The Baltimore Ravens have to make the right decisions in NFL Free Agency. Here are four offensive players they should avoid come March:
1. Robby Anderson:
While it may seem like a good idea to go after a young wide receiver who is starting to become an NFL star, Robby Anderson shouldn’t be on the Ravens wish list. It isn’t because Anderson isn’t a good receiver. He had 52 receptions for almost 800 yards and scored five touchdowns in the 2019 campaign. Anderson has big play potential, but he’s also one of the priciest free agent options. Spotrac.com has his market value estimated at an average annual salary of over $12 million. That’s a lot for Anderson. The Ravens would have to overpay him to bring him to Baltimore.
Anderson has three seasons in a row with at least 50 receptions however he’s never had a 1,000 yard season. He’s never scored more than seven touchdowns in a year. The case could be made that he is a budding star in the NFL, that he’s about to blossom into the next big thing.
It’s an argument his agent will certainly be pushing during the NFL free agency rush. The argument could also be made that Anderson is what he is. He’s a good, not great receiver who makes a big play here or there. The Ravens would have to pay Anderson to be a number one wide receiver, or a very well paid number two target. They can’t justify the kind of contract they will have to doll out.
The Ravens have to know what they’re getting from a free agent wide receiver. If the Ravens feel comfortable with A.J. Green, they should target him. Emanuel Sanders is another veteran wide receiver that would make a lot of sense for Baltimore. The Ravens can’t take risks at wide receiver. Signing Anderson just isn’t the right call.