Baltimore Ravens: Mike Daniels would be an excellent add for the defense
The Baltimore Ravens swung and missed on trying to sign defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, but they could land Mike Daniels as a “consolation prize.”
It’s not often that a top-end defensive linemen like Mike Daniels get cut this late into the off-season, but here we are… Now that he’s looking for work, maybe the Baltimore Ravens can swoop in and swoon him into signing with the team.
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After all, this is a Baltimore Ravens team that missed on Gerald McCoy after trying hard to sign him following his release with his former-team. Now, Mike Daniels offers a redemption for Baltimore. Better yet, the Ravens could land Daniels on a longer, cheaper deal with a much better outlook from day one.
When all the noise was being made about Baltimore going all-in on McCoy, fans swarmed blogs and posts to state how deep and talented the team’s defensive line is. The unit is still undeniably talented, however it needs one last upgrade; especially if the Ravens are unable to rely on Michael Pierce, who showed up to camp overweight but has since been cleared by the team.
Regardless of the Pierce situation, the same issue that existed during the Gerald McCoy saga still exists now: Baltimore needs a pass rushing d-lineman. Pierce and Brandon Williams are studs, as are the youngsters behind them. Still, none of them are elite as pass rushers.
Headed into 2019, the Ravens have very few established players that can generate high sack numbers. Baltimore can’t, and shouldn’t, be picky about that entering a season in which they plan to compete for a title.
That’s what makes Mike Daniels such a smart, savvy, and underrated potential signing. Daniels is a proven pass rusher who is an absolute bull on the defensive line. The dude has been playing like a Raven since his days at the University of Iowa.
It also wouldn’t take long for Daniels to acquire a leadership role within the team as a whole. Daniels is a vocal leader who doesn’t take any plays off. Having someone like Daniels on the defensive line would give the unit some much needed variety which could alter how the defense as a whole functions.
When a player of Mike Daniels’ caliber hits the market, you’d best be making him an offer. At least half of the NFL interested in his services, as well as the entire AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens would be wise to bring in Mike Daniels before any other team can and give their defense more attitude and talent from the moment his plane touches down in Maryland.