiel Ansah is a player that would fill a need, though Ray and Perry seem like better options. Dez Bryant is still available, but if that was going to happen, it would have happened last year, right? This is the point in free agency where scraps are all that remain. It will be interesting to see if DeCosta is done building through free agency, or if he has another move up his sleeve.